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Hey Guys, I know this is probabaly a very common question, But I am looking to upgrade my cpu.

I've currently got an i3-530, I playing Mostly Starcraft 2 and Black Ops, It Runs them Both 'okay' But I really want them to run it better so I was thinking about upgrading to an i5-760, Just not sure if it is worth the Money to upgrade will i get a massive benifit from it.

The system in my Sig is all up to date for Reference sake.

(Overclocking isn't a massive issue as I am only running stock cooling, at the moment.)

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Well,

Both of them would run it ok. I'm a little curious as to why you went with the H55 motherbaord rather than a P55 mobo.

The GTX460 is really an entry level card as well, but neither of those would really impact the gameplay.

I'd say, try a modest overclock to about 3.8Ghz and see how it runs then.

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post #3 of 20
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The place i went to didn't sell the p55 :'(

Sadly same place onl had the 460 and my old GPU was failing quickly so i needed a new 1 then and ther

Would i notice a difference if i overclock to 3.8?
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post #4 of 20
Overclock to 4ghz, put ht on and you will be sorted.

Also get a better gpu or sli your current graphics card.
post #5 of 20
Well both those games actually depend on CPU speed quite a lot. So an overclock of 3.8GHZ on an i3 is actually rather easy.

Worst case, yeah go with the i5. Either that or OC and SLi your 460's
post #6 of 20
He can't SLI because the p7H55-M has only one PCI-E 2.0 slot.

IMO overclock the i3 as much as you can and if you still see you're not getting the performance you want, buy a second-hand i5-760. They range at about ~160ish used.
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Any Suggestions on overclocking then?
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Any Suggestions on overclocking then?
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Try that.
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Try that.
I can see me failing that, No simplier way is there?
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I would say I have a *fairly* similar build to yours, my good sir, and I can definitely say that having an i5 is pretty much where you want to be if you want a gaming rig. In my humble opinion, I'd say the 460 is enough for majority of the games you can play right about now. Not too sure about the SE edition though. If you can OC the 460, it should be able to handle a large proportion of today's games, save Crysis and a few others like Metro. SCII and Black Ops will run fine under the 460, but it's really the CPU that holds you back. Upgrading to an i5-760 from a Q6600 @ 3.2GHz garnered a massive improvement in performance for me, and it was easy to tell that my Q6600 was holding me back quite a lot. As for whether it's worth it, I think it is. If you get a decent aftermarket cooler and you start OC'ing that 760, you'll see some massive performance gains.

For example, at stock, for myself at least, when I ran IBT, I only got around 31GigaFlops. However, when I overclocked to 3.8GHz, I'm getting a decent 53Gigaflops. Although this doesn't translate into getting 2x the performance, it's still a noticeable boost. It's well worth it in the long run.

Hope that helps a bit. (:

EDIT: In retrospect, I think OC'ing the i3 to decent levels would be more than enough.
Edited by Swift Castiel - 2/17/11 at 5:09am
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