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Core i3 530 to i5 750 or 2500k?

post #1 of 11
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I'm looking for opinions as to which path I should take upgrading from a 530. Primary use is gaming. I can find used 750's ranging from ~120-150 (with one option of trading my 530 + 50, don't expect this option to last long though). Or should I just take the leap to the 2500k? I know it'll give me a decent jump in fps, but it'll be quite a bit more expensive since i'll have to get a new mobo and ram as well, jacking the cost up to at least ~350-400.

Will the jump to the 750 give me noticeable gains in gaming compared to my 530? Currently clocked at 4.1 with my 530, with asus p7h55 mobo. I fear my mobo will limit my 750 overclock to around 4 ghz or alittle less.

Or should I just upgrade my GPU? Currently rocking a 560ti. Decisions, decisions...

Any and all opinions are welcome, thanks OCN! biggrin.gif
post #2 of 11
If your upgrading no point going from a 530 to a 750. I'd just go the full way and save money, go with the 2500K.
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well it all depends if you have the funds to get the i5 2500k + new 1155 mobo. iam pretty sure you can find a used bundle online somewhere for a good deal, i've heard there is new set of CPUs to come at really good prices with high performance comparing to the 2500k, its really up to "yes, i do have the funds and idc if i spend that much atm i really feel like upgrading" or not.

if getting funds for the 2500k is kinda hard, i'd say try find a good deal on a i5 750 once overclocked they are pretty good i'd say smile.gif i was just working with my cousin going from i5 660 to i5 750 (found one for 99 bucks) and he had a huge jump in performance, he's also planning to overclock so thats a plus too.

good luck finding your right choice
post #4 of 11
Would advise the leap. It'll be worth it in the long run.
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I just jumped from i5 750 to 3930k and as far as gaming and computer feels in general i cant tell the difference, I do see a big difference while encoding or folding but thats about it.
If you dont have a 120Hz screen or a big Eyefinity set up, just pick up the 750, youll max anything and you wont bottleneck anything. You wont see any diff with a 2500k.


the max stable clock i cheived on a rog MB was 4,1ghz but that was with 30C+ ambiant, so you might sqeeze a 4,2 stable. If it's for gaming you might just wanna get a 540 and OC it to 4,5 or 4,6 like ive seen before, the 540 compete with the 2600k in term of gaming...
Edited by Frank33 - 4/15/12 at 8:34pm
post #6 of 11
Are you unhappy with your current frame rates? If you're satisfied, you won't really notice much difference with a better processor, because everything will still look the same. If you're unable to play the games you want on the settings you want, then it's definitely worth upgrading.

If you're going to upgrade, go to the i5-2500k (or wait two weeks and see if the ivy rumors are true). Even though the parts are a little more expensive, you could probably pick up some used ones here on OCN as other people upgrade to ivy bridge or to Z77 motherboards.
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I just jumped from i5 750 to 3930k and as far as gaming and computer feels in general i cant tell the difference, I do see a big difference while encoding or folding but thats about it.
If you dont have a 120Hz screen or a big Eyefinity set up, just pick up the 750, youll max anything and you wont bottleneck anything. You wont see any diff with a 2500k.

Really? Hm, I'm going from my i5 750 to the 2500K (or the 3570K depending on retail benches/OC results), figured it'd be quite a jump. I'll do some gaming benchies of my own to see if this is the case when it comes time.

But Cold, I actually have a i5-750 with a Gigabyte P55A-UD4P setup right now, if you decide to take that route let me know and I can definitely work something out with you. I'm essentially going to try and sell it regardless, but would rather it go to someone from OCN than a random joe shmo.
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Really? Hm, I'm going from my i5 750 to the 2500K (or the 3570K depending on retail benches/OC results), figured it'd be quite a jump. I'll do some gaming benchies of my own to see if this is the case when it comes time.
But Cold, I actually have a i5-750 with a Gigabyte P55A-UD4P setup right now, if you decide to take that route let me know and I can definitely work something out with you. I'm essentially going to try and sell it regardless, but would rather it go to someone from OCN than a random joe shmo.

If i had a Eyefinity or a 120Hz monitor i would have seen a diff, but since i play at 1080p on a 60hz monitor, my 750 was alrdy maxing everything at 60Hz so i dont see any difference. Sure i see a difference on syntethic / no real life benchmark but what does that give me?
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Seems as though the general consensus is to save for the 2500k. I think i'll just save up for it. Thanks for the replies!

og4tcm: I'm not unhappy with my current frame rates, and I feel like i've gotten some good value with this cpu. Its the fastest cpu ive ever had (in the past 6 years ive gone from athlon64+ to e2180 to e5200 to i3 530). It just seems like more and more games will be making use of 4 cores. I would think about buying your 750, but i'm currently living overseas in the Philippines. Thanks for the offer though, good luck with the sale!
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Seems as though the general consensus is to save for the 2500k. I think i'll just save up for it. Thanks for the replies!
og4tcm: I'm not unhappy with my current frame rates, and I feel like i've gotten some good value with this cpu. Its the fastest cpu ive ever had (in the past 6 years ive gone from athlon64+ to e2180 to e5200 to i3 530). It just seems like more and more games will be making use of 4 cores. I would think about buying your 750, but i'm currently living overseas in the Philippines. Thanks for the offer though, good luck with the sale!

No worries man! I think you will be happy with the 2500K, I'm already pumped and I haven't even gotten it in yet!
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