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Just another "Help me upgade" thread

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February 16, 2012 4:51:46 PM

I'm planning on upgrading my system but I don't know where does it really need an upgrade, I can play most recent gaming titles on mid-high settings with my current hardware.

So I particularly have 2 choices:
1. Upgrade the GPU
2. Upgrade MOBO, CPU and RAM

My current setup:

CPU: Intel C2Q Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
GPU: Gigabyte Nvidia GTX460 1GB
RAM: Gskill 4GB DDR2 800

I was planning on upgrading to a i5-2500 and 8GB of DDR3 ram (along with a suiting mobo too) but i don't know if this would actually boost my performance as much as just getting another GPU (say GTX 560 or 580).

My main goal is to be able to run TERA online on max settings at 1920*1080, I recently played the first beta and i noticed an overall good framerate, but it dropped in crowded areas. Unfortunately, game's closed for now so I cant run benchmark testings with it...

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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
February 16, 2012 5:38:08 PM

From what I have read, the TERA Online game is bottlenecked mostly by the graphics card when there are not many players around and by the processor really badly when there are a lot of players around.

If you did indeed beta the game and saw your FPS was low with lots of players and good enough with only a few players then I would just go for the 2500k and a regular gigabyte z68 motherboard and CT2KIT51264BA1339 RAM.

That being said, I don't know that you can keep all the settings maxxed all the time (especially not Anti-Aliasing) with just one upgrade or the other. You may have to upgrade both sides to have max settings all the time.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 16, 2012 6:11:27 PM

I agree with Raiddinn. Slowdowns only with lots of other characters / mobs around points to a weak CPU. Make sure you have a strong enough, quality PSU to support whatever upgrades you are contemplating.
February 16, 2012 6:50:33 PM

Yeah, thanks for pointing that out, I was thinking on going with a Corsair PSU from around 550-600w, any other manufacturer/advice on the PSU?
February 16, 2012 6:55:01 PM

Also, on the CPU, any noticeable difference between the i5 2500 and 2500k? I've read that overclocking on the 2500k is better (although i really don't plan on overclocking, at least for now) they have a ~30USD difference in Amazon, also, id have to pay taxes in my country if i ordered the 2500k version (since it is above 200 dollars...).

Any other noticeable difference between these two versions?
a c 78 B Homebuilt system
February 16, 2012 7:38:06 PM

If you aren't going to OC, then you can probably get by with a regular i5-2400.

A 2500 is slightly better than that if you aren't OCing.

The main pull of the 2500k is that you can OC it if you want to in the future, getting maybe an extra 50% out of it.
February 16, 2012 8:00:13 PM

Can the 2500k be overclocked to, say 4.0 GHz, on the stock fan?
a c 78 B Homebuilt system
February 16, 2012 9:43:14 PM

Possibly, depends on the airflow in the rest of the case.

The Hyper 212 isn't super expensive, though, in any case.

You could go with a lighter OC on the stock fan and start saving up the $30 or whatever it is now and get the Hyper 212 later.
February 16, 2012 10:15:44 PM

rawketto said:
Can the 2500k be overclocked to, say 4.0 GHz, on the stock fan?

Yeah! You can overclocked it up 5.3 GHZ depending on your aftermarket CPU cooler(air/liquid) Mine is i5 2500K overclocked at 4.7 GHZ 1.35 V Vcore using a CM hyper 212 plus CPU cooler.