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October 2, 2011 5:15:35 AM

My System
> Mainboard : EVGA 132-YW-E179-FTW
> Chipset : nVidia nForce 790i SLi SPP
> Processor : Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 @ 2666MHz
> Physical Memory : 8192MB (4 x 2048 DDR3-SDRAM )
> Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 x2 Sli
> Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 PhysX
> Hard Disk : NVIDIA STRIPE 596.18G (640GB)


I am a gamer so with games like Battlefield 3 and Diablo III coming soon
I was thinking it may be time to upgrade.

My plans or to go with this. Processor..Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz.
And a EVGA P67 FTW 160-SB-E679-K2 MB.

Is this going to make a big difference?
Or should I just wait longer?


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October 2, 2011 6:03:29 AM

It's time to upgrade when you think your current PC is too slow for whatever it is you use it for.

MHz for MHz, a Sandy Bridge CPU generally has about 25% - 28% more performance than a 1st generation C2D / C2Q CPU.

Generally speaking, the Core i5-2500k would be better for games than the Core i7-2600k which costs about $100 more. The i7-2600k is 100MHz faster than the i5-2500k and it also has Hyper Threading (HT), however games do not use HT (at least not yet).
October 2, 2011 6:20:33 AM

+1 to jag...

I have an i7-2600k OC'd to 4.4... Most games only use 1 core. The 8 (4 real + 4 HT) do not come into play much. I onl;y have one game that currently uses all cores. BulletStorm.
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October 2, 2011 6:32:24 AM

why dont you overclock your CPU? If your not comfortable with overclocking then yes, new CPU would be a good idea. If you can OC the cpu to 3.2ghz then you can wait a bit longer, new CPU's are just around the corner from both intel and AMD.
October 2, 2011 7:04:26 AM

I have the I7 2600K and I run 3 monitors. The hyper threading does come into use on games, not all. I play BO and I see that it gets used just when loading to next map.
October 2, 2011 8:48:56 AM

Thx for Replys :D 
Jag your right my PC has always played everything I have ask it to with very good FPS.
I have had this chip for a long time...its just hard to see all the new shiny CPU and not want one.. :lol: 


I may try to OC it never really tried to not sure how far i could take it on air.
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