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Advise on CPU purchase

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November 29, 2012 9:01:47 PM

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 (

Hard Drive:o CZ 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:

Sony Vegas
Xsplit via TwitchTV


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November 29, 2012 11:26:49 PM

get an i7 3770K, and If price isn't an issue another GTX 580.
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December 3, 2012 6:27:07 PM

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
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December 4, 2012 12:04:02 AM

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.
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December 4, 2012 12:16:07 AM

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