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Exchanging cpu, mobo, ram>SB, Big upgrade?

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January 7, 2011 3:39:48 PM

Hey guys!

As SB is arriving with big steps, I'm sure excited, and i think many others are so too!

So since some months back I decided to upgrade my system... been going back and forward deciding if I should go for an I5-760 or I7-950, but as it was so close to SB release (1-2 months) so i decided to wait... and now it's finally soon time to order ;D

My current system is composed an

AMD Phenom II x2 555 BE OC'd to 3.8 GHz
Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H
4 gig ram 800 MHZ (dont know the brand ;p)
ATi radeon 5770 (slightly OC'd)

What i'm going to exchange it to is

Intel i5 2500k (will OC to about 4 GHZ)
Gigabyte P67A-UD4
Some random ram, 4 gig, 1333 MHz most likely (may OC)
And ill also get a new Cooler master case for more effective cooling.
(I'll keep the graphics card)

I've also got a power supply to cover this.

So now I wonder. When I've installed all of it, how much benefit will I see when i play games for example?
Not exact numbers...but an estimation or something like it ;) 
Thanks!
January 7, 2011 3:49:17 PM

Very little. Games are not cpu intensive.
January 7, 2011 4:10:34 PM

^
I agree unless your playing a game like civ V that uses a lot of CPU, if I were you I wouldnt even bother, maybe wait for bulldozer?
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January 7, 2011 4:15:59 PM

Ahh my mistake there... -.- The main game I'm playing is WoW, and I've heard it's a quite processor intense game, and currently I've sometimes got problems with my processor, it seem to be unable to handle it at times..
January 7, 2011 4:20:51 PM

oh.... hm.... in that case i would just swap your CPU for a phenom II x6 t1090 or what ever its called :p  im sure it would be cheaper than getting a whole new mobo
January 7, 2011 4:26:19 PM

OFC it would be cheaper, but In all benchmarks I've checked, they seem to indicate that SB is performing outstanding in WOW. So that's the reason im going for one of those ;) 
January 7, 2011 4:27:14 PM

I'm willing to bet it won't affect or improve your abilit to procure epics.
January 7, 2011 4:27:50 PM

Your choice, I really hate WoW so i have no idea XD
January 7, 2011 4:29:56 PM

Or.. Do you guys think i should get an AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition / AMD Phenom II 970/975 and instead use the leftover money on a GTX 470/570?
January 7, 2011 4:31:28 PM

What GPU are you using now?
January 7, 2011 4:35:34 PM

ATI radeon 5770
January 7, 2011 4:36:48 PM

I'm using a GTS 450 so i consider what you have pretty good :p 
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January 7, 2011 4:39:55 PM

mall said:
Or.. Do you guys think i should get an AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition / AMD Phenom II 970/975 and instead use the leftover money on a GTX 470/570?


Realistically, an upgrade to a Phenom II X4 would probably be the most cost effective way of getting more from your PC. You won't have to upgrade the motherboard or RAM either. As you can see from the benchmarks below there isn't a lot of difference between the X4 and X6 in terms of gaming, particularly in WoW I'd go for the X4.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=102&i=47....

That being said if you did want to go SandyBridge, here's some early gaming benchmarks:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=102&i=47....

Read into them what you will, the choice is yours really depending on how much you want to spend and how much more you want from your system.

EDIT: Of course you'll also have to consider at what point your GPU will be the limiting factor on gaming performance at which point a faster CPU won't make a lot of difference.
January 7, 2011 4:42:12 PM

Yeah, well... so nobody thinks ill get some kind of performance boost, either while just using the computer, and also when playing wow, im asking mainly people that has actually upgraded their CPU when playing wow, as they should know. Altho, im able to sell, my mobo, cpu and ram for 130£ ;D so i think ill go for the SB processor after all, but all depends ^^
January 7, 2011 4:43:30 PM

moody89 said:
Realistically, an upgrade to a Phenom II X4 would probably be the most cost effective way of getting more from your PC. You won't have to upgrade the motherboard or RAM either. As you can see from the benchmarks below there isn't a lot of difference between the X4 and X6 in terms of gaming, particularly in WoW I'd go for the X4.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=102&i=47....

That being said if you did want to go SandyBridge, here's some early gaming benchmarks:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=102&i=47....

Read into them what you will, the choice is yours really depending on how much you want to spend and how much more you want from your system.

EDIT: Of course you'll also have to consider at what point your GPU will be the limiting factor on gaming performance at which point a faster CPU won't make a lot of difference.

Thanks dude! Ill look over it, and decide after !
January 7, 2011 5:03:07 PM

Ok, I've decided to take the i5 SB! (after all, I also want to test some new technologies ;D)
It has got a overall very nice boost for World of Warcraft!
Ill buy a better graphics card later on if nececary, afterall, i found a friend that was buying my old equipment, so its nice for both him and me!
Thanks for all the help!
January 7, 2011 5:27:08 PM

Now you just need to decide which Sandy Bridge CPU to get :p 
January 7, 2011 9:54:22 PM

I'll get the i5 2500k, 2600k is more expensive, and it doesnt go over 2500k in games ;) 
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January 7, 2011 10:46:27 PM

Since when is wow a cpu intensive game?? I ran it on my old pentiumD 805 (dual core @ 2.66ghz0, run it on my T6600 laptop (dual core 2.1ghz), Basically the two oldest slowest machines I have/had. Migrated the 805 machine to a home server only last year and up until then it played Wow.
January 8, 2011 10:58:45 AM

OR... would you guys recomend me to rather get a Phenom II X4, 965BE and the get an upgrade to my graphics card, lets say 5770>6950?
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