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Hey guys, I currently have the core two quad q9650 at the stock 3.0ghz however I'm considering an upgrade to the i5 2500k, firstly would I get a noticeable difference?, I've checked the anandtech benches and it seems like i would, however it'd be nice get real qualitative information before plunging into juicy sandy bridge goodness, however should I even choose to upgrade at all? I do a lot of multitasking photoshop, dream weaver, 2 or so browsers with 20 or so tabs which take more ram than CPU though? the usual msn etc. At one time, I do encode video from time to time but not frequently and I do very little gaming
, at the moment I can run just fine any game I've played, new portal, cod series, bulletstorm, crysis 1 and 2 etc..

The reason I ask all this is that it seems apparent the 2500k is a well respected 'gaming' CPU, and seeing as I do little to none of that, it seemed an obvious move to make.

I've considered the i7's etc for the HT but at the moment, one my budget is by choice around £400 ~ $600? and two my current CPU is not completely unbareable so it seems a little extreme to jump straight to i7??

Thanks for any help you can offer me, please forgive me if it seems like this post has been vomited onto the forum as it's late and fumbling around an iPad keyboard.

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You should be considering a new video card for better gaming.

Yes it is better than what you have,but you need a powerful card,or two,too see the difference.
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i5-2500k is the best all around bang for the buck cpu that you can get, gaming or not. it is a very good upgrade for anyone who is watching their expenses closely. i am sure you will not regret the 2500k and if for some reason you find it lacking, then you can still jump to 2600k. i doubt it though.
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You should be considering a new video card for better gaming.

Yes it is better than what you have,but you need a powerful card,or two,too see the difference.
Ok. But as I said I do little to no gaming as it is and I don't see how the games when I play them could be any better? They ran fine, I'm hoping the 2500k will give me more of a multitasking boost than anything else, and anyway right now it would never fit my budget regardless! Haha
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from my experience 2500k is the best. I went from x6 to this and noticed a dif so you should definitely notice a jump in performance. However, I would first consider upgrading the video card as that would be the biggest difference as far as gaming increase.


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Ok. But as I said I do little to no gaming as it is and I don't see how the games when I play them could be any better? They ran fine, I'm hoping the 2500k will give me more of a multitasking boost than anything else so no graphics updated for now would fit my budget regardless! Haha



EDIT: Oops ninja'd. well then sandy bridge is where its at for you.
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i5-2500k is the best all around bang for the buck cpu that you can get, gaming or not. it is a very good upgrade for anyone who is watching their expenses closely. i am sure you will not regret the 2500k and if for some reason you find it lacking, then you can still jump to 2600k. i doubt it though.
Oh good good! Thanks

So it's defiantly worth the 400 pound jump to a new mobo, ram etc.. In order to support the i5?
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Hey guys, I currently have the c2q in my sig 6950 at the stock 3.0ghz however I'm considering an upgrade to the i5 2500k, firstly would I get a noticeable difference?
Absolutely! You might feel like you upgraded to advanced alien technology. At least, that's how I like to describe it!


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I've checked the anandtech benches and it seems like i would, however it'd be nice get real qualitative information before plunging into juicy sandy bridge goodness, however should I even choose to upgrade at all? I do a lot of multitasking photoshop, dream weaver, 2 or so browsers with 20 or so tabs which take more ram than CPU though? the usual msn etc. At one time, I do encode video from time to time but not frequently and I do very little gaming
, at the moment I can run just fine any game I've played, new portal, cod series, bulletstorm, crysis 1 and 2 etc..

The reason I ask all this is that it seems apparent the 2500k is a well respected 'gaming' CPU, and seeing as I do little to none of that, it seemed an obvious move to make.

I've considered the i7's etc for the HT but at the moment, one my budget is by choice around £400 ~ $600? and two my current CPU is not completely unbareable so it seems a little extreme to jump straight to i7??

Thanks for any help you can offer me, please forgive me if it seems like this post has been vomited onto the forum as it's late and fumbling around an iPad keyboard.

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My Sandy Bridge upgrade cost me $571.29, and all I purchased was the CPU, mobo, memory, the cooler, two 120mm fans, and thermal paste. If I hadn't purchased those fans and the paste, then I could have spent about $35 less. If I had gone with the P8P67 Pro instead of the EVO (everyone recommended the Pro), then I could have spent even less money (another $20 less or so I think).

So my upgrade really could have cost me about $515. Although, my memory was $84.99 shipped and I probably would have been just fine with a $40 or $50 kit. So that's another $30-$40 less I could have spent which means my upgrade could have cost me $475 to $485!

My previous CPU was the E8400 @ 4.05GHz, my mobo was the EP45-UD3P, and my memory was a 2 x 2GB 1200MHz CL5 kit of G.SKILL's "Pi" series. Right before making the decision to upgrade to Sandy Bridge, I was asking OCN if it was worth upgrading to the Q9550 or Q9650, and basically everyone said it would feel like a side-grade to me and it would be a massive waste of money.

They were right. Like I said before, my system really does feel like I'm using some kind of advanced alien technology in comparison to that E8400. It's insane, and I love it!

I don't game very much either, but I still feel it was worth every penny.

So now I suppose you might be wondering why I have the GTX 580. Well, my answer is actually pretty simple: I previously has the GTX 470, I judged its performance after upgrading to Sandy Bridge, but I still wanted better performance from Crysis 1 and 2 (I became greedy for more performance). I still don't play my games more than once or twice a week, but still: when I do, I want great performance with all the eye candy maxed out.
Edited by TwoCables - 8/2/11 at 5:47pm
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Absolutely! You might feel like you upgraded to advanced alien technology. At least, that's how I like to describe it!
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If you wanna see just how amazing it is check out this^ guys thread. Munaim has a great thread on that thing.
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A Q9650 is still more than fine for any game out there. You need a better video card right now, not CPU.
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