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post #1 of 7
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Hi All,

It's been a while since I posted on these forums, so just a quick opinion poll really:

Is it worth me considering spending the money on upgrading my motherboard and CPU? Will I see a substantial increase in performance or will it be marginal?

Currently running an Intel i5 2550k (sandy) @ 4.8Ghz on an Asus P67 Sabertooth.

My PC is purely used for gaming, so I've never really considered i7's as I didn't think hyper-threading was really that beneficial. I used to frequent these forums back in the Core2 days (it's been a while!), so that thinking may have changed since then wink.gif

Cheers!
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post #2 of 7
For gaming, not really... unless you have the money to blow, go for it!
post #3 of 7
I would say no and the reason for that is your cpu at that clock is probably as good as a i5 4670k at 4.5ghz in games. Go big or go home...to me as we say smile.gif.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5TB Samsung 840 250GB Crucial MX100 256GB Alphacool Eisblock XPX 
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Alphacool ST30 360mm Alphacool ST30 140mm Alphacool Eisbecher 150mm Alphacool VPP655 
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Masterkleer (10/13mm) Compression fittings (10/13mm) Corsair SP120 High Performance Phobya 6 Touch 30W 
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Aquacomputer Kryographics Titan X (Pascal) Aquacomputer Active XCS backplate Watercool Heatkiller SW-X MB-Set Alphacool Monsta 240mm 
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post #4 of 7
Sandy at that speed is going to perform as good or better in games than any stock speed CPU sold today, so by that standard, you are still in "flagship" performance class. No need to upgrade other than to tinker or have some fun with new hardware (oooo shiny!)
     
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Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
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Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
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FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
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yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
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Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
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post #5 of 7
I would say a i5 2500k at 4.8 ghz is equal to a i5 4670k at 4.3-4.4 ghz in games...not in benchmaks but in general gaming. HT would be beneficial in games like bf4 that take advantage of many threads if you run two or more high end gpus and it has been like that ever since bf3 where a i5 did bottleneck high end cards in cf or sli at 1080p in multiplayer. In fact I experianced that myself so I sent back my other 7970 smile.gif. I got same fps on all settings and worse or equal fps than with 1 card. So something was definatley wrong there. Funny thing was my cpu werent even at 100% but like 80% and gpu usage with 2 cards was like 60% if im not wrong, so I dont think the cpu was getting bottlenecked. I has a thread about this a long time ago and we never found out what was wrong frown.gif.
Edited by PachAz - 4/9/14 at 7:09pm
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Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5TB Samsung 840 250GB Crucial MX100 256GB Alphacool Eisblock XPX 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Alphacool ST30 360mm Alphacool ST30 140mm Alphacool Eisbecher 150mm Alphacool VPP655 
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Aquacomputer Kryographics Titan X (Pascal) Aquacomputer Active XCS backplate Watercool Heatkiller SW-X MB-Set Alphacool Monsta 240mm 
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Windows 7 Professional Retail AOC Agon ag271qx CM Storm Quickfire Rappid-I Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5TB Samsung 840 250GB Crucial MX100 256GB Alphacool Eisblock XPX 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Alphacool ST30 360mm Alphacool ST30 140mm Alphacool Eisbecher 150mm Alphacool VPP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Masterkleer (10/13mm) Compression fittings (10/13mm) Corsair SP120 High Performance Phobya 6 Touch 30W 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacomputer Kryographics Titan X (Pascal) Aquacomputer Active XCS backplate Watercool Heatkiller SW-X MB-Set Alphacool Monsta 240mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional Retail AOC Agon ag271qx CM Storm Quickfire Rappid-I Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W 
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post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks folks!

Good to know I should be Ok for the time being. I'll keep an ear to the ground and consider an upgrade when something with a substantial performance increase is released I think.

I'm more of a 1-GPU/1-Monitor man, so hopefully I shouldn't experience the multi-thread/multi-gpu bottleneck mentioned by PachAz. I've just bought a 1440p monitor and a 780Ti so these should last me for at least a year (I should hope! wink.gif)

Cheers!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2550K @ 4.8Ghz ASUS P67 Sabertoorh KFA2 GTX780Ti HOF+ 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force 3 128GB 2x Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Corsair H60 Windows 8.1 
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Intel i5 2550K @ 4.8Ghz ASUS P67 Sabertoorh KFA2 GTX780Ti HOF+ 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force 3 128GB 2x Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Corsair H60 Windows 8.1 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Iiyama 27" 1440p Roccat Isku Silverstone Strider 1200W  Silverstone Fortress FT101 
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post #7 of 7
It will last you much longer, not many games out there use multicore and even if they do a i5 will still be strong compared to for example the fx cpus that has twice the cores (where in bf4 a i5 xxxx and fx83xx perform roughly the same).
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 6700K Asus Z170 Pro Gaming KFA2 GTX 1080 Ti EXOC Corsair LPX 16GB (2x8), 2133Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5TB Samsung 840 250GB Crucial MX100 256GB Alphacool Eisblock XPX 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Alphacool ST30 360mm Alphacool ST30 140mm Alphacool Eisbecher 150mm Alphacool VPP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Masterkleer (10/13mm) Compression fittings (10/13mm) Corsair SP120 High Performance Phobya 6 Touch 30W 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacomputer Kryographics Titan X (Pascal) Aquacomputer Active XCS backplate Watercool Heatkiller SW-X MB-Set Alphacool Monsta 240mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional Retail AOC Agon ag271qx CM Storm Quickfire Rappid-I Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master Cosmos II Logitech G502 Steelseries QcK Logitech 5:1 
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My PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 6700K Asus Z170 Pro Gaming KFA2 GTX 1080 Ti EXOC Corsair LPX 16GB (2x8), 2133Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5TB Samsung 840 250GB Crucial MX100 256GB Alphacool Eisblock XPX 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Alphacool ST30 360mm Alphacool ST30 140mm Alphacool Eisbecher 150mm Alphacool VPP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Masterkleer (10/13mm) Compression fittings (10/13mm) Corsair SP120 High Performance Phobya 6 Touch 30W 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacomputer Kryographics Titan X (Pascal) Aquacomputer Active XCS backplate Watercool Heatkiller SW-X MB-Set Alphacool Monsta 240mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional Retail AOC Agon ag271qx CM Storm Quickfire Rappid-I Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master Cosmos II Logitech G502 Steelseries QcK Logitech 5:1 
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