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Going to college...Upgrade??

Poll Results: If you were in the same position what would you do?

 
  • 12% (1)
    Just upgrade now! Do it now!
  • 87% (7)
    Wait it out, 2500k at 4.5 should be able to hold its own for that time
8 Total Votes  
post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I am going to college in august, and I most likely won't be able to do anything involving upgrading the computer till I graduate which will be most like 3 years from now. I am worried that during that time if I don't upgrade my 2500k will struggle in games in the coming years, and 4.5GHZ is the max I can take it too. Its a garbage chip. I was planning on upgrading to Haswell this summer, but lately I just haven't had much of a desire to do it, other then to play with new stuff. What would you do? Upgrade now or wait it out?
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post #2 of 7
Ivy was a tiny increase over Sandy, and I heard Haswell barely did anything to improve Ivy. Save your pennies, upgrade in the summer if/when you go home.
    
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post #3 of 7
Your CPU is fine.
post #4 of 7
This may be kind of off topic but don't take your desktop to college. It could get stolen, or it could have alcohol spilled all over it.

Especially if you are going to UW
post #5 of 7
you should be fine with sandy. I am debating whether to bring my 350D to college or not. It may get stolen, but they would rather steal my MBP, so is there really a point in being afraid? I plan to just buy a non window side panel for my days at college or i may transplant it into an HP case and hide its power biggrin.gif.
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post #6 of 7
Well what type of games do you play? There are no games right now that will best your 2500k. And unless you want to upgrade to a Titan you will not see any bottlenecking. But it is hard to say for the next 3 years. Haswell wouldn't be much of an improvement over your 2500k, supposedly the next big processor to come from Intel is going to be Skymont (or maybe it was Skylake) and that is not until late 2015. Unless you are going with a X79 chip MOBO and a Quadfire/QuadSLI setup then I can't see a reason for upgrading.
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post

This may be kind of off topic but don't take your desktop to college. It could get stolen, or it could have alcohol spilled all over it.

Especially if you are going to UW

Yeah, ive been debating actually if I even want to bring the computer, but things have not been good at home here, so Im not sure my parents will be keeping the house while Im gone anyways so id rather have it with me, rather then having them deal with it when theres some fall out with the house. My parents split up during this last month and my dad is already gone, and my mom and I are just in the house, but she wants to move before the holidays so.
My Current System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 4770k Haswell @ 4.2GHZ 1.22v MSi Z97 Gaming 5 MSi Gaming X GTX1070 8GB @ 2GHZ G. Skill Trident X 16gb (4x4GB) 2400mhz 1.65v 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB SSD  Corsair Neutron 240GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA 6gb/s 64mb cache (2x... EK Supremacy  
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Alphacool XT45 360 Radiator Alphacool UT60 240 Radiator MCP350 w/ EK reservior top 140 multi tube Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Qnix QN2710LED 27" 2560 x 1440 PLS @ 100hz Corsair K70 w/ Red Backlit and Cherry MX Browns Corsair HX850 Gen1 Silver Corsair Obsidian 750D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries Rival 300 Corsair Mat Realtek ALC1150 w/ MSi Soundboost Hyper X Cloud Pro Headset 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 4770k Haswell @ 4.2GHZ 1.22v MSi Z97 Gaming 5 MSi Gaming X GTX1070 8GB @ 2GHZ G. Skill Trident X 16gb (4x4GB) 2400mhz 1.65v 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB SSD  Corsair Neutron 240GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA 6gb/s 64mb cache (2x... EK Supremacy  
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Alphacool XT45 360 Radiator Alphacool UT60 240 Radiator MCP350 w/ EK reservior top 140 multi tube Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Qnix QN2710LED 27" 2560 x 1440 PLS @ 100hz Corsair K70 w/ Red Backlit and Cherry MX Browns Corsair HX850 Gen1 Silver Corsair Obsidian 750D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries Rival 300 Corsair Mat Realtek ALC1150 w/ MSi Soundboost Hyper X Cloud Pro Headset 
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