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post #1 of 7
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Hi everyone

I hope this is the right section of the forum where to put this one.

Since the 2009 ( i hope i'm right ), i'm the owner of an i5 750 ( 2,67 Ghz, lga 1156 ) intel's cpu. Since then i've always keep my rig not up to date ( you can see the full config in my signature ) cause of the game i've always played like quake3, quakelive, counter strike...cause they don't require you to have such a kickass computer.

But now, spending most of the time outside and enjoying just few hours during the week at the computer i'm moving towards single players games like skyrim, follout , gta etc etc...so i'm realizing my computer is not good enough even scaling the graphic settings and tweaking the games

At this point what would you suggest?

1) Overclock the cpu ( so it would involve putting some money into a good cpu cooler and a new gpu ) ?
2) Wait for the new intel/amd cpus to come out and buy one of them ( that would involve changing mobo, maybe ram and of course a new gpu...so basically a new rig )
3) Upgrade now to maybe a really good i5/i7 processors cause rumors says that haswell aren't such as big improvement compared to them ( so again new mobo, new cpu and gpu )
4) Keep my rig as it is and wait maybe for 2014 and see what's the cpu market has to offer after haswell

Up to know i'm considering all of them and i'd like you to give me some ideas of what you think

thanks thumb.gif
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post #2 of 7
Your computer isnt "good enough" because your GPU is ancient, it is what is holding back your gaming experience, not your cpu which is fine BTW.

Upgrade your graphics card first, then see if you still want to upgrade your cpu.
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post #3 of 7
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actually the past week i've tried a MSI gtx 670 and was really great. but believe me, the cpu was doing bottlenecking with the gpu, so i had anyway to scale the performance and the graphic. So i don't know how much wise it would be to spend money if i have anyway to scale graphic frequently to have a smooth gaming experience.

ah by the way, even ovclocking the cpu, it could be that it'd reach at maximum 3,4 Ghz or 3,5 Ghz instead of 4 Ghz from other users, cause of course every cpu is different. So no one can assure me the an ovclock to the cpu would bring benefits and run my system stable

so that's why i'm deciding if is really worth the money an update now, or it would be better to wait and move to a new generation of hardware


ps: i've passed like my entire time at the computer since the beginning scaling the graphics to have more performance ( i've always had ugly rigs, so i had to do it ). But nowadays that i have just little time to spend on the computer , and the games aren't amazing in terms of originallity, the only thing i would like to try is to play them with really good graphics and good performance. For example, i've tried this gtx 670 on skyrim, and believe me it was good at ultra detail, but still in fighting scenes or just putting some mods the performance dropped so many times. so pretty annoying
Edited by Tellah - 5/29/13 at 5:31am
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post #4 of 7
I would get an i5 3570k/i7 3770k from micro center thumb.gif at stock is able to handle 670 SLI
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by youpekkad View Post

Your computer isnt "good enough" because your GPU is ancient, it is what is holding back your gaming experience, not your cpu which is fine BTW.

Upgrade your graphics card first, then see if you still want to upgrade your cpu.


by the time new cpus would come out, a card tha now costs 300 euros ( for example ), it would costs maybe 250. So i think it's not so wise to buy a new gpu now, and then buying a new cpu in 5 months cause, by that time i would find more powerfull gpus at the same price.
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post #6 of 7
You could wait for the Nviidia GTX 770 or buy now a very good AMD 7950. The Gpu is your problem and even if your cpu is not as strong as modern i5s its enough for the basic´s.
With a new GPU you can upgrade to an Haswell i5 -4670k . Its not far away.
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post #7 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tellah View Post

by the time new cpus would come out, a card tha now costs 300 euros ( for example ), it would costs maybe 250. So i think it's not so wise to buy a new gpu now, and then buying a new cpu in 5 months cause, by that time i would find more powerfull gpus at the same price.

Sry I didnt see you mention in your original post that you already have a GTX670 (or do you, or did you just try it?), I thought your still on a HD3870 (your sig rig..) smile.gif

If you already have a GTX670 then a new cpu >>>>>>>new gpu, if you still have a HD3870, then a new gpu>>>>>>>>>>>>new cpu IMO.
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