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Hi guys,

So,I was thinking about upgrading my Q8400 @2.66GHz, which has proved to be sufficient for most of my gaming needs so far. With the new next-gen games coming out I thought that I should finally upgrade to an i5 4570. Another option would be to buy and SSD drive, which according to some people I know, makes a big difference and wait for a price drop on the i5. BTW, if I decide to buy a new CPU, I would also need to buy a new motherboard and perhaps an SSD, so it's a much more expensive alternative. What do you guys think?
Edited by JimTheGreat - 6/25/13 at 3:09am
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Upgrade the chip and motherboard first, then you'll have SATA III support to utilize the full potential (read/write speeds) of that SSD you buy down the road.
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The first important question, what's the maximum amount of money you are willing to spend?
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An SSD is the most noticeable upgrade you can do for your computer. Even at Sata II speeds an SSD is still much smoother than an HDD.
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Originally Posted by XAslanX View Post

An SSD is the most noticeable upgrade you can do for your computer. Even at Sata II speeds an SSD is still much smoother than an HDD.

I would say the CPU would be the bigger upgrade considering hes coming from a 775. SSD won't benefit performance as much as the CPU would after the application is loaded.
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upgrade dat cpu
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What's your budget? Maybe you can get both if you buy used parts..biggrin.gif
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Generally, gaming, in this order - gpu - cpu - then maybe a ssd thumb.gif
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Quote:
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The first important question, what's the maximum amount of money you are willing to spend?
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What's your budget? Maybe you can get both if you buy used parts..biggrin.gif

I'm willing to spend up to 300-350 euros.
Edited by JimTheGreat - 6/25/13 at 4:20am
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What is the primary use for your PC?

A SSD will improve your system responsiveness, the OS will boot fast, programs will launch fast. But it wont do much for things that are CPU/GPU bound. Games will load faster, but they wont perform any better. Intensive CPU tasks will still take the same amount of time.

So if you use your PC for light tasks- like web browsing, office work, media playback ect the SSD is a better choice.
if you use your PC for heavy tasks- like gaming, video editing, CAD work, ect. the CPU/MOBO/RAM upgrade is a better choice.
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