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Windows 7: Is it time to buy a new CPU (or MB)?

28 Apr 2014   #1
pintree3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Is it time to buy a new CPU (or MB)?

I presently have an ''Intel Core i5-760'' CPU sitting on an ''ASUS P7P55D-E LX'' motherboard with 12G of RAM and an ''ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series VGA card'' I won't be able to afford a new computer for a year or two but I thought maybe I could afford to upgrade it some. From the little I understand, the specs of the new generation of my CPU show an interesting boost in performance and even reduced power usage so I was wondering if I should upgrade to it--from the Intel Core i5-760 to the i5-3350P?
Of course it wold be nice knowing if this would imply also having to get a new motherboard, if my present one isn't compatible, etc.
Why would I want a boost? Two reasons, really liking Photoshop CS6,to me the faster the better and also since some games prefer something better than what I have.
etc. Thank you




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28 Apr 2014   #2
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

overclock your current processor.
the latest haswell chips dont perform massively better than ivy bridge or sandy bridge and in some cases they dont perform as well.
mainly as their aimed at the mobile market.. laptops ect.

ivy bridge and sandy bridge both overclock much better than haswell and sandy bridge being the best of the bunch.

the only way youd see a sizable performance increase is if you were to get a multi thread core i7, a stock non hyper thread i7 wont again give vast performance gains, but with an extra 4 logical cores the hyperthread variants will give great gains in photoshop.

for gaming your current i5 is perfect.. you will see no performance gain changing your processor. quad core is fine and an i5 is more than powerful. youre bottle neck when gaming is your gpu.

basically your current setup is fine, more than fine infact.

treat yourself to an ssd and get a speed boost that way!!
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28 Apr 2014   #3
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Personally pintree as the specs are not THAT different and it means a new motherboard I would rather build a new machine altogether unless the case is ok I suppose.

Knowing my luck I would flip it all in and then find the PSU requires renewing or the RAM is not up to the job or even compatible.
Really depends on what you use the machine for like the wheel if it is not broken............

Anyway for your info these are the two processors for comparing if you open two tabs and paste each one the two you can flip between to se the differences.
ARK | Intel® Core? i5-760 Processor (8M Cache, 2.80 GHz)

ARK | Intel® Core? i5-3350P Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
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28 Apr 2014   #4
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Your GPU is the part to upgrade.
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28 Apr 2014   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Your GPU is the part to upgrade.
I'll second that the rest is like has been said best redone completely.
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28 Apr 2014   #6
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
the only way youd see a sizable performance increase is if you were to get a multi thread core i7, a stock non hyper thread i7 wont again give vast performance gains, but with an extra 4 logical cores the hyperthread variants will give great gains in photoshop.
Not sure I've ever seen a stock desktop i7 without HT. Desktop Intels are in general

i3 2C/4T
i5 4C/4T
i7 4C/8T

and a few i7 6C/12T

The gain from the extra 4 virtual cores is not as great as you might imagine. The virtual core is just using bits of the real cores that aren't in use, so you don't get the equivalent of 8 real cores. I did a Cinebench test recently using a i7-930 with HT off and on. The HT gain was around 26% - I was expecting more. CB is considered a good measure of performance for graphic dudes. See pic

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during the test all the cores are 100%. The cpu scores are directly proportional to how fast a complex 3D scene was rendered - higher is better

of course '8 cores' look cool in my desktop gadget


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28 Apr 2014   #7
Frozwire

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Your GPU is the part to upgrade.
I agree, better upgrade it to a Radeon R9 280 or 280X and the machine will still be more worth for gaming and Photoshop.
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28 Apr 2014   #8
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

What card would depend upon the PSU fitted and the available budget.
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28 Apr 2014   #9
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

All in all looks like a new build would be better than all this tossing around to be honest. For the cost of patching up what sounds like a reasonable machine one could get near a half decent build.
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28 Apr 2014   #10
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

True John, but if the budget for a new machine is out of reach a new GPU can really make a big difference when it comes to gaming. Even a 750ti at $150 or so would be a massive boost over the OP's current GPU. Stretch to a 760 to last a couple of years and the difference would be massive.

Again, all dependent on the PSU first...
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