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Upgrade from an I3-2130

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August 17, 2012 5:52:24 PM

would there be a big difference if I was to upgrade from an i3-2130 to an i5-2500k or i7-2600k?

If so, by how much?

also running a 6950 radeon card.

this would be for gaming mainly.

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a c 109 à CPUs
August 17, 2012 6:05:13 PM

You will see a little bit of improvement if you are playing heavy CPU-bound games such as Dirt3 or BF3 Multiplayer going from an i3-->i5. You will see little to no improvement in games going from an i5-->i7 for gaming :) 
a c 103 à CPUs
August 17, 2012 6:08:24 PM

BF3 on large multiplayer maps would benefit alot from the i5 other than that unless you are playing at a very low resolution there is little benefit except maybe a few CPU intensive games (none I know about).
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a b à CPUs
August 17, 2012 6:32:25 PM

Depends on the game. Your cpu is definitely not holding back your graphics card, so in most games you wouldn't see any improvement except in MMO's.
a b à CPUs
August 17, 2012 6:57:29 PM

depends on the game but improvement will range from 0-5% generally with some games getting a bit more than that such as blizzard games.
a c 478 à CPUs
August 17, 2012 11:08:57 PM

You see some improvement, but not much unless there is a specific game you want to play that can take advantage of 4 cores.

At this point in time I would say to save up for a quad core Haswell that's coming out next year and motherboard for it. How much will a Haswell cost? Unknown, maybe around $240 - $250 for the unlocked quad core version.