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Would it be worth upgrading to a 2500K for gaming, encoding, CAD and photoshop?

Also, would it be worth upgrading to 8GB of RAM?
post #2 of 6
If you're going to be doing enconding, it'd be more of a beneficial upgrade to go with the 2600k instead since it has HyperThreading. You really wouldn't be gaining much of anything except a bump in clock speed, which you can overclock your 2300 to match the 2500k. Also, 8GB of RAM would definitely be worth it for doing everything you mentioned, even with your current CPU.
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Actually, I already know that my 2300 is more than enough for all the encoding that I do, I mean I get ~360FPS when encoding my DVD's to iPod format. It does so much faster than my previous x4 965 BE @ 4GHz. However, how will my 2300 hold up in Sketchup and Photoshop, when combined with 8GB DDR3/1600 and a 5850 @ 1080p?

EDIT: BTW, I still need to trade in my B2 mobo for the B3 revision. I will do so after I get back from summer...
Edited by stinky - 6/2/11 at 10:04am
post #4 of 6
Your 2300 w/ 8GB RAM and your 5850 will do Photoshop/Sketchup fine @ 1080p. As I stated above, I'd stick with your 2300 over the 2500k and just overclock it to 4GHz when you get your new B3 motherboard. Or if you really are itching for a performance increase, go with the 2600k. The extra threads + the 8GB of RAM will benefit you more than the clock speed increase going from 2300 to 2500k.
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Upgrading your i5-2300 to i5-2500k will benefit you in barely nothing, however upgrading to 8GB of RAM would be worth it for your needs. If i were you, i would start off by buying the RAM, and try to scrape abit more of money and go for the i7-2600k instead.

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