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Old 08-24-2012, 08:12 AM   #1
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Default Is it Worth the upgrade from i7 920 -> 3570k for these games I play?

Hello,

Here's the existing system:

i7 920 @ 3.6ghz DH14 HSF
12gb ram
680 GTX
27" @ 2560*1440
ssd's

Games I play religiously:

SC2 (80% of my time on this, pretty serious about competitive in this)
WoW
GW2 (when it comes out)
TERA

Games that are pretty much one and done:

Arkham city
Darksiders 2
Max Payne 3
Deus Ex: Revo
Skyrim
Witcher 2


I'm trying to justify the upgrade from the 920 to the 3570k. Things are already running pretty smoothly at that res with my current setup. Can anyone convince me to buy or not buy the new parts?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:17 AM   #2
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Since you overclock as you do, I would wait for Haswell in march.

Had it been a stock 920 I would say sure, but since its OCed I say wait.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:18 AM   #3
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Just dont buy, at 2560x1440 you are 99% GPU limited
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:55 AM   #4
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so even with a 680 i'm still limited by the gpu at that res? I wouldn't have thought of that! Thanks for the advice.
I guess unless i'm stepping up to a 39 series or something and mad oc'ing it, it's probably not worth it in the long run.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:05 AM   #5
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To find out, just OC the CPU to 4GHz (from 3.6GHz) and see if you will get any performance gains in games. If not, 99% you will not get anything upgrading to the 3570K.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:34 AM   #6
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I would have to say that based on the fact that you have overclocked the Intel® Core™ i7-920 to 3.6GHz that you wouldnt see much of a performance increase by moving to the Intel Core i5-3570K at this time.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:42 AM   #7
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Ok, you guys have convinced me not to get the 3570k. I'm gonna wait till the games that I play are no longer running at a convincing, comfortable fps with all the eye candy turned on!

You all just saved me a couple hunnerd bucks!

Thanks again!
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:14 AM   #8
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you still have a little bit of headroom on your 920. 1.35v should get you 4Ghz.
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:01 PM   #9
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You may notice a marginal improvement in a few games, but not enough to make it a worthwhile upgrade IMO.
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