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I wouldn't upgrade. You've got a great rig there and won't see drastic improvements. I don't think you'll see your money as being well spent.
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I'm just wondering if anyone was in my situation, and took the plunge... Ideally. And what their thoughts are. And another concern of mine is that how much more can my processor take before it becomes a bottle-neck. Cause if i don't get the 2500k then I might just go ahead and get a gtx580... Nawimean?
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I wouldn't go for an i5, your current CPU should do fine. It depends on what games you play of course, but I can't imagine that quad limiting you in much else than StarCraft 2, but that's just because it's not quad optimized. And based on my experiences with my dual + HD 5850, I doubt your quad will bottleneck even a GTX 580.
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I wouldn't go for an i5, your current CPU should do fine. It depends on what games you play of course, but I can't imagine that quad limiting you in much else than StarCraft 2, but that's just because it's not quad optimized. And based on my experiences with my dual + HD 5850, I doubt your quad will bottleneck even a GTX 580.
Thanks man. Those are some ensuring words. Now the question is... is the 580 worth the extra $$$?
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Honestly with your current specs I'd just wait. I don't even know if I'm going to get ivy bridge: there's nothing that I cant run well on my current pc.
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Thanks man. Those are some ensuring words. Now the question is... is the 580 worth the extra $$$?
First to prove my point:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4008/n...orce-gtx-580/5
This review uses an i7 930 @ 3.3 GHz and they get at least 50% scaling with GTX 580 SLI. Considering that your Q9450 @ 3.6 is about 85% of the old i7's in clock-for-clock performance (http://www.techspot.com/review/124-i...65/page12.html), I'd say that it definitely can utilize a single GTX 580 completely.

But is the GTX 580 worth the money? Well, I would go for an HD 6950 and unlock that to an HD 6970, but that's because I'm cheap and I don't mind AMD's drivers. And that's only if I had the money (which I don't, otherwise I wouldn't be stuck on a dual). If you have the money/want NVIDIA drivers, then I'd say it's worth it. If you don't feel a need to spend the money on a GTX 580 and need to be convinced, then I don't think it's worth it. It'll be a, what, 30% increase? I mean, that's good, but the last time I upgraded, I got a 200% increase (8800 GT to HD 5850). I really can't justify buying something that won't make enough difference to let me change my graphics settings in games. When I'm already down to 50-60 FPS in some games, a 30% increase would only yield me enough extra performance to get a slightly smoother experience on my current, not-maxed-out graphics settings.
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My E6850 @ 3ghz (dual core) bottlenecks my gpu in some games.
Personally, i am upgrading the the i5-2500K, however i do do some video rendering as well as high quality 3DRendering so it will be a big improvement for me.

Ivy Bridge will be the same architecture as sandy bridge, only shrunk with some extra cores fitted onto the die, so it wont make that much difference in performance. They will also have 8 and 16 (confirm the 16 for me) cpus avalible in ivy bridge. This wont really matter for gamming as they are mostly console ports which use 2 cores. However there are games using 4 cores, you wont really see them using 8 cores anytime soon. Whats the point of making a game using 8 cores if 2% of users have it, were a greater number of active gamers have 4 cores.

That being said, AMD will have bulldozer out later this year, however intel is better right now, and AMD may take the lead, but i dobut it. Its up to you.
    
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My E6850 @ 3ghz (dual core) bottlenecks my gpu in some games.
I had E6750 @ 3.3GHz and HD4850 and never saw any GPU bottleneck ..

However in CPU demanding games you can be CPU bottlenecked..

I`ve tested Crysis 1280 x 1024,Very High 2xAA (very GPU demanding) with cpu @ 2.66GHz and CPU @ 3.2GHz and I had 0.5 FPS improvement when OC`d which is within margin of error..

And GPU usage in both cases stayed @ 99%.

So if you upgrade CPU and stay with HD4850 there`s only few games that youll feel benefit as GPU is being stressed more and more with new games..

For other CPU bonded apps 2500K would do a miracles for you..

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It will be faster thats for sure because its 3.6Ghz vs 4.6Ghz+ but not really worth it because the gain u get because of GPU limitation is next to nothing. Your CPU is good for any single GPU at there.
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