Advise on CPU purchase

Hi all,

I am after an upgrade to my CPU, when I first got my pc I was focused more on just power for playing games. A year later and I am now more into recording, rendering and live streaming pc games.

I am able to do all that just fine, but when live streaming at higher qualities - it really starts to show and can notice the sluggish feeling on more cpu intensive games.

Below is the spec of my computer hardware. The motherboard socket layer is LGA1155 (http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3912)

PSU:850W CORSAIR
GPU:1536MB MSI GTX580
Hard Drive:OCZ 120GB Vertex 3 2.5 SSD
CPU:Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3Ghz
Cooler:BeQuiet DarkRock
MoBo:GByte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
RAM:16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz
2x 24" 1920 x 1080 monitors 60hz

Price is not an issue.

Programs I use:

Fraps
Sony Vegas
Xsplit via TwitchTV

Thanks!
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  1. popatim said:


    That's for socket layer LGA 2011

    Or, is the current cpu I have the best for socket 1155?
  2. The i7-3770k will be the best cpu for that socket : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i7-3770K-3-50GHz-Technology/dp/B007X1JM30/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354237735&sr=8-1

    You'll have to update the bios of the motherboard(bios version F7).
  3. get an i7 3770K, and If price isn't an issue another GTX 580.
  4. djangoringo said:
    The i7-3770k will be the best cpu for that socket : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Generation-i7-3770K-3-50GHz-Technology/dp/B007X1JM30/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354237735&sr=8-1

    You'll have to update the bios of the motherboard(bios version F7).



    Cheers for the info,

    So i7-3770k is a big improvement for the options I want to do?
  5. netstormuk said:
    Cheers for the info,

    So i7-3770k is a big improvement for the options I want to do?


    It should be, after all the i7 has hyperthreading. 2 threads per core where as your 2500k has 1 thread per core.

    Edit: Read this for more info on hyperthreading and what it does
    http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/hyper-threading/hyper-threading-technology.html
  6. If your intent is to stream 1080 then yes I'm suggesting an entire platform change.
    The 6 core 3930k should be able to handle it while the 4 core i7's usually cannot unless the graphics are actually simpler (like minecraft).

    By all means research this yourself and if you find otherwise then I'd be happy as I have a few friends with i7-2600k's that can't.
  7. Don't replace your CPU man, the 2500K you own is gonna be fine for years, I say ditch your 580 & buy a 680, big difference for gaming
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