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I'm interested in your definition of bottleneck you wrote there smile.gif, but about the bold part, is the use of both of the CPU words correct or one of them should be GPU?

I was wondering about what benefits would have upgrading an I5 2500K with an I7 3770K. I see it has 8 threads, so it does mean it handles processes better I guess. One acquaintance is offering it to me very cheap because he will upgrade his rig and since I don't really have that much money/need to purchase also a new motherboard + ddr4 ram yet(until the next 4 years I guess) I was thinking if it might be fine to accept the deal or not.

 

 

Seriously though, I'm 100% sure the bit you quoted was with regards to the CPU pushing the GPU. It would all be about price and use-case with the 3770k, IMO. If you haven't got a pressing need for eight threads there still aren't loads of games leveraging the MT advantage of the i7. If you do any video encoding, streaming, or anything of that sort, you'll notice a significant positive improvement with the 3770k, so it's up to your use-case. Of course, were I you, if the offer were something like £50 I'd take it on principle to hold me over until the next big re-build.

     
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Thanks smile.gif and sorry about necroing the topic, I didn't see the date of the answers, found this topic in google, read until page 39, created an account and went back to page 33 to quote the text.
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Thanks smile.gif and sorry about necroing the topic, I didn't see the date of the answers, found this topic in google, read until page 39, created an account and went back to page 33 to quote the text.

 

We all do it now and again! :cheers:

 

I'd just consider whether you use any highly-threaded applications that can make use of the i7, and then consider the price. For reference I sold mine for £220 or thereabouts so something like $275 USD at the time. If it's a reasonable price and you can use it, or it's just a great price for a used 3770k, snap it up.

     
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post #394 of 402
Ok, I'll have in mind your advice. And just for the record, the price I'm being offered is half of the one you said in USD (275 / 2 = 137.50), a bit more with shipping though (my friend doesn't live in the same state as me but somewhat near) and he used it like 1 year more or less, overclocking it at 4.0Ghz during it's use and had water cooling system (Swiftech H220x).

EDIT: He tested it before offering it up to 4.4Ghz and he said it was stable.
Edited by blackbishop - 10/8/16 at 8:08pm
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I sold off a couple of i7-3770Ks for around $235 each in the last two months, so you're getting a great deal and a cheap upgrade from your friend, especially if you turn around and sell your i5-2500K for about $100.
    
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^ Agreed. Especially as it sounds as though it was cared for and cooled properly. I had the H220x before I picked up the x2 and it was more than capable of handling a 4.6GHz 3770k at very comfortable temps. At 4.0GHz that chip shouldn't have been unduly stressed by heat or voltage and should be in great shape.

     
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I sold off a couple of i7-3770Ks for around $235 each in the last two months, so you're getting a great deal and a cheap upgrade from your friend, especially if you turn around and sell your i5-2500K for about $100.

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^ Agreed. Especially as it sounds as though it was cared for and cooled properly. I had the H220x before I picked up the x2 and it was more than capable of handling a 4.6GHz 3770k at very comfortable temps. At 4.0GHz that chip shouldn't have been unduly stressed by heat or voltage and should be in great shape.

Thanks guys smile.gif! Your input is really helpful!

Then I'll proceed to inform him that I accept the deal!thumb.gif
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It really depends on what you do with your system.

If you do nothing but game its going to be a bit of a side grade, I doubt you will notice a difference in performance.
If you multitask like live stream, or you render videos and audio then you will probably notice a performance increase.

If you currently have a 2500K with a decent motherboard I would suggest you try overclocking if you haven't already. You can run the 2500k at 4.7ghz on the Cooler Master hyper 212 which you can get for around $30 (cheaper on sale) and that puts you at stock 6500 levels which isn't bad for a almost 6 year old chip. . .

Here is a great video that might help you make a decision.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZxZiksWtRQ

Edit: Didn't see the last page, DOH!doh.gif
Edited by Max78 - 10/10/16 at 7:00am
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I'd recommend upgrading the 2500K for

1) 980Ti or higher in nvidia rigs
2) R9 290 or higher in amd rigs
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I'd recommend upgrading the 2500K for

1) 980Ti or higher in nvidia rigs
2) R9 290 or higher in amd rigs

I think it's time for me to upgrade sadsmiley.gif
still slumming it on sata2/usb2 lol trying to hold out till zen / kaby
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