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Question Is it worth to upgrade i5 3330 to Xeon E3-1270 v2?

ggadrian

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Hi, I have recently come back to PC gaming and I'm using an old computer I had an i5 3330 (4 cores / 4 threads, 3,0 Ghz base, 3,2 GHz turbo), 12GB of RAM which I have updated with a GTX 1650 super to hold until the new Ryzen CPUs and new GPUs are available so I can build a more modern rig (I guess end of this year or early next year)

Once I build the new computer this one will not go to the thrash, I plan to move it to my second residence, were I usually go on weekends so I can play now and then when I'm there

I feel like the CPU is the most limiting factor of my current computer, and I see i can upgrade to an E3-1270 v2 (4 cores / 8 threads, 3,5 GHz base, 3,9 GHz turbo) for about 70€ if I get one from eBay

Do you think it's a good upgrade or 70€ is too much for the performance increase?

Thanks!
 

Chicken76

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Honestly it doesn't make much sense to invest money in a socket 1155 based system. If you don't feel like buying new memory, look for a socket 1150 motherboard and i5 or i7 Haswell CPU. And even then, don't spend more than 120 Eur for the bundle. Consider that a Ryzen 3 3100 is below 100 Eur. That's a current-generation 4core-8thread CPU that on a 500-series motherboard has an upgrade path.
 

ggadrian

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Honestly it doesn't make much sense to invest money in a socket 1155 based system. If you don't feel like buying new memory, look for a socket 1150 motherboard and i5 or i7 Haswell CPU. And even then, don't spend more than 120 Eur for the bundle. Consider that a Ryzen 3 3100 is below 100 Eur. That's a current-generation 4core-8thread CPU that on a 500-series motherboard has an upgrade path.
For what I see, it's about double the cost co go the 1150 route, I don't think it's worth it. I've been looking and it's about 58€ for the e3 1270 v2 vs let's say 120€ for a 4770 plus motherboard. Do you think it's worth it?

Regarding moving to a Ryzen 3, I'm looking at at least around 300€ (itx board, cpu and ram). Since I don't need much more performance, I prefeer to save that money for my new main rig
 

eek2121

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Stick with what you have and save for a better system.

EDIT: A B450 motherboard and 16gb RAM can be found here in the US for around $170 USD.
 

DAPUNISHER

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You confirmed you have bios support for the Xeon correct? If so, I say go for it. unload the i5 for 10€ or whatever you can to reduce final cost. 4 extra threads, 700MHz higher boost, and more L3 will certainly make a noticeable difference where the i5 was struggling.
 

Jimzz

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Yea I lean toward upgrading as well. Its a decent upgrade and as said try to get a few bucks for your old chip.

Will buy you time till the end of the year when new chips come out and sales start up.
 

ggadrian

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Stick with what you have and save for a better system.

EDIT: A B450 motherboard and 16gb RAM can be found here in the US for around $170 USD.
I think in Europe it's a bit more expensive, I'd say that adding the CPU it'd be around 300€, 250€ if you find good deals

I'm already planning on building on a new system, I just want to keep using this one as well. Performance is good except for a few slight hiccups which I hope to solve, I'm comfortable playing at 40-60 FPS
 

Jimzz

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I think in Europe it's a bit more expensive, I'd say that adding the CPU it'd be around 300€, 250€ if you find good deals

I'm already planning on building on a new system, I just want to keep using this one as well. Performance is good except for a few slight hiccups which I hope to solve, I'm comfortable playing at 40-60 FPS

Yea if you said you were getting rid of it later then I would say not to upgrade. But since you plan to keep it and the cost is not to bad, its a good final upgrade.
I did something similar with my old Intel system. I got a 3770 and set the Bins to the highest setting it allowed. See if the board you have allows that. Most do and its a light but free extra performance boost. Its now my HTPC/Backup system and my Ryzen system is my main one.
 

Dapaho

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I think the OP's idea is to avoid potential cpu bottleneck with graphic cards like 1070 so he can play HD games on decent settings

1155 4c/8t platform will suit 90% of computer users

my analogy related to transportation:

...I'll compare 1270v2 xeon to VW Golf
... maybe OP doesn't need a Ferarri (...ryzen, i9,...?), but his current older VW Polo (i5) is too small or has somewhat weaker machine
 
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