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I plan on upgrading to a GTX 1080 Ti when they come out but as for my signature rig CPU (i7 2600K) is there any reason to upgrade this for gaming? Will I experience faster load times, or an overall faster gameplay experience? I am looking for any reasons at all, beyond "it's going to be expensive to do that and not worth it". Also, any suggestions for a better CPU for gaming? I purchased mine quite a few years ago now.

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No reason to upgrade. Just get some 2133 ram and OC 2600k to least 4.4Ghz+
Larger 500GB SSD for your games.
    
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I plan on upgrading to a GTX 1080 Ti when they come out but as for my signature rig CPU (i7 2600K) is there any reason to upgrade this for gaming? Will I experience faster load times, or an overall faster gameplay experience? I am looking for any reasons at all, beyond "it's going to be expensive to do that and not worth it". Also, any suggestions for a better CPU for gaming? I purchased mine quite a few years ago now.

Thanks,

I went from a 2600K to a 4771 (locked 4770K) to a 4790K and every time it was worth it, but a) I don't overclock and b) I was mostly CPU bound in my games.

Over the last year I've pretty much stopped gaming and downgraded my GPU to a GTX 960, so that's why I'm sticking with the 4790K for now.
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If that 2600k is not OC'ed- OC it to 4.8Gigs and you'll be laughing laughing laughing.
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If that 2600k is not OC'ed- OC it to 4.8Gigs and you'll be laughing laughing laughing.


Do you have a guide to overclock it that much? Preferably in video format so that I don't mess anything up.

Can I do so with my existing hardware (motherboard, cooler) or will I need to do a few swaps?
    
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Do you have a guide to overclock it that much? Preferably in video format so that I don't mess anything up.

Can I do so with my existing hardware (motherboard, cooler) or will I need to do a few swaps?
Motherboard is good- you will need a better cooler tho- such as a one of them heavy-ass Noctuas or Phanteks or just get a Corsair H80i GTX water cooling kit and you'll be laughing all the way to 5Ghz.
Just Google for an OC guide.
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Do you have a guide to overclock it that much? Preferably in video format so that I don't mess anything up.

Can I do so with my existing hardware (motherboard, cooler) or will I need to do a few swaps?
Motherboard is good- you will need a better cooler tho- such as a one of them heavy-ass Noctuas or Phanteks or just get a Corsair H80i GTX water cooling kit and you'll be laughing all the way to 5Ghz.
Just Google for an OC guide.

Yes, no...
Although Sandy clocks well, there is no guarantee whatsoever that he'll even hit 4.7GHz.
Furthermore, there is plenty of inaccurate and incomplete information on overclocking found via 'just googling', so I would not recommend it.
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If that 2600k is not OC'ed- OC it to 4.8Gigs and you'll be laughing laughing laughing.


Do you have a guide to overclock it that much? Preferably in video format so that I don't mess anything up.

Can I do so with my existing hardware (motherboard, cooler) or will I need to do a few swaps?

I'd recommend starting with OCN's guides, posted in the Intel Forum.

This master thread, along with this thread should cover the basics. You could also look up any quirks specific to your chipset here. smile.gif
Prepare for a lot of reading, and I would not recommend a video guide as your sole source of information.
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Can't remember where I saw that video... it was here on this site. It was roughly a year ago, but it showed even the most powerful CPU's being something of a bottleneck on modern games. So I'd say if you're wanting to play the latest and greatest, a CPU upgrade would definitely help.
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I'd recomended to starting with ocn's guides ,, g.png
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No reason to upgrade. Just get some 2133 ram and OC 2600k to least 4.4Ghz+
Larger 500GB SSD for your games.
I concur! What is your RAM at now? And an ssd will certainly help in some instances, but not in actual fps most likely. More in load times. If ur not worried too much about the economics of it, then yeah a faster cpu would also be nice!
   
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