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Should I go from Q9650 to i5 2500

post #1 of 11
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Hi

I am only gamer
So looking at my sig rig! Should I upgrade to i5 2500

The bits I'm thinking of getting are
Intel Core i5 2500 3.30GHz (Sandy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 £164.99 inc vat

Intel GA-P67A-UD4 Intel P67 (Socket 1155) Motherboard £154.98 inc vat

G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit £49.98 inc vat

And a nice CPU Cooler £40-£50

So just over £400
And I'd most likely get £200 or so for my old bits!
So it'll cost me £200 ish

So, do I need i5 SB for gaming!
Thanks
AC
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post #2 of 11
If just for gaming, no. Games are mostly GPU intensive, you're 480 is just fine.
The Q9650 is just like the Q9550 still a great CPU for games. Why waste the money?
post #3 of 11
I'm in the exact same situation as you and I have concluded that it's not worthwhile to upgrade CPU/MB/RAM just yet. Personally I will be waiting a while to see what the next gen chips bring to the table.
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post #5 of 11
It is an upgrade but I think it isn't wothy it unless a 2500K and OC it. But still, Q9650 at 3.8G with GTX480 is still pretty solid.
post #6 of 11
I wouldn't, unless you really need more power and higher overclock..

Q9650 is still a bad ass cpu.
post #7 of 11
don't upgrade unless if you're willing to spend the cash just for a mere benchmarks points which is pointless for a gamer like you! the Q9650 is still good enough for being bottlenecked by GPU in most cases! if I were you i would wait for the upcoming haswell processors!
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post #8 of 11
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Thanks for the replies

What I'll do. Is offer the bits to my mate who just now bought my old GTX 285 off of me!
I'll tell him £300! He paid me £100 for the card! So gets an alright PC for £400
I'll have £400 towards the build

But if he doesn't want the bits for £300. Then I won't bother changing
Because, as you've all said "there is no piont"

But if I can get £300! And get the new bits. The later I can do "Sli or dedicated physx card"

So yeah, it's in the hands of the Gods
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post #9 of 11
yea i was in same boat, debating to upgrade. i might just get a new card and call it a day.
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post #10 of 11
If you do decide to upgrade, make sure to get the 2500K

vanilla 2500 cannot OC much
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