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The title pretty much says it.

I know there are a ton of these threads now, but my situation is a little different.

I have the opportunity to sell my 1055T + 790X motherboard for $200 cash - no shipping, no fees, no nothing.

I can then turn around and buy a 2500K + P8P67 at MC for $317 after taxes.

So, I'll ask:

Would the upgrade from a 1055T @ 3.85GHz to a 2500K @ 4.4-4.5GHz be worth the ~$100?
 

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Yes.. definitely, if you play games as well you'll notice a good increase in performance as most games wont utilize all the 6 cores in your 1055t.
 

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not worth it. I think that the Sandy Bridge cpu's aren't worth it. Your limited by your mobo and cpu. If i were you i would keep the X6!
 

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If you were gonna do it I would go for a 2600k but thats just me. Bulldozer might do exactly what its name says and make intel go crying home to mommy too.... we will just have to wait and see
 
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Yes it's a definate upgrade, but that doesn't mean you have to. If you fancy a change go for it. I've thought about it, though it would cost me more as i'm on DDR2, and have decided (for now!) not to bother, as i've my had 1090T for 9 months now and i'm still really happy with it, which i couldn't say about my Phenom II X4 940.
 

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Yes.. definitely, if you play games as well you'll notice a good increase in performance as most games wont utilize all the 6 cores in your 1055t.
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not worth it. I think that the Sandy Bridge cpu's aren't worth it. Your limited by your mobo and cpu. If i were you i would keep the X6!
Unfortunately, I never use the 1055T to it's full potential. The most intensive non-gaming activities that I do are the occasional autocad and photoshop. I never edit movies or encode/decode and I don't see myself ever doing so in the near future.

The one thing that I primarily use my desktop for is gaming, so I feel like I should focus my CPU on gaming, which the 1055T is not so awesome at.

I mean, right now, I get 60-70FPS in BF:BC2 @ 1920x1080, All High, 4xMSAA, 16xAF, HBAO On.

But people out there with i7-950's at 4GHz with GTX470's can punish that. I just feel that pretty soon, my 1055T is going to be worthless with BD coming out... so if there is any time to upgrade for a reasonable cost, it's now.

Thanks for the input though guys! Much appreciated!
 

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SB architecture is far ahead of Phenom II architecture. We're talking 32nm, cooler than Nehalem, overclocks to unbelievable frequencies on air cooling, and is architecturally faster than Nehalem.

Of course Sandy Bridge crushes 1055T in that aspect.

But the real question is, is it worth the upgrade for YOU? Only you can say that. I'm still running an Phenom II X4, and have absolutely no need or incentive to upgrade. My CPU games great, unzips files quick, and does everything I want it to when I want it to. You have a 6 core CPU, so you're even better off than I am.

In conclusion, I wouldn't upgrade. The 1055T is an all around great CPU, runs cool, is fast, and will only get better with time, as more programs will start to really utilize all it's cores. Stick with what you have, the 1055T is more than enough right now, and you're better off waiting for BD or whatever CPU Intel is going to produce after SB.
 

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If you were gonna do it I would go for a 2600k but thats just me. Bulldozer might do exactly what its name says and make intel go crying home to mommy too.... we will just have to wait and see
I would go for a 2600K, but that would cost me a LOT more than $100 to upgrade. Right now, MC's bundles make a 2500K + P8P67 combo only $300. If I were to go for the 2600K, I'd pay $280 for a CPU and then $150+ for a mobo. That's not a financially responsible upgrade.
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wait for bulldozer and THEN decide
I would love to do this and I always tell myself that is what I'll do because I am content with my system right now, however, once BD drops, X6's will plummet in value.
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Yes it's a definate upgrade, but that doesn't mean you have to. If you fancy a change go for it. I've thought about it, though it would cost me more as i'm on DDR2, and have decided (for now!) not to bother, as i've my had 1090T for 9 months now and i'm still really happy with it, which i couldn't say about my Phenom II X4 940.
Yea, your situation is a bit different. I already have 8GB of DDR3-1600 ready to rock in a new mobo. It is literally a $115 swap for me. Obviously I'd also have to reinstall windows and rebuild my loop too... so that does factor in.

I, too, am happy with my X6. But I also know that it's going to be worth a lot less in April when BD hits the market.
 

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For the price I say yes. And since we will have to upgrade our MoBo's for Bulldozer anyways, I say why not. Im thinking of doing it.
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I would love to do this and I always tell myself that is what I'll do because I am content with my system right now, however, once BD drops, X6's will plummet in value.
And this. Very true.
 
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Wait.

No worries mate, on of the best AMD CPUs will keep you going till bulldozer and way past that.

But I'd say wait for BD and then decide. Unless by then you want to wait for Ivy.
 

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I'm making the jump to a 2600k after this upcoming weekend, basically just because I want to. That said, I'm probably going to be keeping my 1055T rig so it's going to cost me quite a bit more.

The i7s are faster clock for clock, and they commonly hit higher frequencies. The only thing the 1055T really has going for it in comparison is that it has six slower cores in comparison to the four faster cores of the i7. Which will put it close to the i7 in some benchmarks depending on the clock speeds and the particular benchmark used.
 

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It is literally a $115 swap for me.
See, that's what goes through the mind of a crazed computer geek when new hardware is just within his reach. He then starts frantically trying to find the cheapest way to upgrade, while simultaneously vigorously reads reviews and drools over the benchmarks that are in the favor of his desired hardware.

You have to realize something. 115 dollars isn't just pocket change. You need to spend your money wisely.

At this point, if you are absolutely ITCHING to buy new hardware and see some performance increases, buy a solid state disk with that 115 dollars. You'll see a much more significant increase in performance than you would if you made the transition to SB.
 

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I'm making the jump to a 2600k after this upcoming weekend, basically just because I want to. That said, I'm probably going to be keeping my 1055T rig so it's going to cost me quite a bit more.

The i7s are faster clock for clock, and they commonly hit higher frequencies. The only thing the 1055T really has going for it in comparison is that it has six slower cores in comparison to the four faster cores of the i7. Which will put it close to the i7 in some benchmarks depending on the clock speeds and the particular benchmark used.
I concur. And the only benchmarks that the 1055T comes close to the i7 in are benches for stuff that I never do (rendering, encoding, etc.).

I've always thought that I would hold out on another upgrade until I could get an Intel 6 core or something with "more cores" than my X6, but I'm realizing that more cores definitely doesn't equate to better performance and for right now and the next 2-3 years, quad cores are still going to be ahead of the curve.
 

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See, that's what goes through the mind of a crazed computer geek when new hardware is just within his reach. He then starts frantically trying to find the cheapest way to upgrade, while simultaneously vigorously reads reviews and drools over the benchmarks that are in the favor of his desired hardware.

You have to realize something. 115 dollars isn't just pocket change. You need to spend your money wisely.

At this point, if you are absolutely ITCHING to buy new hardware and see some performance increases, but a solid state disk with that 115 dollars. You'll see a much more significant increase in performance than you would if you made the transition to SB.
No room for sense talking here. Trying to make irrational, impulsive decisions here.
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Do it!!!
 

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See, that's what goes through the mind of a crazed computer geek when new hardware is just within his reach. He then starts frantically trying to find the cheapest way to upgrade, while simultaneously vigorously reads reviews and drools over the benchmarks that are in the favor of his desired hardware.

You have to realize something. 115 dollars isn't just pocket change. You need to spend your money wisely.

At this point, if you are absolutely ITCHING to buy new hardware and see some performance increases, buy a solid state disk with that 115 dollars. You'll see a much more significant increase in performance than you would if you made the transition to SB.
I understand what you are saying, and I do want to buy an SSD, however, I was going to wait until I could get at least a 120GB SSD for $1/GB.

In addition, I don't have an SSD now that I would need to sell in order to upgrade to a new one, so I don't have to worry about depreciation.

My 1055T goes down in value the second BD comes out, so it will be a much more expensive upgrade.

I hear you though. And I'll probably be sticking with my 1055T just because it's difficult to justify the upgrade if it costs ANY more than $0 since my machine does everything I ask it to right now.

It's part of the rush of getting new parts and overclocking new stuff... you just get caught up in it
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I just pulled the trigger on a 2500K, ASRock mobo and Noctua D14 from Newegg.

I got a fair price out of my 1055T setup and this upgrade is costing me close to nothing.

I only game and surf the web. That...and I really like playing with my computer stuff...and this new processor is too tempting to let it set.
 

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See, that's what goes through the mind of a crazed computer geek when new hardware is just within his reach. He then starts frantically trying to find the cheapest way to upgrade, while simultaneously vigorously reads reviews and drools over the benchmarks that are in the favor of his desired hardware.

You have to realize something. 115 dollars isn't just pocket change. You need to spend your money wisely.

At this point, if you are absolutely ITCHING to buy new hardware and see some performance increases, buy a solid state disk with that 115 dollars. You'll see a much more significant increase in performance than you would if you made the transition to SB.
+1

Especially the SSD. No it doesn't make games faster but the general user experience is so much faster. I really notice when i access my HDD's after just using the SSD/windows partition.
 
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