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Core 2 duo 6750 UPGRADE to SB now or wait SBE or IvyB?

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July 13, 2011 6:52:13 PM

Hello,

I currently have:

Core 2 duo 6750 @ 3.6 ghz
4gb ram
Ati 5870

this rig had done its job over the last few years (2007-2011) through upgrading ram, video card and a SSD, and i feel it has finally hit a wall. it is most noticable when i try to run crysis 2 DX11 and high res pack

it ran most modern games 1080p around 60fps just fine, like sc2 and some serious fps like crysis 1, blink around 35-45 fps, but now this old bad boy will retire to become my dad's overkill porn rig *tears*

i need expert advice on upgrades from you guys out there
which of the following would you go with???

1. sandy bridge 2600k or 2500k now
2. wait for amd bulldozer
3. wait for sandy bridge E or ivy bridge

i am IN NO HURRY to upgrade because this current rig can still play most modern games @ 1080p 35-60fps and my frd has i7-920 + GTX580, and he is talking smack ever since he has it, so i want to completely obliterate his rig, i work full time and i still live @ home with my parents, currently saving up for a mortgage, so money isn't too much of an issue, but i don't want to be stupid and spend $1000 for an extreme processor when something of close performance cost only $300, kinda like how 2600k owns i7-990X

let me know your opinions, any advice would be greatly appreciated
THANKS!
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July 13, 2011 7:19:37 PM

Your friend will keep having better performance until you upgrade your video card (GTX 580>HD 5870). And yes you will require a complete platform upgrade as well. On the CPU front, the i5 2500K will easily match up (surpass actually) the i7 920 performance.
July 13, 2011 7:35:58 PM

Emperus said:
Your friend will keep having better performance until you upgrade your video card (GTX 580>HD 5870). And yes you will require a complete platform upgrade as well. On the CPU front, the i5 2500K will easily match up (surpass actually) the i7 920 performance.


which of the following would you go with considering my situation?

1. sandy bridge 2600k or 2500k now
2. wait for amd bulldozer
3. wait for sandy bridge E or ivy bridge

keep in mind i am in NO HURRY and i wouldn't mind spending a little bit more on new tech
thanks for your advice
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July 13, 2011 7:56:15 PM

Right now very few games are taking advantage of more than 3 threads. Because of this the 8 threads (4 core/4 hyper-threaded) supported by the Intel Core i7-2600K for most people has very little value. So for a gaming environment the difference between the Intel Core i5-2500K and Intel Core i7-2600K comes down to 100MHz and $100. I can get all the performance that I want from the Intel Core i5-2500K for gaming so why wait for another processor. If I were to be doing some video/audio or some other heavily multi-threaded software then maybe I would wait but right now the Intel Core i5-2500K just that good.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team

July 13, 2011 8:00:00 PM

If you are in absolutely no hurry, and this is what I'm doing as well, just wait maybe till the end of the year and see what develops as far as Ivy Bridge, Bulldozer etc..

Even if you decide to get the same sandy bridge setup (2500 or 2600k), you would have lost nothing. If anything the prices may come down. And if the options you are waiting for look even better than planned, then excellent for you.

If you were in a hurry I would say just upgrade now, but it might be fun to wait and see what comes out :) 
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July 13, 2011 10:17:50 PM

2500k now is a good option. Its a huge upgrade and will last a few years, especially when overclocked. Im in the same upgrade boat right now but dont have the cash as yet for a 2500k, so im gonna wait to see what bulldozer has in store. If i had the cash i would happily go for a 2500k
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July 13, 2011 10:25:55 PM

In my personal option, i would get the 2500k.

I just dont see amd bulldozer, intel sandy bridge E, or ivy bridge being much (if any) faster than what's here now for gaming.

Unless you plan on doing something beyond gaming like something with audio, video, arts, programming, ext. That would be my cpu of choice.
July 14, 2011 12:50:46 AM

I'de wait for the AMD octacores. They should be out in the coming month. If they dont turn out to be as good as u hoped, the 2500k will stilll be there, possibly with a lower price.
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July 14, 2011 3:20:14 AM

^that sounds good in theory, but you dont understand what its like when you have the money.....and you see all these things you want to buy....and you just cant wait!!!! and they keep delaying bulldozer!!!
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July 14, 2011 4:04:51 AM

ben_mojo said:
which of the following would you go with considering my situation?

1. sandy bridge 2600k or 2500k now
2. wait for amd bulldozer
3. wait for sandy bridge E or ivy bridge

keep in mind i am in NO HURRY and i wouldn't mind spending a little bit more on new tech
thanks for your advice


Personally, I'd straight away opt for the i5 2500k. However, my first point still remains. Your goal is to get better performance compared to your friends rig. That is not going to happen unless you upgrade to better video card(s). Without it, regardless of which processor you upgrade to, your friend will be enjoying slightly better performance numbers.
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July 14, 2011 4:18:29 AM

Since you are in no hurry, it seems you are still satisfied with the performance of your current PC despite it's age. I would just wait until your think your system is really too slow for your taste.

July 15, 2011 6:15:38 AM

more advice?
July 15, 2011 8:08:56 AM

Wait till September and see if Bulldozer is out. If it is as amazing as the AMD enthusiasts are saying then it will be worth it ,or at the very least drive down Intel prices to a reasonable level for competition. Sandy Bridge is great but no game will use that power for another year at least and the prices of Intel chips are insane because there is a major lack of comparisons.

Not that the AMD chips aren't currently capable for the money you pay but techheads like useless nonsense in their computers and will feed the market irregardless of their capabilities.

I would

A) wait for Bulldozer while watching i5 2500k prices
B) Check the comparisons on motherboard prices and overclock ability ( if you don't care for this then you don't need to buy the K chips)
C) Buy chip depending on the performance difference.
July 15, 2011 9:50:03 AM

IMO it's a great time to X-Fire that 5870. The FPs you'll gain from that will eclypse any gain from rebuilding with Snd.B. Snd.B and Ivy.B are ondie IGP solutions that are not designed to work with descrete GPU's, just something else that needs to be disabled. If your current rig can't get there, maybe rebuild with i5/7 and X-Fire and your friends rig will start to pale....put your money into something new like eyefinity and have a new experience....
July 22, 2011 7:36:13 AM

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July 22, 2011 1:48:02 PM

ben_mojo said:
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well i dont think your going to get many more replies. ;)  Already at least had 1/2 of the cpu guys on this forum comment.
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July 22, 2011 1:53:04 PM

If you feel the urge to spend money now then upgrade.

If not, then wait.
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