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Planning on upgrading, worth it? 2500k to 3930k or Ivy Bridge

post #1 of 17
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So the title says it all, would it be a worthwhile upgrade to get a 3930k or an Ivy Bridge? Even though this my rig will always be used mainly just for gaming, I am also starting to like just plain overclocking as well and probably going to try folding (unlikely) or benching (highly unlikely). Or would it just be better for me to get an upgrade on my gpu or sli my current gpu? I have an upgrade bug now, and just keep thinking bigger better or more.
And as of right now i'm thinking that my processor isn't that good and will most likely be outdated in the next couple of months or so.. idk.
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post #2 of 17
If I were in your shoes I would SLI at this point if gaming is what you do. I don't think you will see as much of a performance increase with a new processor as you would another GPU. The 2500k is a Q1 2011 CPU and will be adequate easily until the next gen chips release.
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post #3 of 17
your processor isn't good? wow. if anything isn't good it's your single 560ti 1gb card. get your head on straight.
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post #4 of 17
your 2500k is stable at 5.1ghz and you think you need to upgrade for games? stick with what you have.
post #5 of 17
I wouldn't bother. At the rate PC gaming is going with these trash consoles holding back advances in games, your new CPU wouldn't do a thing. The 2500k is overkill for EVERY game out right now, and LOL, at 5.1GHz even worse. If anything you should get a second 560Ti, but not yet. I'd just wait and get one when it is cheaper or when you come across one used for a good price.
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post #6 of 17
Stick with your CPU and SLI if needed. You really won't benefit going from your platform to X79 for purely gaming.
 
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post #7 of 17
SLI another 560 Ti, or sell your current one and get some GTX580's to SLI. You seem to have a decent bit of money, so if you've got enough money; I'd do the latter option wink.gif
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post #8 of 17
A 2500k is still the sweet spot for gaming. If your main-board supports ivy I would wait it looks to be a good upgrade. You can go 3930 but in most games you will not get any performance bump over a 2500k and you will have a higher electric bill. Get a second GPU or ssd.
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post #9 of 17
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Thanks all for the valuable inputs!
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post #10 of 17
*Looks at his 5000x2*


For gaming any quad core CPU clocked to at least to 3.2GHz is more than enough for games. You need more GPUs for more FPS bro.
    
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