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Should I upgrade my CPU + motherboard for gaming?

tbh, i really don't wanna use money but how much of an fps gain would i be seeing from going from a stock i3 540 to a stock i7 2500k.

as of right now i don't even have a video card on my rig but i am leaning towards a msi 560 ti tf2.

btw i play at 1680-1050 res.

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post #2 of 17
Getting a video card will net you the greatest gains from gaming - a GTX560 Ti sounds good.

I'd also overclock your CPU; under the CM 212+ (a reasonably good heatsink), you ought to be able to achieve 3.8 to 4.0GHz. I'm not too familiar with the Biostar TH55 but I'd imagine it can overclock a dual core just fine (i.e. the power phases can handle it).
    
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post #3 of 17
It wouldn't make sense to upgrade the cpu before purchasing a gpu.
post #4 of 17
if youre going to upgrade to a 2500K you wil have to fork over the cash for the CPU AND motherboard, so its best to just get a video card now. you will do fine with the i3 if you oc it to 4.0GHz.
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post #5 of 17
Actually, the i5 2500k has is an awesome bang for the buck cpu, and it is future proof.
getting it would be a good starting point to upgrade your computer.
BUT, you would also need a new Mobo, Consider that.
    
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post #6 of 17
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i definitely will be getting a 560ti

i want to know how much of a gain i would get from going to a i3 540 to a i7 2500k with said 560ti

and yes i understand that i would need a new motherboard. >.<

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post #7 of 17
not much, put your money into a GPU.

What's your budget? and I'll tell you what to upgrade to.

For around $168 you can get this AMD 6870 and you'll max out pretty much anything at that resolution.

Best bang for your buck

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...418R-_-Product
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post #8 of 17
depends on the game but if it is only optimised for dual cores then expect somewhere of a 20% increase in performance over the i3 clock for clock.
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post #9 of 17
You aren't going to bottleneck a 4.0ghz i3 with only a 560ti. Spend all the money on a good video card. 570 or bust.
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post #10 of 17
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i missed the 570 for $250 on amazon last time so i feel pretty sour about the 570...

waiting for another open boxed timing from newegg to snag a 560ti for $200.

btw to the ati person above, i don't do ati anymore. had way too many bad experiences with them.
    
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