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July 26, 2012 11:52:43 PM

Hello everyone! I'm having a problem deciding which to upgrade, cpu vs ssd? Tommorow i plan on going to the local tech store to upgrade my gaming desktop. Current specs are i5 2300 @ 2.8, gtx 580, 8gb ram, 650 watt psu, 1 tb hdd. I either want to upgrade the processor to the new ivy bridge i7 3770k or upgrade my hdd to ssd.. Which would be more beneficial for gaming?

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July 27, 2012 12:01:55 AM

Whats your budget?
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July 27, 2012 12:03:36 AM

i have $300 and cant go any higher till next week possibly. i7 3770k is $280 at the store.
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July 27, 2012 12:10:26 AM

The CPU upgrade will only provide a marginal improvement (if any) over your existing CPU when it comes to frame rates in gaming. With an adequate processor, frame rate is all about the graphic card... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o... The two processors are in the same tier.
But the SSD will make a nice improvement on everyday PC usage, including speed in opening Windows and Windows apps. It will make the biggest noticeable difference of the two upgrades. But, except for initial loading of a game, the SSD won't improve gameplay.
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July 27, 2012 12:14:03 AM

A faster CPU can help with games, but it depends on if the game is CPU dependent. For example, benchmarks have shown that a faster CPU can help frame rates in Skyrim, while Crysis 2 more or less does not care as long as the CPU does not bottleneck the graphics card.

I would prefer a CPU upgrade over a SSD upgrade any day of the the week. I don't really care if a SSD can make my computer boot up faster or if it shaves off 2 - 5 seconds loading a program compared to a 7200RPM hard drive.
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July 27, 2012 12:14:05 AM

If its for gaming go for the i7 3770k its a lot faster than the i5 2300
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July 27, 2012 12:25:11 AM

To be honest, I would just pick up a K version of an i5 and get a small SSD to compliment your rig. I just don't see the point in an i7 for gaming.

2500k/3570k will cost you roughly $200-$230. You can easily get a 64GB SSD for your OS (and a few games, of course) for $70-$90 these days.
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July 27, 2012 12:27:12 AM

Thanks for the responces guys. Im really leaning toward the 3770k. The sdd was more or less for arma 2 which would make a big improvement but i dont think its worth it for a single game. could care less about how fast my system boots/loading screens. More or less wanted to know if id see a difference shelling out the cash for the cpu.
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July 27, 2012 12:32:35 AM

@mocchan aww man now you really got me thinking. >< A 2500k and a ssd would be awesome. My alienware came with liquid cooling so what could i expect to safely overclock a 2500k to? If i got it to 3.7-4.0 then bought an ssd would that be the best bang for my buck
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July 27, 2012 12:34:41 AM

i would agree with mocchan go for a 3570k and grab a 80gig ssd, then your getting best of both worlds.
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July 27, 2012 12:36:01 AM

nospin44 said:
@mocchan aww man now you really got me thinking. >< A 2500k and a ssd would be awesome. My alienware came with liquid cooling so what could i expect to safely overclock a 2500k to? If i got it to 3.7-4.0 then bought an ssd would that be the best bang for my buck


Well I think you can push the i5 2500k to around 4.5Ghz ish with an H60 :)  So if your radiator dimensions are similar to that, I don't think you'd have a problem pushing that much as well.

And yes, personally I believe there's no point in an i7 for gaming considering most games don't utilise more than 4 threads, so I would much prefer spend that extra $100 on a small SSD.
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July 27, 2012 12:38:44 AM

nospin44 said:
@mocchan aww man now you really got me thinking. >< A 2500k and a ssd would be awesome. My alienware came with liquid cooling so what could i expect to safely overclock a 2500k to? If i got it to 3.7-4.0 then bought an ssd would that be the best bang for my buck

Because my SSD is only a 64GB, I changed it to a cache drive in RAID as per Intel's Rapid Storage Technology. Man, What a difference! The whole HDD feels like a SSD now.
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July 27, 2012 12:40:33 AM

clutchc said:
Because my SSD is only a 64GB, I changed it to a cache drive in RAID as per Intel's Rapid Storage Technology. Man, What a difference! The whole HDD feels like a SSD now.


Oh yes, that's always an option as well if OP has a capable motherboard :) 
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July 27, 2012 12:46:55 AM

mocchan said:
Oh yes, that's always an option as well if OP has a capable motherboard :) 

True. I should have stated that it requires a Z68 or 77 board.
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July 27, 2012 12:49:22 AM

So im thinking i5 3570k with a 60-90gb ssd. Does my p67 mobo support ivy bridge or am i better off with the 2500k?
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July 27, 2012 12:49:50 AM

nospin44 said:
So im thinking i5 3570k with a 60-90gb ssd. Does my p67 mobo support ivy bridge or am i better off with the 2500k?


As long as you update your BIOS, you should be able to use Ivy Bridge. What is the exact model? I know OEM boards can be a little tricky.
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July 27, 2012 12:53:42 AM

Not exactly sure >< cpuz says its an alienware 046MHW P67.
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July 27, 2012 12:56:21 AM

nospin44 said:
Not exactly sure >< cpuz says its an alienware 046MHW P67.


I can't really find any information on your motherboard regarding BIOS updates and Ivy Bridge compatibility. I think it might be best to get the 2500k just to be safe.
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July 27, 2012 12:57:23 AM

ok so ive decided ill go with either 2500k or 3570k. vertex 3 60gb ssd. also if i have enough ill trade in my 8 gb mix matched samsung 1333 ram for 8 gb vengeance corsair 1866. Cant wait to see the improvements. Thanks a ton for all the help man. Would have ended up shelling out for the 3770k if it wasnt for your help. I feel like this will be a much bigger gain than that.
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July 27, 2012 12:58:51 AM

Best answer selected by nospin44.
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July 27, 2012 1:00:27 AM

Dont mean to keep using up your time but what order should i install these upgrades? Im guessing ram then ssd then cpu?
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July 27, 2012 1:01:03 AM

nospin44 said:
Dont mean to keep using up your time but what order should i install these upgrades? Im guessing ram then ssd then cpu?


You're very welcome :)  and don't worry about time.

Actually as long as your system is turned off, the order doesn't matter. Also, make sure your RAM is 1.5v! And NOT 1.65v!
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July 27, 2012 1:05:49 AM

ok awesome. Take care, thanks a ton for the help
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