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Hey there Overclock.net. Just want to start off by saying that this forum has guided me in a satisfying direction over the last few years with my building endeavors. Although I've mostly been a lurker over the years, I thank you for all the help you have given me.

And now to my predicament...

I have been feeling the upgrade itch as of late-especially with Battlefield 3 on the way- and am wondering what the most efficient way to spend my upgrade funds would be.

My 2 Year Old System:

i7 920 @ 3.66ghz
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OCZ Gold DDR3 1600 ram x 6g
GTX 275 OC
Corsair 750w PSU
1x 1tb HD
HAF 922

Would a brand new build based around the 2500k be worth my while or simply an overhaul (and maybe more overclock!) of my current system be the best way to go. Im debating with myself whether I simply need a new GPU and maybe a few new toys, or if a brand new build will ease my upgrade-itus. What do you guys think?
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Really not worth an upgrade, that would be more of a sidegrade unless you fold at all.

The thing I would upgrade would be GPU, possibly case, and get a better CPU cooler.

A new GPU and SSD would see you the most visual upgrade.
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New video card and slap an SSD in there! The SSD will feel like night and day and I mean that.

fr0st, you ninja'd me
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It's wouldn't be a sidegrade to go to a Core i5 2500K from where you are, but at the same time, it's not worth the cost to upgrade to it from where you're at.

GPU and/or HDD are the most likely places for easy improvement without an overhaul.
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Originally Posted by fr0st. View Post
Really not worth an upgrade, that would be more of a sidegrade unless you fold at all.

The thing I would upgrade would be GPU, possibly case, and get a better CPU cooler.

A new GPU and SSD would see you the most visual upgrade.
Exactly the upgrades I had in mind. I really need to do some research on SSDs
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only upgrade you require if you game is say a gtx 570 the rest of your rig is solid.
changing it all for sandy bridge will cost a lot for only a small performance increase
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Originally Posted by Princess Garnet View Post
It's wouldn't be a sidegrade to go to a Core i5 2500K from where you are, but at the same time, it's not worth the cost to upgrade to it from where you're at.

GPU and/or HDD are the most likely places for easy improvement without an overhaul.
This is the most sensible post I've seen on OCN for a week.

The i5 2500k is "better", but not worth the money over your current rig, OP. You won't notice anything worth while performance wise. You'd be better off waiting another year.
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post #8 of 15
Get a 6970 or something. I'd personally go for dual 6970s if I was you.
    
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http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...5_2500K/6.html

http://techgage.com/print/intels_san...2600k_reviewed

Not an upgrade, definitely a downgrade, the 2500K is slower than I7 920 in most applications including gaming. If you want an upgrade you should consider 2600K but first you need a better GPU.
Edited by Wulfgar - 6/10/11 at 9:27am
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Originally Posted by Wulfgar View Post
http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...5_2500K/6.html

http://techgage.com/print/intels_san...2600k_reviewed

Not an upgrade, definitely a downgrade, the 2500K is slower than I7 920 in most applications including gaming. If you want an upgrade you should consider 2600K but first you need a better GPU.
HAHAHA! You are very wrong. I just went from a 920@4GHz to a 2500k, and I've seen nothing but increases in FPS in games. In multithreaded apps the 920 is better, but that's do to HT. Please don't give out false info to people.
    
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