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Worth upgrading from the i5 2500k yet?

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CPU: i5 2500k
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RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)

Only other part that I'm considering replacing alongside the processor is the garbage motherboard that I bought without knowing the flaws of LE boards.
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Sure, the 4770k would be a good step up, even though it is not a great overclocker. But if you can, I would wait for the Haswell refresh K processor that should be out later in the year.
post #3 of 21
Why upgrade it if it still works for you? You should only upgrade if you find yourself unable to to play a game due to heavy stuttering/lag or if your CPU has exceeded 5 years of life since the time it was first released.

Yours was launched in Q1 2011 meaning it should be good at least up to Q1 2016, and probably beyond. The reason I recommend selling tech you own when it gets 5 years old is basically e-bay depreciation.
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post #4 of 21
4930k is the lowest CPU u could upgrade to be call "upgrade worthy"
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Why upgrade it if it still works for you? You should only upgrade if you find yourself unable to to play a game due to heavy stuttering/lag or if your CPU has exceeded 5 years of life since the time it was first released.

Yours was launched in Q1 2011 meaning it should be good at least up to Q1 2016, and probably beyond. The reason I recommend selling tech you own when it gets 5 years old is basically e-bay depreciation.

Main problem is the motherboard, it has caused nothing but problems, BSODs, can only overclock through voltage which doesn't give me good results. If the motherboard goes, the CPU goes as well, so I was trying to get an opinion on that.
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If I were you, I would buy a good motherboard first, install it, and then sell my old motherboard. You would cover most of the cost of the new motherboard through selling your old one.
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post #7 of 21
I guess it depends on what your doing/hoping to achieve. Perhaps if you let us know what it is you do or hoping to do we could better advise?

However at the end of the day we're all enthusiasts here, and if I want to upgrade just because and I have the disposable income available to me I'll upgrade, computers is my hobby and I like playing with new things smile.gif So if you want new stuff just get it, no need to try and justify it if you don't have to dude wink.gif
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post #8 of 21
If your motherboard is causing you problem I would sell it and get a better one, either used or new. The i5 2500k is still good, OC it a bit and it is as good as the latest i5 in games. Speaking about in game performance, the best would be to get another moderboard that works, second get a new gpu and third a better cpu cooler so you can crank it up to 4.5ghz. The sandy clock better than the ivy bridge I have heard. As it is now, little is limited by hardware and mostly by software/games. In other words, with a little bit of OC, you basicy having a i5 4760k.

I would only get a i7 4770k if I would make a whole new build, and that would be a high end to beginn with, like 16-32gb ram, 1-2 gtx 780, 780ti, r9 290/290x etc, 1000w psu and all other e-pen stuff. Unless you really need HT on the i7 4770k I wouldnt even bother.

Also what do you wanna achieve? Unless you play at 1080p with sli/cf 780ti or 290x and have 144hz screen and want 120-140 fps on all ultra in bf4 multiplayer you wont really need the HT that i7 4770k gives. Keep it simple and upgrade smart. Imo even if I would have like 3000 euro to spend without thinking I would get a i5, and I can even go so far to say I would get a used i5 2500k and put the rest on gpu and cooling and crank it up to 5-5.2 ghz. But thats mi ihihih.
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post #9 of 21
I'm still running with an old i7 920 x58 and even though I do some really CPU intensive stuff like 3D animation and video rendering I haven't been able to justify the price of an upgrade. Really its only now that the Haswell-E 8-core, x99 and ddr4 are on the horizon that I'm really starting to get the itch to upgrade as its finally an proper big jump in performance. Even so that stuff is probably going to be really expensive at first so I doubt I'm going to be one of the early adopters.
    
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post #10 of 21
I say wait for the benchmarks for the x99 platform 1st, if youre not impressed, then change your motherboard for a better chipset (z68, z77), then get a better cpu heatsink and then overclock your cpu more. and get a better gfx card. like a gtx 760 or radeon R9 270x or another Sapphire HD 7870 XT w/ Boost thumb.gif
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