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November 13, 2012 12:45:20 AM

Hey guys, whats going to be the best to upgrade now and wait on the other?

i have a core I3-3120 cpu
and i have a gtx 465

which one will i see more of an improvement in

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November 13, 2012 1:02:12 AM

Upgrade the core I3-3120 first then the GTX465.
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November 13, 2012 1:04:07 AM

will this help more in games? can i use my h66 board or will i need a new board?
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November 13, 2012 1:15:00 AM

You should have stated that in your first post, now we need to know what make and model of motherboard along with BIOS version! I myself would upgrade from a socket 775 to a socket 1155 motherboard.
My mistake I thought it was a E3120!!!
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November 13, 2012 1:27:27 AM

What exactly is your budget?

The i3-3120 is still a good CPU for up to mid-range cards. I doubt there will be any bottleneck from it.
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November 13, 2012 1:36:07 AM

i actually was going to spend 900 on a whole new system with a core i5 3570k (or whatever) and gtx 670, when i realized that i still have a pretty decent system bought less then a year ago.

the motherboard is a 1155 socket. just no the unlock able one
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November 13, 2012 1:48:58 AM

I would just get a 7870 and call it a day. The i3-3120 would still be powerful enough to handle up to that range.

I could probably help you build a decent new system for $900 though, but you'll probably be better off saving it and make the budget bigger for when Haswell arrives.
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November 13, 2012 2:10:41 AM

that was my concern was that spending 900 and then haswell coming out a couple months later! haha, AMD is out for graphics card, i need to dual boot mac so gtx only :/ 
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November 13, 2012 2:18:21 AM

I'm not sure I understand the connection. :lol: 
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November 13, 2012 2:37:46 AM

what connection? the AMD cards are not natively supported in the OSX environment. I need my machine to be able to boot hackintosh so i can compile code and not use up my laptop!
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November 13, 2012 3:38:32 AM

bones, i should clarify the 7xxx series is not supported
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November 13, 2012 3:43:48 AM

Waiting for haswell isn't worth IMO. With piledriver's lacklustre performance and Steamroller set for release only in 2014 , I think Intel will charge too high for their new CPUs.
So you may change your CPU to i5 3550/3570 and get a new 7950. Alternately you may get one 7870/660ti and save money for upgrade later.
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November 13, 2012 4:28:19 AM

gaming machine...?

upgrade your vga first
then your processor...

i3 series is a good processor and won't affect too much for fps gain..

upgrading your processor to the fastest one will not rocketing your fps..
upgrading your gpu to the fastest one will blow your eyes..:D 
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November 13, 2012 5:04:14 AM

to reiterate, im not looking to go AMD for either the CPU or GPU.

my main concern is if i keep the i3-3120, is that i would bottle neck the gtx670.

the 192 bit bus and asymetrical memory on the 660ti is a big turn of for me.

the gtx 670 looks like the way to go if my cpu wont bottleneck, however i did notice a HUGE performance increase going from my E series pentium/core 2 processor.

with the i3 cpu will i see a huge gain going from the gtx 465 to the gtx 670? better so then going to the core i5?

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November 13, 2012 5:36:38 AM

Yes, I don't suggest both the 660 Ti and 680 since the former has a crippling bus rate and the latter is overpriced with only a 5% performance increase from the 670.

Though I find the 670 too high-end for the i3, so I'm not sure if the i3 is capable of such a card without bottlenecking.
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November 13, 2012 6:50:18 AM

upgrading e2xx pentium processor to ivybridge is a very huge leap, since it was lowest version of core duo, and upgrading to latest intel version with very different architecture..

That's why you feel a huge performance difference between them..

Upgrading from i3 to i5 (or even i7) will not raise your fps too much, since it is same architecture, say around 3-10 fps..

But upgrading to your grahics card from gtx465 to 670..well,
let's analyze this part..

gtx 465 is even with 650Ti..

and if you compare 650Ti and gtx670..

670 is offer more than twice performance than 650Ti...no matter what your processor that you use...
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November 14, 2012 3:04:46 AM

excella1221 said:
Yes, I don't suggest both the 660 Ti and 680 since the former has a crippling bus rate and the latter is overpriced with only a 5% performance increase from the 670.

Though I find the 670 too high-end for the i3, so I'm not sure if the i3 is capable of such a card without bottlenecking.



how would i be able to tell if its bottlenecking the card? if the performence is going to be that much better a slight bottleneck might not be a big deal?
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November 14, 2012 3:18:15 AM

When frame rate starts slowing down and dropping.
Also when CPU usage is at 100% at the same time.
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November 14, 2012 3:24:14 AM

ugh wish there was a way to test this, anyone know of some bench marks on a similar setup.

i mean if i get 90% of the performence of the card wouldnt that still be a huge step up from the gtx 465?
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November 14, 2012 3:28:17 AM

Yeah but you would be slowly killing the CPU.
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November 14, 2012 3:36:02 AM

slowly killing the cpu? are you talking about maxing out the capacity increasing the thermal load ?

honestly if the temperatures are under control theres no more damage being done then during normal operation
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November 14, 2012 4:28:15 AM


electricity will kill all of electronics, slowly.. :sarcastic: 

for the processor case, if you can maintain temperature and stable power supply..that's means almost ten years.. :ange: 

if you want it life forever, then put it in the vacuum box and forget it.. :D 
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November 14, 2012 4:50:55 AM

your gtx 465 is still kick ass why change it ? i3 is pretty damn good too.. what res you play at ?
those specs seem to be enough for 1080p
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November 15, 2012 3:23:27 AM

mohit9206 said:
your gtx 465 is still kick ass why change it ? i3 is pretty damn good too.. what res you play at ?
those specs seem to be enough for 1080p



i agree, i have not had a problem, im playing at 1080 but i cant have ALL the eye candy on just 90% of it lol.

maybe i wont upgrade either and just get an SSD and wait it out another year. I really wanted directX11 support but 400+ dollars for it seems silly as i dont game as much as i used to
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