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Hi I have around $800 on upgrades so is it worth buying a sandy bridge cpu? I see a lot of guys hitting 4.5Ghz+ on these and its tempting. I can expand the budget if needed but I'm willing to reuse my old parts. Also should I upgrade my graphics cards? I would prefer to stick with Intel/Nvidia since the depreciation rate is a bit slower.
post #2 of 36
just get a video card for the meantime
your rig is still respectable imo
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All you would have to replace is the CPU, motherboard, and memory which should come to a grand total of $500 or less.

Now, I don't know how my system compares to yours, but in comparison to what I had before, it is significantly faster. It feels like I upgraded to advanced alien technology or something!

My previous CPU, motherboard and memory was the E8400 @ 4.05GHz, the EP45-UD3P, and a 2 x 2GB 1200MHz kit of G.SKILL's "PI" series (5-5-5-15). At the time of my upgrade, I still had a GTX 470 and here's a summary of what I noticed: I think my E8400 was bottlenecking my 470 because my performance was noticeably better, and also because I got a major boost when I upgraded to the 580. So I think upgrading from that E8400 to the i5-2500K allowed me to see the 470's absolute fullest potential! I think I'm getting the fullest potential from my 580 too because DAMN it's fast.

Still: I don't know how much faster yours is in comparison to what I had before. I know it's faster than what I had, but I don't know how much faster.
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post #4 of 36
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just get a video card for the meantime
your rig is still respectable imo
What do you suggest?
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Originally Posted by Isildar View Post
What do you suggest?
If you just replace the two 460s right now, then I guess I would recommend a GTX 580 or 590.
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post #6 of 36
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
All you would have to replace is the CPU, motherboard, and memory which should come to a grand total of $500 or less.

Now, I don't know how my system compares to yours, but in comparison to what I had before, it is significantly faster. It feels like I upgraded to advanced alien technology or something!

My previous CPU, motherboard and memory was the E8400 @ 4.05GHz, the EP45-UD3P, and a 2 x 2GB 1200MHz kit of G.SKILL's "PI" series (5-5-5-15). At the time of my upgrade, I still had a GTX 470 and here's a summary of what I noticed: I think my E8400 was bottlenecking my 470 because my performance was noticeably better, and also because I got a major boost when I upgraded to the 580. So I think upgrading from that E8400 to the i5-2500K allowed me to see the 470's absolute fullest potential! I think I'm getting the fullest potential from my 580 too because DAMN it's fast.

Still: I don't know how much faster yours is in comparison to what I had before. I know it's faster than what I had, but I don't know how much faster.
So a 2500k ($200) kills a 930 ($300)?
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So a 2500k ($200) kills a 930 ($300)?
I didn't say that. I said it kills an E8400.

What was your previous system prior to getting the i7-930?
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post #8 of 36
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If you just replace the two 460s right now, then I guess I would recommend a GTX 580 or 590.
Would a gtx580/590 get bottlenecked by this system?
post #9 of 36
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Originally Posted by Isildar View Post
Would a gtx580/590 get bottlenecked by this system?
Not at all, fortunately. That's a very fast quad core you have.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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post #10 of 36
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
I didn't say that. I said it kills an E8400.

What was your previous system prior to getting the i7-930?
The first cpu I started with was an AMD Athlon64 x2 4200+ with a 9800GT and that was back around 2007
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