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Any point in upgrading from Q9450->i5 2500K (opinions)

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Hi everybody,
I've been thinking of "upgrading" my PC a bit and thought of getting one of those i5 2500K processors.

I'm not going to lie to myself or to anybody else - I don't do 3D modelling or video editing for a living, so the better numbers in encoding and rendering don't mean much to me.
I'd upgrade for better gaming performance and overall computer speed, but I've also been thinking that next year my current computer components would lose their value.


I've be looking at:
GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 or GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3
i5 2500K
CORSAIR DDR3-1600 2*4G CL9

The upgrade would cost me about 200€ after selling my current components.
The question is - can you call it an upgrade and is it worth the money?

Thanks
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post #2 of 23
It is worth it.
LGA 775 is dead and burried, selling it while it still worth a few bucks is a good idea.
i5's are the beast
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well i went from a phenom II x4 940 to an i5 2500k, i haven't finished my build yet, but looking at the benchmarks, there are a lot of noticeable improvements. IIRC the 940 is about on the same level as the q9450 (maybe the 9450 is a little bit faster but nothing tremendous) so you should notice a nice speed up. if you want my opinion, buy an SSD hard drive right now and then wait until both SB-E and ivy-bridge come out to make your decision.

the reason i'm recommending an SSD is right now, it's the most noticeable improvement you could make to your PC.
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SB-E and IB seem to be pretty high end, I don't think I would be willing to shell out more cash for a processor than the i5 2500K costs.
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I think you will see quite the increase in performance my friend. It's worth selling your c2q for the 2500k. Srsparky went from a q9550 to a 2600k and I do believe he is very happy.
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Wait for IB, it is only a few months away!
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Can someone explain me why you want to upgrade faster because otherwise your components lose their value?
If you would wait a year you could probably buy a 3500k for the same price of a 2500k now. So that way you lose the value of your current hardware but you gain better hardware later.
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For what it's worth, if I had a Core 2 Quad Q9x50 at ~3.6GHz or higher, I would probably be waiting for Haswell.

That being said, those CPUs have some value (well, the Core 2 Quad Q9550 and Core 2 Quad Q9650 do, I think the Core 2 Quad Q9450 is less pronounced due it's lower multiplier), so you do have reason to jump now. That being said, you'd get larger gains for similar money over time, so the lessening value isn't a deal breaker if you don't ditch it now.

Choice, choices (I guess I'm not helping). If the $200 is worth the gains you see, then go for it.
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Originally Posted by Sisaroth;15356153 
Can someone explain me why you want to upgrade faster because otherwise your components lose their value?
If you would wait a year you could probably buy a 3500k for the same price of a 2500k now. So that way you lose the value of your current hardware but you gain better hardware later.
This too. A lot of people don't think about this one.

Basically, it comes down to how big you want your jumps for the money, which is why I concluded my last message as I did.
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Originally Posted by Sisaroth;15356153 
Can someone explain me why you want to upgrade faster because otherwise your components lose their value?
If you would wait a year you could probably buy a 3500k for the same price of a 2500k now. So that way you lose the value of your current hardware but you gain better hardware later.

I went from 4870x2->5770CF->6950 without putting a dime into the upgrades after purchasing the 4870x2.

Would I see about 10-15% increase in gaming performance with the upgrade?
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