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January 1, 2012 5:52:45 PM

Hey folks. Im looking to upgrade my two and some year old PC, what component(s) should I be upgrading first. Mostly used for gaming, music, and movies.

Current Specs are

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.80 Ghz LGA 775
Mobo: Gigabyte EP45-UD3L [LGA 775]
GPU: Msi Radeon 6850 OC Power Edition 'Cyclone'
RAM: Kingston 2GBx2 DDR2 800
HDD: WD 500GB @ 5400 + 1.0 TB WD @5400
Case: Asus Vento [3x12cm + 1x18cm fans]
PSU: Coolermaster Extreme Power 600W [non-modular]
Speaks: Logitech Z-2300 2.1 200W
Acc: Logitech MX518, Razer Goliathus Alpha

I mean, what dyou think is holding the performance back the most?

Any help is much appreciated! :) 

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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 5:56:26 PM

The core itself is pretty old (motherboard, processor, RAM). I would start saving up and switch the whole thing out at once.

The i3-2120, i4-2400, and i5-2500k are all very solid performance wise.

If you are on a tight budget, the AMD 955+ processors offer good bang for the buck.
January 1, 2012 6:03:04 PM

Yeah that is true. But a decent combination will require, say, atleast around $350 I think? For an Intel CPU...

Would an AMD combo hurt? performance wise?
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January 1, 2012 6:20:53 PM

You won't really save anything by going AMD, Yuo should just spend less on intel, For example The Sandy Bridge stuff beats everything amd in a given price range, and the motherboards are similarly priced vs. amd stuff. So if your trying to spend $200 buy an I3 , If you can spend 300ish go with an I5.
a c 78 B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 6:29:59 PM

AMD processors are generally considered to be behind Intel in power.

They provide good results for those on tight budgets, but for people who have the ability to spend more on their new computers people almost always suggest Intel.

As for an Intel build, the i5-2400k will be about $190, a micro board would be another $65ish, and RAM would be another $40 maybe. That adds to about $300. A 2500k would reach up to $350.

You didn't mention exactly which processor you had, but if you call it an E7500 for the sake of argument, a regular i5-2500 would be between 50% and 250% better in most every respect.

If you go to this link

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/87?vs=288

There is a comparison chart with dozens of different benchmarks.

Here is one gaming benchmark (Far Cry 2, medium settings)
Core 2 duo 7500 = 39 FPS
2500k = 79 FPS

Not all of them have that big of a difference, but many do and a lot have an even bigger difference.
January 1, 2012 7:51:42 PM

Raiddinn said:
AMD processors are generally considered to be behind Intel in power.

They provide good results for those on tight budgets, but for people who have the ability to spend more on their new computers people almost always suggest Intel.

As for an Intel build, the i5-2400k will be about $190, a micro board would be another $65ish, and RAM would be another $40 maybe. That adds to about $300. A 2500k would reach up to $350.

You didn't mention exactly which processor you had, but if you call it an E7500 for the sake of argument, a regular i5-2500 would be between 50% and 250% better in most every respect.

If you go to this link

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/87?vs=288

There is a comparison chart with dozens of different benchmarks.

Here is one gaming benchmark (Far Cry 2, medium settings)
Core 2 duo 7500 = 39 FPS
2500k = 79 FPS

Not all of them have that big of a difference, but many do and a lot have an even bigger difference.


Very useful answer, thanks a whole lot! Its a E7400, slightly lesser than a E7500 but yes almost the same thing. Your suggestion does make a lot of sense. Thanks for your help mate :) 
a c 78 B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 8:01:08 PM

You can use the same website to compare the differences in power between any two processors you are considering. Go to town with it.
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