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Windows 7: Is an upgrade worth it?


02 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is an upgrade worth it?

I am thinking about upgrading to an Asus P8p67 core i7 2600 (circa €400) is it really worth it? I am not interested in overclocking and am wondering if I would be better off improving what I have, ie new Graphic card HD 6870, doubling my Ram and an SSD for my laptop.
All opinions welcome


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02 May 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I'd say it isn't worth it.

But I'd guess you have upgrade-itis and MUST DO SOMETHING.

So I'd go ahead and get the SSD and maybe the video card.

But I wouldn't upgrade the processor or RAM.
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02 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Go with the SSD for the laptop, they are a great upgrade an will give you an overall speed boost, but unless you are doing something pretty demanding with your machine, what you have is more than enough.
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02 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Line up a buyer for your old proc and mobo and it can be worth it.
Ideally though, a better video card will help you out more than the 2600 setup, since you will still have a 5770 after the upgrade.
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03 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I'd say it isn't worth it.

But I'd guess you have upgrade-itis and MUST DO SOMETHING.

So I'd go ahead and get the SSD and maybe the video card.

But I wouldn't upgrade the processor or RAM.
You have hit the nail on the head lol I dearly want the new processor, no other reason, but then again the laptop is maybe more important to me. I had a SSD in there already, but gave it up to my daughter as her laptop was really slow and now I miss it


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Commodore Pet View Post
Go with the SSD for the laptop, they are a great upgrade an will give you an overall speed boost, but unless you are doing something pretty demanding with your machine, what you have is more than enough.
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Line up a buyer for your old proc and mobo and it can be worth it.
Ideally though, a better video card will help you out more than the 2600 setup, since you will still have a 5770 after the upgrade.
Also true and as I only get about one shot a this each year. I normally end up giving my old builds away to family and friends so selling it is not really an option.

Thanks for the answers I think I already knew this, but temptation is great lol
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03 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Pre
 
 

Another View on this topic, while im here.

I had a i7 920 C0 and 6 gig of ram. And too everyone amazement I (now wait for it) DOWN graded, I was with AMD since 10 years ago and fancied a intel so I did that (I got the i7), I also had Nvidia for some time too and fancied AMD's ATI's HD4800 card but I had run out of cash and could no longer afford the GFX card I wanted, so I looked at the PC and thought Hold on I'm not using the POWER thats in this butie and sold the MB CPU and MEM in one hit and had enough too get the Items I have now inc the HD4870. Now once it was all installed (XP) i really didn't notice that huge amount of Change.

I guess my point is, What you use it for, will it be faster (prob not) The only upgrade I want now is a SSD for my Tower and thats about it. Its a nice system and Runs all games I play and any newer ones, Yes I know FPS will be better but I can only see what I see, I will never see 3 million frames in a second, lol...
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10 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If instead of upgrading my graphic card I was to get a second HD 5770 and run it in Crossfire would this be a better option than getting a HD 6870? which option would give me a better bang for my buck? (performance and running costs)
At the moment I am running an Asus Radeon HD 5770 would Crossfire work OK if the second card was a Power Color HD 5770 or do the cards need to be identical?
Again I appreciate all input as this is new ground for me.
TIA
Brian
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10 May 2011   #8

 
 

as long as it's a 5770 regardless of manufacter it will work, that being said i'd probably go for the identical card...purely for how it would look in the case and a smidge of idle cautiousness regarding compatability.

but the 6870 will wipe the floor with them anyway as a single card it's far better, but for an extra £20 or 25 euro you could source a 6950 2gb which is just mmmmmmmm

if i was you i'd take it in stages, you already have the i7 and mobo/ram so you can afford to take your time upgrading looking for the best deals as you'll always have a working system so your in a prime place to really focus on what will work.
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10 May 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gazz9496 View Post
as long as it's a 5770 regardless of manufacter it will work, that being said i'd probably go for the identical card...purely for how it would look in the case and a smidge of idle cautiousness regarding compatability.

but the 6870 will wipe the floor with them anyway as a single card it's far better, but for an extra £20 or 25 euro you could source a 6950 2gb which is just mmmmmmmm

if i was you i'd take it in stages, you already have the i7 and mobo/ram so you can afford to take your time upgrading looking for the best deals as you'll always have a working system so your in a prime place to really focus on what will work.
Thank you Gazz,
The 6950 is €65 more here at €225 a bit more than I wanted to give out but it is still worth a thought.
Once a year when I get my tax refund is when I get to think of ME!! and upgrade my PC or do anything else that I need to do, it is a sort of a second birthday and almost a tradition lol
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11 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok I went out today and got some bits. The SSD is now fitted and running in my lappy
I bought the HD 6870 as I decided after looking at a few reviews that the 6950 just wasn't worth the extra
Lastly I got more RAM I realise that it isn't really necessary but I am working on the idea that when I eventually do upgrade that I have then enough RAM to split between two PC's lol Maybe it is just upgrade-itis
So far I am very pleased with what I have got and after a few teething problems my system is back up and running again
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