Originally Posted by identitycrisis
What you're saying would make sense in most cases, but getting his i5 2500k closer to 5ghz really going to make a difference in his games?
I know its pretty well proven that faster memory has minimal impact on gaming performance, and is it going to be worth it? the price of ram has gone up quite a bit. did you go from 8gb 1600mhz to 16gb of faster memory? that can be attributed to your performance increases as well.
Again, his CPU cooler would be dependent on him overclocking more, what is an extra 300 mhz going to gain him with his current system?
GPU, I gotta agree with, 2gb seems to be causing limitations in certain poorly coded games as mentioned above, but for the time being upgrading his current card or adding a 2nd would probably gain him the largest in game performance boost at this point in time, don't you think?
In games, not really for the most part it will increase average framerates slightly but you will see decent increases in minimum and maximum framerates. For straight gaming, overall, probably not much of a difference. But this is OCN, 4.5GHz is never enough
Well, depends on what you dub as "minimal." A OCN user did a test with faster memory compared to traditional 1600MHz memory and found it does increase framerates by a relative amount (5-10 frames). Which in certain scenarios can help. Also, it does decrease load times of just about all programs. So if you consider load times a pain, then of course that could assist in that process too. In my opinion price of ram has dropped considering you can get 2400MHz memory for the same price as 1600MHz. That's really nice compared to some time ago. I went from 8 gb of 1600 to 8 gb of 1866 to 16 gb of 2133, all Cas 9. The increased amount of memory will attribute to being able to multitask more efficiently, however the performance increases I noted are mostly attributed to the increased memory frequency.
Yes, his CPU cooler would be dependent on him overclocking more, but 300MHz more is relatively important or not important depending on who you are. If you want more, or maximum performance possibilities with what you are working with then I would assume 300MHz more would be important.
A second 670 will definitely be the best performance increase, and a used 670 can be had from $260-280. However, there will be a point in time when the power of SLI 670's wont be properly utilized because of VRAM limitations and I have a feeling it's coming sooner than later. Which is why I would go to a 780 before I tried to go SLI 670's. Although from a power perspective, SLI 670's will be faster. A 780 would prove to be a better upgrade path for the future.