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Upgrade from a E5200 to a i3 worth it?

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July 13, 2010 5:35:14 PM

I currently have an slow pentium dual core e5200 which is too slow for my needs even when overclocked to 3.8 ghz, it can't handle need for speed shift very well neither far cry 2 and it almost dies in gta iv giving me no playable framerate and a bottleneck for my 4850.

i will soon upgrade to a 5870 but then ofcourse my current cpu will bottleneck that one even more so i was wondering if i should upgrade to an core i3 system and if it will be worth it, also i extract large winrar and iso files somewhat often, i can't afford an i5 or i7 in my budget, and i might upgrade to an i7 later down the road if i have to.


Should i go for it? will it bottleneck a 5870?

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July 13, 2010 5:39:57 PM

you will be more than pleased with an i3
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July 13, 2010 5:51:03 PM

^+1 i have an i3 530 and it's very impressive for the price.
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July 13, 2010 6:17:05 PM

You'll need to buy a 1156 motherboard and DDR3 motherboard in order to use an i3 cpu. For the price, you're better off getting a 775 quad core. If you live next to a Microcenter, Q9550s only cost $180, while OEM Q8200s cost $100.

i3s on the 1156 motherboard are fast, but they're still dual cores with HT, so they won't perform as good as a real quad core in multi-core operations.

At the moment, I say just buy a 775 quad from Microcenter or buy a used 775 cpu off of ebay (Q6600s cost $90 on ebay) and overclock it.
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July 13, 2010 6:57:00 PM

Bluescreendeath is right. Instead of going for a whole new platform, just get a 775 quad core. Granted, they are old & on their way out. But they still pack a solid performance punch; & a nicely overclocked one will serve you well atleast for the next couple of years. Plus it won't bottleneck your new 5870. Plus you save tons by keeping your entire current platform. From those savings, you could go DDR3 right now. Or get an SSD. Or just keep it for future.

If you do insist on a new platform, instead of the i3, go with Athlon II X3 440 or X4 635. Both are cheaper & have more cores.
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July 13, 2010 7:34:26 PM

Bluescreendeath said:
You'll need to buy a 1156 motherboard and DDR3 motherboard in order to use an i3 cpu. For the price, you're better off getting a 775 quad core. If you live next to a Microcenter, Q9550s only cost $180, while OEM Q8200s cost $100.

i3s on the 1156 motherboard are fast, but they're still dual cores with HT, so they won't perform as good as a real quad core in multi-core operations.

At the moment, I say just buy a 775 quad from Microcenter or buy a used 775 cpu off of ebay (Q6600s cost $90 on ebay) and overclock it.

i don't have any q9550's near me, only q8200 and some core 2 duo, maybe its still selling at usa but over here it doesn't but tnx anyway
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July 13, 2010 10:10:01 PM

Where do you live? You could probably get some good deals on ebay....
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July 14, 2010 2:22:20 AM

I have to agree with bluescreen on this one. And actually what you have now, the bottleneck is your GPU not your CPU. @ 3.8 its plenty of CPU.

I think your probably playing with the resolution and settings higher then your GPU wants to run.
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July 14, 2010 2:37:02 AM

Why spend $100+ on an i3 chip, and another $100+ on the motherboard, and another $100+ on DDR3 RAM?

He could just get a Q6600 on ebay for $100.

See on your image, that Q6600 at only 2.4GHz, is superior to an AthlonIIx4 at 2.8GHz. It is also superior to the low and middle end PhenomIIx4s.
The Q6600 can overclock to 3.6Ghz without too much trouble, and more with voltage increases.

A Q6600 at 3.33GHz would be equal or superior to an E8600 at 3.33GHz, and according to those benchmarks an E8600 at 3.33GHz beats an i5 661 at 3.33GHz.

Furthermore, that benchmark is a game, which only uses 2 cores. In an application that uses 4 cores or more, the Q6600 overclocked will dominate.

So he can get superior performance with an OCed Q6600 for $100 on ebay VS having to upgrade his entire system for $300+
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July 14, 2010 2:43:43 PM

Bluescreendeath said:
Why spend $100+ on an i3 chip, and another $100+ on the motherboard, and another $100+ on DDR3 RAM?

He could just get a Q6600 on ebay for $100.

See on your image, that Q6600 at only 2.4GHz, is superior to an AthlonIIx4 at 2.8GHz. It is also superior to the low and middle end PhenomIIx4s.
The Q6600 can overclock to 3.6Ghz without too much trouble, and more with voltage increases.

A Q6600 at 3.33GHz would be equal or superior to an E8600 at 3.33GHz, and according to those benchmarks an E8600 at 3.33GHz beats an i5 661 at 3.33GHz.

Furthermore, that benchmark is a game, which only uses 2 cores. In an application that uses 4 cores or more, the Q6600 overclocked will dominate.

So he can get superior performance with an OCed Q6600 for $100 on ebay VS having to upgrade his entire system for $300+


ebay is way to far away from here, i can't find any used q6600 selling over here and i don't wanna buy a used cpu, the best cpu i can find for socket 775 is a q9400 but they cost as much as it would cost for me to upgrade to an i3 platform over here and also i would be stuck with no upgrade path, with a i3 and 1156 and ddr3 i could just throw in a i7 if i really have to, but thanks anyway for your advice


but i was just wondering if it really would be an upgrade for me to go for a i3 over my current e5200 or if i should stay with my cpu and if it wouldn't bottleneck a 5870?
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July 16, 2010 1:30:40 PM

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