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my q6600 is OC to 3ghz and cannot go any higher without a better board and cooling, so thus I decided maybe I should just upgrade to a new cpu altogether. I play many cpu intensive games like BC2, Shogun 2, Arma 2 and some others. The build is also meant so I can run Bf3 at awesome settings when it comes out.
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I never suggest upgrading hardware to meet some future application. If it's meeting your needs now, then keep what you have. By the time you're actually using the future application, everything will be cheaper, so upgrade then.
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I never suggest upgrading hardware to meet some future application. If it's meeting your needs now, then keep what you have. By the time you're actually using the future application, everything will be cheaper, so upgrade then.
Well its not really meeting my needs right now as BC2 performance could be better and shogun 2 doesnt run that well for me at all.
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Without a GPU bottleneck you'd see massive improvements, especially in BFBC2. I'm not sure how much of a bottleneck your GTX 260 will be. Since you're waiting for Kepler, I suggest waiting for that and upgrading your board, RAM and CPU at the same time. You could also go all out and get a new graphics card or a second GTX 260 along with the 2500k.

To answer your question: yes, it is, but not without a great graphics card to back it up.
Edited by Goaky - 4/17/11 at 1:37pm
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It will be a huge upgrade. You can get a real nice combo(cpu/mb/ddr3 mem) with a cpu cooler for around $500.
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Without a GPU bottleneck you'd see massive improvements, especially in BFBC2. I'm not sure how much of a bottleneck your GTX 260 will be. Since you're waiting for Kepler, I suggest waiting for that and upgrading your board, RAM and CPU at the same time. You could also go all out and get a new graphics card or a second GTX 260 along with the 2500k.

To answer your question: yes, it is, but not without a great graphics card to back it up.
Agreed, if you want to wait for keplar and your GPU is holding you back then stick it out for now. Your GPU will be an issue with newer hardware anyway so why pay so much for an upgrade and gain so little, when you could have waited and got the same hardware for cheaper.

But I can't suggest a route to take as I don't know what your needs are exactly, what monitor(s) and res are you gaming at, whats your min FPS and what settings are you playing at? If dropping the settings for a month or two can saves you a decent amount of cash, why not wait?
But yea, give us more detail to better make a suggestion regarding waiting or upgrading now.
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post #7 of 13
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i play at 1600x900, BC2 dips into the low 30s at all high, while shogun 2 at medium dips into the 20s sometimes teens. However when thinking about it, I might as well wait until bulldozer comes out at the very least. I have also seen a 2500k processor with a MSI p67 mobo combo for 295$ after MIR, which tempted me to hard.
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post #8 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by sausageson View Post
my q6600 is OC to 3ghz and cannot go any higher without a better board and cooling, so thus I decided maybe I should just upgrade to a new cpu altogether. I play many cpu intensive games like BC2, Shogun 2, Arma 2 and some others. The build is also meant so I can run Bf3 at awesome settings when it comes out.
I had the same question myself...and ended up buying the i5 2500K. Was it worth it? Well, the review I did its on my sig


PS: depends on the VGA. High-end? Yes. Mid-end? Don't even bother...
PSS: in BC2 the difference is huge though.
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I'm torn, I want to tell you to wait, but Kepler seems like a late '11 early '12 release from what I just quickly looked up. That could feel like a long time since your current rig is struggling with current games already.
Perhaps just get a cheap 2nd hand GPU upgrade for now and hold off on building a new rig till later. With SB-E and BD right around the corner and the 7000 series and Kepler shortly after, its hard to say "Do it now!"
So yea, my suggestion would be to upgrade your GPU for the interim, and wait it out for great prices at least, even if you don't go with SB-E or BD, regular SB and PHII will drop significantly I bet.
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Well I thought Kepler comes out before November thats the only reason I am waiting for it, also doesn't Sandybridge E come out next year? This build is mainly for this year's games, as there many I look forward to playing.
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