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Windows 7: CPU Upgrade I need advice.

08 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64- bit
 
 
CPU Upgrade I need advice.

I'm looking to upgrade my CPU. I use my PC mainly for gaming.
Thanks!

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08 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

What motherboard are you planning to use?
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08 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

We're going to need a lot more info in order to give any kind of useful results. Are you planning to upgrade just the CPU? If so, you will be very limited, and would be wasting money. If you want to upgrade to a new CPU and motherboard, what did you have in mind?
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08 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64- bit
 
 

I was looking to just upgrade my cpu, but, if you think it's not worthwhile what would you suggest?
I'm clueless.
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08 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'd suggest moving to the 1155 socket, and then picking the processor that best fits your needs and budget. Your current socket has been phased out.
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08 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64- bit
 
 

Okay which one?
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08 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I would say if you're looking for any worthwhile upgrade, forget the processor and go GPU. To this day I don't get everyone's infatuation with CPU's being the heart of systems, ESPECIALLY for gaming. Throw a single-core Celeron or an i7 3960X paired with the same GPU and watch that framerate... do nothing. Now throw even a step-up GPU in there and you instantly get a marginal, noticeable performance increase. Plus the PCIe standard is awesome because eeeeeverything's compatible with it, unlike CPU sockets being changed every year (I'm sure to help play on the fact that everyone still thinks the CPU does everything, even though that hasn't been the case for over a decade with most tasks users carry out).

Anyway, sorry for the rant but I'd definitely go ahead and grab yourself a new graphics card haha. The 5870's quite a capable card, but if you're just looking for more screaming performance it'll be worth it to go with a 7xxx series or- since you've got an Intel setup anyway- I'd grab a GTX 670 or 680 (depending on your budget). Your CPU is pretty high-end anyway man, no need for a big upgrade there.
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08 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xXSevenXx View Post
Okay which one?
That's up to you. There are hundreds of quality socket 1155 motherboards out there. Pick one from a reputable brand (I recommend Gigabyte, Asus, or Intel) that fits your needs and budget. Then pick the fastest processor that fits your needs and budget.

Or, as mentioned above, just focus on the graphics card for now, which can be moved to a new system down the road as well.
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08 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64- bit
 
 

Okay I will go down that route and upgrade my GPU.
I was told that if I buy an SSD, to put my game just on that drive?
Which SSD is good?
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08 Aug 2012   #10

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Intel and samsung are both good choices.
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