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February 7, 2012 2:06:03 AM

I have a small home network and I recently bought a new i5 2500k/MSI Z68A-GD65 G3. My current rig is a Phenom II X4 965/Asus Crosshair V. I'm wondering which system is better to use as my main? The rest of the system will be reused and I will have similar components for the other mobo.

Current rig

Case: Antec DF-85
Mobo: Asus Crosshair V Formula
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965
GPU: Radeon 5850 1GB GDDR5
RAM: Kingston 8GB DDR3 1333 (2x4GB)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 SATA2
PSU: Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600Watt
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit

Will the i5 be a nice upgrade or can I expect similar performance?

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February 7, 2012 2:23:54 AM

Use the i5, it will give better performance.
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February 7, 2012 3:07:30 AM

The i5 2500K will offer a noticeable performance boost.
Even @ 4.0GHz to 4.2GHz, which is the usual max for the Phenom II X4s, it only matches a stock i7 920 in some tasks (gaming mainly).
The i5 2500K can OC much higher than that (+4.5GHz with a good aftermarket cooler), running cooler and using less power (someone correct me if I am wrong on this one).
If you game, work with files (compressing, converting, etc.), do 3D work, and so on, you will notice the difference.
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February 7, 2012 3:26:00 AM

Yeah The i5.... You Will Spend More $$ And Wont Even Notice The Differance, Go For That

Your Current Hardware Selection Is Fine Especially For The Price
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February 7, 2012 3:34:52 AM

The i5 2500k is the optimal upgrade, but don't you think it's a little early to upgrade? The X4 965 is quite powerful, not quite so as a 2500k but good enough for most games, if you want upgrade one thing, make it your video card.
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February 7, 2012 3:39:36 AM

Hazbot said:
The i5 2500k is the optimal upgrade, but don't you think it's a little early to upgrade? The X4 965 is quite powerful, not quite so as a 2500k but good enough for most games, if you want upgrade one thing, make it your video card.

The OP already bought the i5 2500K, and if he/she is lucky (depending on where the OP bought it from), he/she can return.
But still, if I had an i5 2500K, I'd keep it ;) 
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February 7, 2012 6:32:43 AM

upgrade to an SSD for the most noticeable difference.
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February 24, 2012 2:34:40 PM

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February 24, 2012 2:55:23 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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