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Hi Everyone,

So my current system is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 @ 3.0GHz (I have not had much luck overclocking)
Motherboard: ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48
Video Card: EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 PC2 8500
HD: 2X WD VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM in RAID0

Basically I was wondering if an upgrade from the above computer to the following will be worth the money (FYI I mostly just play video games with occasional video editing):

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (easily overclockable 4GHz+)
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67
Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
SSD: 2X Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III RAID0

Now I realize this is an improvement just because it is newer hardware, but I am just trying to figure out whether or not the computer I have is sufficient enough, if I should splurge on the upgrade now, or maybe even wait for next gen cpu and gpu. I guess the real question would I notice the difference and would that difference be worth the $$$$. SSD would obviously boot faster and load quite a bit faster but otherwise would I see a noticeable difference in more demanding games ie Crysis, Metro 2033, BF3 (looking to the future).

Sorry that was long. Please let me know what you think.
post #2 of 10
nah you dont need to upgrade for another year at least
    
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Perhaps. 775 is a good socket to upgrade from, but at this point I'd wait to see what BD may offer. They may have some killer price/performance stuff.
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i would say yes an upgrade would be good as you can still sell your current gear for a decent price
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Originally Posted by jscott1797 View Post
Hi Everyone,

So my current system is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 @ 3.0GHz (I have not had much luck overclocking)
Motherboard: ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48
Video Card: EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 PC2 8500
HD: 2X WD VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM in RAID0

Basically I was wondering if an upgrade from the above computer to the following will be worth the money (FYI I mostly just play video games with occasional video editing):

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (easily overclockable 4GHz+)
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67
Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
SSD: 2X Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III RAID0

Now I realize this is an improvement just because it is newer hardware, but I am just trying to figure out whether or not the computer I have is sufficient enough, if I should splurge on the upgrade now, or maybe even wait for next gen cpu and gpu. I guess the real question would I notice the difference and would that difference be worth the $$$$. SSD would obviously boot faster and load quite a bit faster but otherwise would I see a noticeable difference in more demanding games ie Crysis, Metro 2033, BF3 (looking to the future).

Sorry that was long. Please let me know what you think.
Don't upgrade,
just do sli hack on that mobo & add another gtx470 or if you don't want to do sli hack then simply get a hd6990/2x hd6970/2x hd6950.
HOPE YOU LIKE MY SUGGESTION.
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post #6 of 10
You don't need to upgrade to be honest. Your CPU is still very good and with a bit of help I'm sure you can get it overclocked more

Everything else is still more than enough for pretty much any games out now.

My rig is not as good and I don't have any issues gaming!

I would maybe start putting money aside for next year possibly - Sandy Bridge will be more established and Bulldozer might offer some interesting choices.

Bottom Line: Get that CPU overclocked (it CAN do much more, honestly) and you'll be laughing
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post #7 of 10
You won't notice a difference honestly. The 580 is a beast but it's only going to perform about 10% better than your 470.

Remember, you should only upgrade when your system can no longer handle what you throw at it. If you want to double or triple your FPS or max out games at >1920x1080, then by all means. But most games right now can easily be maxed out on 2 year technology.

If you're looking to get the most value for your system though, i'd say hold on to your CPU and mobo, because 775 parts will always have a niche demand market (for some reason, intel has a lot of fanboys who are willing to pay top dollar for old tech), but sell your gfx card and upgrade that. The value of your card will probably plummet in the coming year once the Radeon 7xxx series comes out.
post #8 of 10
Asked that same question myself a week ago. I can get my Q6600 to 3.6Ghz with my board and revision. I don't think the diff worth the price. I will SLI hack my motherboard and put another GTX 460 so ill be ready to wait untill new gen cpu from itnel and new gen GPU from nvidia to come out.


775 is a rgeat socket. It's still in the game after years and years of good work. I don't remember when it was born because i discovered gaming after 775 came out lol... Keep that machine. get another 470 if needed and wait a bit
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post #9 of 10
There is no mega need to upgrade. I went from almost exactly the same system as you have to my current system which is light years ahead of the old one, but i was forced to upgrade because my old DD2 shat it self.

I could have, in all honesty, sat on my old rig - Q9450/Rampage X48/4GB DDR2/GTX 295 for at least another 6 months to a year!

Needless to say i'm happy with my upgrade, but if you're in doubt i'd just wait.
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Originally Posted by tedman View Post
You don't need to upgrade to be honest. Your CPU is still very good and with a bit of help I'm sure you can get it overclocked more

Everything else is still more than enough for pretty much any games out now.

My rig is not as good and I don't have any issues gaming!

I would maybe start putting money aside for next year possibly - Sandy Bridge will be more established and Bulldozer might offer some interesting choices.

Bottom Line: Get that CPU overclocked (it CAN do much more, honestly) and you'll be laughing
Figured out the overclocking with my CPU finally. I got it running stable @ 3.83GHz without modifying any voltages. Now to figure out how to do this magical SLI hack. Thanks again for all your input guys.
Edited by jscott1797 - 5/30/11 at 9:38am
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