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Wondering if i would see any gain in gaming from going from a q9550 @ 3.8 (maybe even 4.0 if i get some more time to mess with bios) to a i5 2500k or 3570k.

Upgrading looks like its gonna cost me about 350-450 to replace motherboard/ram/cpu/heatsink.

So a couple questions

1)Good motherboard for overclocking would prefer 2 pci slot for future CF/SLI but if not 1 works as well
2)Good heatsink for socket 1155 for around $50
3)Is the q9550+UD3R worth anything for resale these days or better off just using as a 2nd computer.

The other option is wait to see what Haswell offers and maybe even buy a used i5 combo from someone upgrading.

(If anyone happens to have a i5 clocked at 3.8 or 4 and a card near a 7870(LE) that would be willing to do some benchmarks i would greatly appreciate it)
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post #2 of 8
Get the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H, very good mobo for the price. As for the heatsink, Hyper 212 evo is really good for ~$30, you can get another fan with the rest of the money.

You should be able to sell the Q9550+UD3R for around ~$150~170 or even a bit more.
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post #3 of 8
Wow isn't that my typical System biggrin.gif... Except you got more ram.
to be frank you wont gain anything from just changing the CPU/mobo/Ram. unless you change the gpu...
i'm in your same situation and i'm TIGHT on budget. so i decided to relax. collect the money (around 30% there) and if i have the money before haswell i will get the 3770K which is 10% slower than the 4770 on computing power and 30% on the gpu power.

So if you are eager to PLAY right now. get a second hand components off the OCN market place. and i would recommend the UD3H and a 3570K for your case. also the Hyper evo 212 is an excellent choice for the price.

Bottom line. if you have the money Now . do the upgrade. if not. save it and if haswell is so close. go for it smile.gif
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My god am i tried of hearing about the Hyper 212 Evo the fan on that cooler is loud as hell and how come no one talks about the Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120M its about the same price point at least here in Denmark it is
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

My god am i tried of hearing about the Hyper 212 Evo the fan on that cooler is loud as hell and how come no one talks about the Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120M its about the same price point at least here in Denmark it is

Chill out mate. it's just more people know it:)

i've to agree True Spirit is a nice HS aswell
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Originally Posted by Ramzinho View Post

Chill out mate. it's just more people know it:)

i've to agree True Spirit is a nice HS aswell

I am just annoyed that the 212 Evo has been so overblown at this point

Its in almost every thread about cheap coolers
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post #7 of 8
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Whoops forgot to update my rig i am running a sapphire 7870xt.
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post #8 of 8
Your not going to see as big of a gain switching to sandy/ivy as you would upgrading your video card to a 7870xt or so. Your q at 3.8-4.0 shouldnt be much if any hinderance to a 7870 and you can expect to at least double if not triple your gaming performance. That is if your still using the 260 in your sig rig.
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