This is a split board - You can return to the Split List for other boards.

Upgrade suggestions

#1OneshotgonePosted 10/25/2013 6:54:07 PM
I plan on buying some new parts to upgrade my computer, probably during Black Friday. My current set up is

AMD Pennom II 955 3.2 GHz

DDR 3 1333 2X2Gigs and 2X4Gigs, 12 gigs total

Radeon HD 6870 1GB

Corsair PSU 650W with support for crossfire/sli


I've been considering getting an i7 3770k with a water cooler and overclock it and get a better GPU later, or getting a cheaper processor and getting the GPU now. The main thing I do is game and based on reviews online I could just go with the i5 and save 100 dollars.

Also I havent tried overclocking my current processor, would it be a good idea to get a water cooler for that and overclock it, and spending my money on a much better gpu?
#2DiehardFFv2Posted 10/25/2013 6:56:34 PM
Unless you really do anything that warrants hyperthreading, the i5 will suit you just fine as the difference in gaming is negligible. Yes you'll have people claiming that the sky is falling for quad cores due to the new consoles, but it will be quite some time before they are irrelevant if the longevity of dual cores for gaming is any indication.
---
Intel i5 3570k | Sapphire r9 280x | 8GB DDR3 | 256GB SSD | 3TB HDD
#3VIP86Posted 10/25/2013 7:46:34 PM
If you are feeling like your processor isn't cutting it for you right now, get a closed loop liquid cooler and overclock. You can always reuse the water cooler in a later build.
---
i5-3570K| MAXIMUS V GENE| ASUS DCUII 670| CORSAIR XMS3 8GB| CORSAIR 350D| INTEL 520 180GB| CORSAIR H110i| CORSAIR AX750