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Upgrading from 2500 to 2700K?

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December 9, 2012 1:05:21 AM

I plan to purchase either a GTX 670 or 680 and I am wondering if it would worth upgrading from my 2500(non-K) to a 2700K? I mostly just play games and sometimes render videos. I'm debating to see if it would be worth it or not, or if I should just get the GPU and keep my 2500.

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December 9, 2012 2:09:52 AM

Hmmm depends on how often you render videos?

If its often enough and you find rendering times long, then sure.

But if you don't use any program using CUDA, rather get an HD7970 GHz Edition, its cheaper and faster than an GTX680...
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December 9, 2012 1:10:35 PM

I thought about going the AMD route, but folding@home and partially PhysX are things that I would want to use. My main concern here is if I would notice any difference in rendering times and game speeds if I bought a 2700K.
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December 9, 2012 2:01:48 PM

No it is not worth upgrading just yet. In terms of gaming the performance increase would be minimal if any at all and besides you should wait for haswell since it's going to be a good lot faster than Ivybridge too so yeah no point in upgrading just yet.

As a side note I would like to say only upgrade if you think your current system is holding you back from doing a specific task.
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December 9, 2012 2:17:40 PM

The upgrade would be noticable.

Hyperthreading on the i7 is great when rendering videos! You won't spot much of a difference gaming, unless you do a Little overclock. So get a decent CPU cooler and I believe you'd get some great increase in FPS!

If you could get someone to buy the i5 from you at decent Price then go for it, else it's a very expensive upgrade compared to the performance you gain.
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December 9, 2012 3:45:32 PM

Okay thanks. Yeah, I plan to sell the I5 for 140-150 or something so I almost be able to afford the upgrade. I guess the ability to OC would help with rendering times as well. Also, not to go on a tangent here but, should I get a 7970 instead of a 680/670? If so, which one should I go for?
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December 9, 2012 4:02:45 PM

killamaker11 said:
Okay thanks. Yeah, I plan to sell the I5 for 140-150 or something so I almost be able to afford the upgrade. I guess the ability to OC would help with rendering times as well. Also, not to go on a tangent here but, should I get a 7970 instead of a 680/670? If so, which one should I go for?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one if you can afford it.
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December 9, 2012 4:28:37 PM

Same price as a GTX 680 and as far as I can see, no performance gain. But I may wrong, I just want to make sure I'm getting the best for my money. Though in some benchmarks I see that the 680 does better in Battlefield 3 and Skyrim.
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December 9, 2012 4:35:42 PM

killamaker11 said:
Same price as a GTX 680 and as far as I can see, no performance gain. But I may wrong, I just want to make sure I'm getting the best for my money. Though in some benchmarks I see that the 680 does better in Battlefield 3 and Skyrim.


Both are great deals, you'll get plenty of performance choosing either one. :) 
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December 9, 2012 4:47:52 PM

killamaker11 said:
Same price as a GTX 680 and as far as I can see, no performance gain. But I may wrong, I just want to make sure I'm getting the best for my money. Though in some benchmarks I see that the 680 does better in Battlefield 3 and Skyrim.


After AMDs latest drivers the HD7970 GHZ EDITION ONLY is ahead in performance... The normal HD7970 is equal to the GTX680...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

If you look at the tier on the last page the HD7970 GHZ Ed is one tier higher...
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December 9, 2012 4:53:23 PM

Ah okay. Might as well go AMD this time around, haven't had an AMD card since my 4350. So why not? Thanks for your help!
-Caleb.
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December 9, 2012 4:53:31 PM

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