First of all my specs are:
- CPU is currently a i7-950 at 3.9Ghz with Arctic Freezer 13 Pro CO
- GPU is a MSI 7970 at 1190 core clock.
- PSU is a Corsair 850W TX Power supply
- 6 GB of RAM
- 1920x1080p gaming
- Computer used solely for gaming (Battlefield 3, upcoming Guild Wars 2, Skyrim, Dragon age 2, COD etc).
Now my birthday is coming up and my girlfriend has agreed to buy me some computer parts.
Based on my gaming needs (i prefer max settings, and generally focus alot more on FPS competitively), so i wanted to ask,
Sp my options for the present are:
Would there be any real advantage FPS wise of significant magnitude to upgrade from my I7-950 @ 3.9Ghz to a I7-2600K (new motherboard and ram of course) to clock it to 4.5-4.8Ghz?
Another 7970 graphics card (i intend to go 120hz for FPS gaming soon anyway).
By the way does anyone have any comparisons between equally clocked i7-950 and a i7-2600K (for gaming - not encoding or other stuff that i don't do).
I attempted to track some down, but it is proving hard to find a direct comparison. So far the results kind of show the i7-2600k would "appear" to be around 10% faster than the i7-950 if they both were at the same clock.
Why is the 2600k significantly better than the i7-950 @ 3.9ghz (for gaming of course)?
Yea i think 7970 crossfire with 120hz monitor might be the way to go until Haswell CPU.
7970 + i7-950 certainly has no problems running anything at the moment. But since its a birthday present, i figured why not get a new piece for my computer. lol.
Still looking for opinions though.
With a single 7970 you won't see much of a difference between the 950 @ 3.9 and an i5-2500k OCd in anything but CPU bound games.
7970 crossfire will show a greater leap in performance due to the CPU having a much higher workload.
The i5-2500k will overclock easily to 4.4-4.6, 4.6-5.0 with high quality air, and 4.8-5.2 with proper water cooling. Add another 10% IPC and you have a significant increase. Where as Nehalem CPUs (like the 950) get 3.8-4.0 with air and 4.0-4.4 (if lucky) with liquid.
Having a high-resolution monitor (2500x1600) changes this due to putting massive amounts of stress on the GPU(s) lowering the FPS, making the CPU work less.
I do agree, possibly go with something other than CPU at this time. Nehalem is still badass by today's standards and overclocked has no problem putting out massive FPS on any game.