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Upgrade from i7 2600 to i7 3770K worth it?

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November 1, 2012 1:46:10 PM

I’m hoping someone can help clarify some questions about a possible upgrade I’d like to make to my PC. This is my current computer:

Intel Core i7 2600 Sandybridge 3.4Ghz
Corsair H60 Hydro
ASRock Z68 Extreame3 Gen3
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4gb
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (running at 1333)
Corsair TX 750w Power Supply
Corsair M4 128gb SSD (OS, Guild Wars 2 and Planetside 2)
Segate Barracuda 2TB SATA 7200rpm 64mb cach 6gb/s (Steam games, recorded game videos)

I use this rig primarily for gaming but I also want to be able to record/edit, and possibly stream some of my games. The games I’m playing are Guild Wars 2 and Planetside 2, the latter is still in beta so I don’t expect stellar performance just yet. The problem with this rig is if I run at medium settings in GW2 during large world vs. world fights my FPS drops into the teens, while my friends claim to be running on Max settings for GW2 (and High settings for PS2) with no noticeable FPS drops on an i7 3770K paired with a GTX 670 card (claims ~30 FPS in big fights). And if I start recording it’s another 5 to 10 FPS loss using Fraps (Also open to suggestions for better recording options).

My solution:
Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5Ghz
ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (just to bring it to 16GB)

What I want to know is if this will provide a noticeable performance increase in these games like my friends are claiming, or if I’m just throwing money at a problem that can’t be fixed? I’ve seen lots of comparisons between various CPU’s but none seem to address the 2600 (non K) vs. 3770K. The only difference I see so far is the ram will be able to run at its native speed and the 3770K is slightly faster plus has overclocking potential.

If I do get the 3770K I plan on overclocking, which I’ve never done before. My question here is will the H60 Hydro with push/pull fan configuration on the radiator be enough to keep the CPU reasonably cool at 4.4 or 4.5Ghz and does an overclock like this really have a big impact on performance?

While I have been self-building computers for several years now, I still consider myself a novice. My previous attempt at getting better performance was upgrading from a 550ti card which only netted me prettier graphics at higher resolutions, but performance stayed relatively unchanged.

Thanks in advance.
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November 1, 2012 1:50:17 PM

Just saw it wasn't a k....
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November 1, 2012 2:12:21 PM

someone regrets not spending the extra 20 bucks and getting a 2600k
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November 1, 2012 4:12:16 PM

Only if you really, really want to overclock. Otherwise you are talking a 5-10% performance gain at best and usually less than that.



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November 1, 2012 4:27:23 PM

Indeed, if you really want to OC, get it but if not it isn't worth it.
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November 1, 2012 6:08:02 PM

Just turbo OC the 2600 by setting the multiplier to the max turbo (or maybe the max 4 core turbo not 100% sure) and under volt to your sanctification
the upgrade is not worth it
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November 1, 2012 6:25:54 PM

*satisfaction
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November 9, 2012 4:00:39 PM

Best answer selected by draknfire.
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November 9, 2012 4:02:29 PM

Thanks for the advice. I took it as several votes for “Just get something with a K at the end of it.” Got the i7 3770K, ASRock Z77 Extreme4, an additional 4gig of ram and saw an immediate improvement in Guild Wars 2 without any overclocking. The only thing I’ve done so far is set the ram to its native 1600.

Before with the i7 2600 I had to run the game with shaders and shadows on low, sampling on native (resolution is set to 1920 by 1080), everything else high. And even though Fraps would claim 24~ fps it had noticeable chop in large battles (dropped to 16~fps with Fraps recording).

With the 3770K I can set everything to max and rarely see it dip below 30fps even with Fraps recording. Over all very happy with its’ performance right out of the box.

Thanks again for the replies.
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