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Upgrade I-5 2400 to i7-3770?
12-29-2012, 06:57 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-29-2012, 07:02 PM by herbivore.)
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Upgrade I-5 2400 to i7-3770?
I'm going to be reinstalling my OS to recover from a system crash.

As long as I have to go through that hassle, I have tentatively decided to upgrade my Windows 7 Professional 32 bit to Windows 8 64 bit, and memory from 4 gigs to 16 gigs. (Comments welcome....)

Given my desire to upgrade from 32 bits to 64 bits (to enable the memory upgrade) and considering Microsoft's introductory discounts, Windows 8 makes the most sense for me. The alternative would be to buy Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, which would cost three or four times more than the Windows 8 upgrade.

My most demanding programs are first and third-person shooters at high graphics settings and 1920 x 1080 resolution.

I intend to upgrade again in two or three years so I'm not stuck with the decision made today.

The reason I'm considering upgrading the processor is that games like Oblivion, Skyrim, and MassEffect 2 occasionally hesitate and stutter for a fraction of a second up to several seconds, as if the processor and memory aren't quite keeping up with the video, even though frame rates are usually acceptable.

My system includes an AS Rock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 motherboard with an LGA 1155 socket, an NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX 1226 MB video card, an 850 Watt BGW power supply, a Sandisk 60 GB boot disk, and the usual assortment of miscellaneous disks and peripherals.

The question is whether I should upgrade my I-5 2400 processor to an i7-3770. I can afford it, and the raw speed index is nearly double, but I don't know whether I'd notice $220 worth of improvement, given the rest of my system.

Herb

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12-29-2012, 07:35 PM,
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RE: Upgrade I-5 2400 to i7-3770?
You won't need Hyper-Threading for most games, if not all. Get an i5-3570K, or non K. A 3550 will also work. Just be sure to upgrade the BIOS in the Z68 to support Ivy Bridge.
I think the CPU is the least likely problem. The GPU needs to be upgraded.
And yes, you should get more memory.
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12-29-2012, 08:25 PM,
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RE: Upgrade I-5 2400 to i7-3770?
(12-29-2012, 07:35 PM)ricky07652 Wrote: You won't need Hyper-Threading for most games, if not all. Get an i5-3570K, or non K. A 3550 will also work. Just be sure to upgrade the BIOS in the Z68 to support Ivy Bridge.
I think the CPU is the least likely problem. The GPU needs to be upgraded.
And yes, you should get more memory.



Thanks! I'll look those processors up.

I know the NVIDIA 9800 isn't as good as the latest, but for me, it's good enough to produce acceptable framerates on the games I've been enjoying.

On the other hand, a newer and better GPU wouldn't cost that much.

So if I understand correctly, your advice is to upgrade the memory, but after that, replacing the old GPU would be more beneficial than replacing the CPU, and then maybe the CPU after that.

Okay. Appreciate your help. I'll think that over.

Herb
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12-30-2012, 12:39 AM,
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RE: Upgrade I-5 2400 to i7-3770?
Video games performance depends more on the GPU than the processor or RAM, so that's the very first thing that I'd upgrade, considering how outdated a 9800 is. Especially considering that you're playing at 1920 x 1080!

After that I'd consider upgrading to 8 or preferably 16GB of RAM.

A CPU upgrade will make very little difference in performance coming from an i5-2400.
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12-30-2012, 04:05 AM,
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RE: Upgrade I-5 2400 to i7-3770?
(12-30-2012, 12:39 AM)MathieuB Wrote: Video games performance depends more on the GPU than the processor or RAM, so that's the very first thing that I'd upgrade, considering how outdated a 9800 is. Especially considering that you're playing at 1920 x 1080!

After that I'd consider upgrading to 8 or preferably 16GB of RAM.

A CPU upgrade will make very little difference in performance coming from an i5-2400.



Thanks for the personal reply. I'm always surprised and pleased to hear from the Master himself.

I've relied on your advice for my second and third computer builds (I needed your advice for my first computer, but I hadn't connected with your site back then), and a fourth computer I helped my daughter with. All of them are working well, and I've never had any reason to second-guess your advice.

Herb
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