Improvement to get from this upgrade

Hi everyone,


I am currently using:
Pentium 4 2.8 ghz (I know, its crap)
1 GB DDR2 800Mhz RAM
9600GT 512MB 256bit

My question is, how much of an improvement will get if I upgrade to this:
Core i5 2300 2.8Ghz
some z77 board
8GB or 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz or 1600Mhz RAM
GTX 560 1GB 256bit(yes its not the crippled 192bit version)

How much will this speed my games I get currently:
Skyrim 15-60 FPS on ultra except aa (60 in closed spaces :P)
ACR 1-45 FPS all high except aa
Minecraft 30FPS

Also the reason I took a Z77 board is because I will buy another CPU later(I did not chose IVY because of price issues).
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  1. Yeah thats a solid build. However, you might want to get something like an i3-2100 and spend the saved cash on a 560ti.
  2. are you near a micro center? if so get the i5 2500k and forget about ivy...
    you could even get a z68 gen3 board and save on the z77 and still run ivy if you want to with a bios update. that could open you up for a better cpu (2500k) or a better gpu 560ti 448 possibly
  3. Well he could run Lucid Virtu MVP with the z77 and see much better frame rates.

    @FlintIronStagg, your psu is a rocket turd 900w?
  4. yeah the rocket turd is made by nasa. they combined the power of rockets and turds to make a 3 way sli 80 plus silver psu.
  5. @ Max1s I heard that the core i3-2100 chokes at playing BF3 multiplayer on a 64 player server. This made me consider getting a cheaper GPU and a better CPU. I'm planning on doing SLI anyways. As for Lucid Virtu MVP, people on forums say that there is next to no FPS gain in using it. I was excited for this feature.
    @FlintIronStagg I am nowhere close to microcenter lol. I heard they have great deals on CPUs and Motherboards, right?
    As for the I5-2500k, it is out of my reach (Ugh, silly prices). I heard that this thing is dream to OC.
    Also can you suggest me a cheap Z77/Z68 board and a good PSU that could run 2 GTX 560s??
  6. Quote:
    :non:
    Virtu is a detriment and not a bonus in FPS..
    remember that.


    I know that, but to the user the effect is much better responsiveness, which feels like a better fps number. This is especially nice if he is going to try to run bf3 on a 560...
  7. Max1s said:
    I know that, but to the user the effect is much better responsiveness, which feels like a better fps number. This is especially nice if he is going to try to run bf3 on a 560...

    plan is to sli the 560s.... so.....
  8. Yeah MVP is not for me as I plan to SLI..
  9. themegadinesen said:
    Yeah MVP is not for me as I plan to SLI..


    Ok fine. I'm running a 25k and a 6950 on a z68 board and I wish I had it. Just saying...
    For your cpu, if you are only planning on gaming I would get the 25k right away, dosn't make sense to get a 2300 and then throw it away later...
  10. You got a point now. I was originally planning on getting an i3-21xx and then upgrade later.
    The thing about the 2500k is that its just going outside the range of my budget.
    Do you think its a good idea to buy a low-end Pentium processor and then upgrade later?
    If I buy the Pentium now, I can get a better GPU.
    Also I have an exam tomorrow so I'm off to study.
    I will be back like Wednesday. If not maybe Friday.
    Anyways thanks for your replies guys!!!
  11. FlintIronStagg said:
    yeah the rocket turd is made by nasa. they combined the power of rockets and turds to make a 3 way sli 80 plus silver psu.


    Dude that is funny! lol

    Hardware Heaven grave that Huntkey X7 great reviews though.
  12. themegadinesen said:
    You got a point now. I was originally planning on getting an i3-21xx and then upgrade later.
    The thing about the 2500k is that its just going outside the range of my budget.
    Do you think its a good idea to buy a low-end Pentium processor and then upgrade later?
    If I buy the Pentium now, I can get a better GPU.

    get a celeron. yes i said that.
    anything short of a quad core in multi player maps in BF3 is going to make you suffer with the performance. so why spend $60-$80 as opposed to $40 on a chip that will end up in your desk drawer once you upgrade. you might even be able to sell it faster for $25 than a pentium for $40-$50.

    now if you plan on actually doing anything cpu wise while you are waiting to upgrade: please completely ignore my eccentric suggestion. it really depends on how long before you have the budget to upgrade.
  13. I say wait a month, increase the budget, and pull the trigger on the board and psu I recommended and the 2500k. Do it right the first time
  14. FlintIronStagg said:
    ...Do it right the first time

    Now there's a B.A. right there...
  15. Quote:
    you need to stop talking so bad about OUR power supply... :p :lol:

    I dont talk bad, just lightheartedly, it is an excellent psu
  16. FlintIronStagg said:
    I dont talk bad, just lightheartedly, it is an excellent psu

    how can it be?
    its green for godsakes! everyone knows that a black PSU is better!
  17. Quote:
    fixed that for you... :p

    :pfff:

    see what happens when a thread gets closed, we have to take shenanigans everywhere.

    silly mods . . . :ange:
  18. If you are not OCing, get H61 board and you can afford i5.
  19. The thing is that I am buying the system this fall so I have sometime to get the money..
    Maybe I will go for the 2500k :/
    Also what the hell are you talking about? What's up with your PSU?
  20. Max1s said:
    Ok fine. I'm running a 25k and a 6950 on a z68 board and I wish I had it. Just saying...
    For your cpu, if you are only planning on gaming I would get the 25k right away, dosn't make sense to get a 2300 and then throw it away later...

    hey why you wish you have it?
    you have it .
    i ran mvp on an h61 board and it ran just fine!
    so it will run without a problem on your z68 mobo!
    hope this helps!
  21. No, I can only have it as a trail version. Its only licensed on the z77 boards.
  22. How come you get it only as trial???
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