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2600K vs 4930K? Advice Please!

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I know it might seem a bit of an unusual comparison! But my current PC is an overclocked 2600K system and was surprised at how well it still seems to be doing in benchmarks compared to much newer CPUs.

Im thinking of upgrading my computer but want it to provide a significant improvement otherwise its doesnt really seem worth doing. Naturally I dont want to spend a fortune for only a few extra % increase! I play CPU intensive games (BF4) and also do quite a lot of 3D rendering (C4D). So have been looking at the 4930K, as the Hex cores should be useful.

The other thing is my current motherboard only supports PCI-E 2.0 with 16GB 1600MHz Ram. Whereas if I upgraded it would be PCI-E 3.0 with 32GB 2133MHz Ram. Although Im not sure how much improvement this would actually give in 'real world' situations. My GPU is a GTX 690 and use it for gaming and video encoding.

So do you think it would be worth it or should I just stick with my 2600K? I know theres a Octa core CPU due out later this year which would probably be more suitable, but if I am going to upgrade my system I only have the spare time to do it now.

Thanks for any advice! thumb.gif
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By the way any benchmarks comparing the 2600K and 4930K on BF4 (at 1080p) and CineBench R15 on similar systems would be ideal if possible!
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I don't think it's worth it to be honest. I'd just stick to the 2600k for now and see what the future brings.
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As most enthusiast usually put it: Do you WANT a new CPU/mobo or do you NEED it? wink.gif

Are you experiencing any bottlenecks with your current CPU?
If not I´d probably wait for Haswell-E which should not only give you a big step-up but also the most new features chipset wise.
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Unless you can get cheap 4930k I'd wait until the summer for haswell e. Yeah it would make a significant difference, you're getting 2 more cores, 4 threads in addition to the IPC increase from ivy when compared to sandy.
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Thanks for the replies all.

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As most enthusiast usually put it: Do you WANT a new CPU/mobo or do you NEED it?

Are you experiencing any bottlenecks with your current CPU?
If not I´d probably wait for Haswell-E which should not only give you a big step-up but also the most new features chipset wise.

Nah I dont need it at all to be honest! I guess Im really just looking for some justification to spend the money and upgrade lol.

Im not sure if my GTX 690 is being used to its full potential where my current mobo only supports PCI-E 2.0. Looking at some benchmarks should give about 10-15 fps increase. Plus where BF4 in particular is very CPU intensive it might be bottlenecking the GPU slightly?
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In terms of games there will be minor performance differance in terms of fps I believe. I wouldnt really upgrade if you game only, specially at 1080p, unless you have 140hz screen and want rock solid 140 fps on all maxed settings in cpu intensive games.
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