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Worth upgrading from an athlon II X4 to an i5 2500k for gaming?

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The only demanding thing I ever do with my PC is game. Would upgrading my CPU to an sandy bridge i5 give me noticeably better performance in games?
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can you say duh? lol
there would be a pretty good difference on cpu heavy games but if you dont wanna drop the cash for sandy bridge a regular i5 or i7 would be just as good too
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Are you having performance issues related to low gpu usage currently?

If yes, then yes you'd see a performance increase upgrading to the i5-2500k. If you're constantly at 99% gpu usage and getting good frames then no, a cpu upgrade wouldn't do anything for you.
    
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I'm mainly interested in improving Starcraft 2 performance. I can only get like 30-40 frames per second during combat with a lot of units, despite my fairly high-end GPU. =/
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Oh lord yes! It's a night and day difference. I just went from an Athlon II x4 @ 3.7Ghz to my sig rig (all parts the same except board, CPU, and RAM). And absolutely everything is worlds faster.

GTA IV and Crysis are now maxable, whereas they weren't before. All my other games weren't really affected "noticeably" though. Noticeably being that the performance was low enough with the Athlon that I had to sacrifice settings.

EDIT:
Granted I do a lot more on my rig than just game though. But the games that I DO play, its a huge increase.
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Definitely miles better for gaming with the i5 2500k.
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Why not just get a x6?
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
Oh lord yes! It's a night and day difference. I just went from an Athlon II x4 @ 3.7Ghz to my sig rig (all parts the same except board, CPU, and RAM). And absolutely everything is worlds faster.

GTA IV and Crysis are now maxable, whereas they weren't before. All my other games weren't really affected "noticeably" though. Noticeably being that the performance was low enough with the Athlon that I had to sacrifice settings.

EDIT:
Granted I do a lot more on my rig than just game though. But the games that I DO play, its a huge increase.
Yeah, that's pretty much it.

If you get another HD 5870, we'll talk.
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I'm mainly interested in improving Starcraft 2 performance. I can only get like 30-40 frames per second during combat with a lot of units, despite my fairly high-end GPU. =/
haha, yeah for Starcraft 2 it will be completely worth it. Hell my i3 540 yielded a significant increase in fps going from an Athlon II x4.

Unless you play super crazy maps, you'll not have to worry about performance in that game anymore. If you do it, definitely try some of the campaign levels as the difference will be pretty shocking.
     
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