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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by mupto, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. mupto New Member

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    Hi Everyone.

    I have a couple questions about upgrading.

    Current system:

    E8400 Intel. Overclocked from 3ghz to 3.4ghz

    5770 Cucore 850/1250 - ( does NOT seem to overclock well)

    EP43-Ud3L Gigabyte Motherboard

    Western Digital - 1 Terabyte

    4 gigs of Kingston Ram 667

    600 watt Corsair gaming PSU
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    Would it be possible to just upgrade the motherboard/processor to lets say:

    Motherboard:
    ASUS P8P67 R3 S1155 INT P67 2XPCI-E 16X, 4XDDR3-1600MHZ 1600/1333 FSB SATA 6GB/S ATX

    Processor:

    INTEL QUAD CORE I5 2400 3.1GHZ 6MB
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    ...And use my current video card(5770), current harddrive and PSU.

    Would I see a significant gains in performance from upgrading the motherboard+processor, but keeping the 5770 and rest of hardware? Would I need to upgrade RAM as well? If so any suggestions?
    Im talking about significant performance gains in games like rift/dc online/etc.

    Im looking at ways to boost performance without having to put low quality renderer on or buying $800 in computer parts.

    Im wondering if my MB/CPU are being bottlenecked by the gpu and games.

    Or should I just go out and pick up a nvidia 460 and use it on my current setup?


    Thanks for reading.:rockout:
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    Significant gain in current games I doubt it.

    Significant gain in upcoming games, yes.

    Worth the trouble + money of upgrading just for games no.

    You will need new memory, i5 requires DDR3 whereas you've got DDR2 memory. If you want to keep your DDR2 and upgrade to a more modern quad core CPU look for a AMD setup.

    You could find a used Q9xxx series processor from Ebay used and sell your E8400 to recoup - but lets face it your rig is fine as it is.

    The 5770 video card can play games fine. Your bottleneck is the lack of quad core CPU (E8400).
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  3. brandonwh64

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    I personally would just find a Q6600 or such and run that quad until socket 2011 or the dozer comes out then upgrade. a I5 2400 wouldnt be the greatest and wouldnt OC for Crap
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    welcome to tpu.

    Guys are right. Its better drop a quad if you really need some improvement or holding up until AMD comes up with that bulldozer to see if its worthy alternative to the i5.
    I'm personally all Intel cause of how cool c2d was but I'd really like to see a decent movement from AMD so I can go their way cause those constant socket changes by Intel piss me off . You buy an i5 and you actually end up without any chances of upgrading to a newer CPU.

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