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Hi guys.
I'm standing against hard decision. I really want to switch to 4-core CPU finally. Currently I have i3-3220 and budget mobo GB B75-D3V. I can see that during online gaming it loses breath (microstutters etc.).

My question is what is the best way to upgrade my i3:

1. Upgrade whole platform to skyalke i5-6400+ (most expensive way - MB, CPU, RAM)
2. Upgrade to current or olderCPU gen, lets say i5-2500+ (no need to buy new mobo)

I'm not after maximum performance. I just want to game comfy on mid-high details for next few years.

Is it worth spending extra cash on new platform?
Or is it worth to spend cash on older (but faster) CPU?
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Just try and look for any cheap Sandy i5/i7/Xeon. Those are cheap now.

Lastly, what GPU do you have? Most games run fine on an i3 (i also had an i3-3220, and an i3-550) and i saw no issues whatsoever.
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Thanks for answer. I got GTX770
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Just try and look for any cheap Sandy i5/i7/Xeon. Those are cheap now.

Lastly, what GPU do you have? Most games run fine on an i3 (i also had an i3-3220, and an i3-550) and i saw no issues whatsoever.

What he said, used xeons should run about the cost of a i5 but with hyperthreading. Also not like you'll be overclocking on a b75 chipset so nothing lost there
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Hi guys.
I'm standing against hard decision. I really want to switch to 4-core CPU finally. Currently I have i3-3220 and budget mobo GB B75-D3V. I can see that during online gaming it loses breath (microstutters etc.).

My question is what is the best way to upgrade my i3:

1. Upgrade whole platform to skyalke i5-6400+ (most expensive way - MB, CPU, RAM)
2. Upgrade to current or olderCPU gen, lets say i5-2500+ (no need to buy new mobo)

I'm not after maximum performance. I just want to game comfy on mid-high details for next few years.

Is it worth spending extra cash on new platform?
Or is it worth to spend cash on older (but faster) CPU?

It is hard to say what you need without knowing what the rest of your system looks like (like GPU) or what you play game-wise and setting-wise. With that said, I would guess that it is very unlikely it is your CPU that is holding your system back.

If you really want to have a 4 core chip, the best probably would be to get something like a 3470 or 3570. They can be had for 100 to 125 or so. I don't think you will notice much difference in games though.
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Thanks for answer. I got GTX770

Hm, your GPU seems all right. What are you playing?

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What he said, used xeons should run about the cost of a i5 but with hyperthreading. Also not like you'll be overclocking on a b75 chipset so nothing lost there

My thoughts exactly. Plus, if you do not really plan to use the Intel IGP you can even save some watts (and heat) there.
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I mainly play CS:GO and Diablo 3
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Upgrade to a sandy i7 or xeon, a 2600k can be had for around 150 or less, xeons should go for around 100 like i5 2500k do
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I ended up buying i7 2600K for 150 bucks. I think it's the least expensive way of feeling an upgrade. Thank you guys for your answers.
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