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i really only need to be upgraded before Metro: Last Night comes out. I have time, I guess. smile.gif

coming in 2013
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coming in 2013

Source? It comes out in 2012 according to Steam and the trailer.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/43160/?snr=1_4_4__105_1
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You'll be fine. If you were at stock speed, it might be more of a concern, but clock for clock and core for core, CPUs have been going up less and less since about the Core 2. The Pentium 4 to the Core 2 was the last major jump in that department, and now it's more about more cores and performance per watt (and even iGPUs instead).

I went from a 4GHz Core 2 Duo Wolfdale to a 4GHz Core i5 Sandy Bridge, and the difference was there, but not quite night and day. It was fair, but... not night and day for the stuff I do now (though it'll be better suited to lasting longer with it's extra cores and the other advantages). Between your CPU and Ivy Bridge, you'd probably be looking at a bit smaller of a difference still. Unless you have a heavy bias for CPU heavy stuff or just want to upgrade to have one of the newer and faster things, you'll be okay to stick with what you have a bit longer, until at least Haswell (and longer is probably possible).
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We shall see. Steam still says 2012. In any case, I don't see many other upcoming games that would force me to rush to upgrade, though some of my current games are giving me trouble. Mainly due to vram limits.

Looking around, though. I notice that quad 480's don't even max the bandwith of PCIE 2.0. I think I'll be fine for a while. I just really want a graphics card upgrade before I upgrade my cpu, as it is doing fine. I might go with a waterblock and push it harder.

The question is, what do I do with my GE? smile.gif
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Sell it. I held on to my old video card as backup or PhysX for a while, but... I had no need (I don't think it's worthwhile enough for PhysX in my case, and I have an iGPU for backup if the need arises), and after I kept it around for a year doing nothing, helping nobody, I gave it away to someone on another site. It's being put to use now.
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sell your GE
unless you are a real sucker for physx, then keep it for that (not worth it if you ask me, all the additional power draw, heating up the case, all that for a bit of physx while you could have money in your pocket)
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At 1080p or higher, I would say PCI 3.0 is a must (future proof stand point) because you will not be able to take advantage of the extra bandwidth it offers in the future.
There is another option though, grab 2 580s and call it a day. 2 580s would be fine for 1080p at 120hz, however, if you want to go Kepler then Id suggest getting a new MB.

how is it a must since it doesnt give much at all with performance gain? also by the time it is worth while for him to upgrade his cpu pcie 3.0 will be just getting better imo considering not many ppl are using all of the bandwidth of pcie 2
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Yep the current cards are not even maximizing PCI-e 2.0 bandwidth. I have ran a couple of PCI-e 2.0 cards on my 5 year old Motherboard just fine which is only 1.0 spec. I had a 8800 GTS G92 on this board before I got my 570GTX which runs like a charm. You will get some perforamce loss but it's nothing to be concerned about.

In short, Kepler will run on older gen i7's just fine and they should run ok and also on a nicely tuned Phenom II just fine thumb.gif
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i think youll be fine i dont think kepler will max the bandwidth of pcie2.0 let alone 3.0 is there any card that max's 2.0 yet?, and an i7 is still a pretty strong cpu anyways espescially @ 4.0 thumb.gif oops you pretty much said that above guys ninja'd me while i was typing lol
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