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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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  1. Use the i5, it will give better performance.
  2. Best answer
    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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ;)
  6. upgrade to an SSD for the most noticeable difference.
  7. Best answer selected by knight_40k.
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