Change to I7 or simply upgrade GPU

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spawnkiller
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Hi body, just wanna see what your thinkin about changing my Q6600 (OC @ 4.05Ghz) to a I7 "Ivy bridge" with my GTX560 or simply stay with the Q6600 and update my GTX560 to a single GTX670 or a GTX680

PS: I'm on a 600-700$ budget

I7 build spec: MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LE 180$
CPU: I7 3770K 380$
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz 16GB kit (4X4GB) 9-9-9-24 90$
Total: 650$

ASUS GTX680DCII TOP: 580$
EVGA GTX670SC: 465$

PS: I Mainly use this computer for Gaming and Video/Photo rendering and it's 24/7 usage so rendering time not to important cause i render mainly in the night...

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Go with I7 upgrade

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go with gpu ivy bridge is just a smaller version of sandy bridge

if you want a cpu upgrade wait till the next gen of intell cpus

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Q6600 @ 4GHz would not be a bottleneck for a GTX 670.
If you use your PC mostly for gaming, upgrade your GPU. If for other tasks, upgrade CPU&MBO.

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Think it will have a little bottleneck cause i already have one with my gtx560...

ex: in dirt2 i get an average of 100fps but my min fps is like 55-60 everything at max (1920X1080) but my friend with a I5 in the same game, same exact ASUS card and same resolution/details but his card runs @ 940 Core and 1150 for mem (mine's @ 950 core and 1150 Mem) get mainly 120-130 fps and that's the point: 80-90 Minimum fps so 20-30fps more only from the CPU...

also my CPU usage is 90 to 100% with little spike sometimes like stuttering but it keeps the 60fps range...

That's why i'm not sure about the new GPU or the I7 upgrade however i don't see that in all games so maybe it's just a CPU intensive game and in the other there's no difference...

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i would spent $400 on a cpu upgrade then $300 on the (upcoming) gtx 660

i5 $200

$150 mobo

ram$50

OR $550 on a cpu/mobo upgrade and $150 on another 560 (will basically be a 580)

i7 2600k $280

any mobo $200

8/16gb RAM $70

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Yeah... is there really a big difference in performance in game between i5 and i7 (basically the Hyper Threading really add performance ??) or not too much like 10% or 50% ??

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there isn't really much of a difference, except in games that use it like bf3, but in 80% of games no

i have a i7 because i run a lot of things in the background

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and that difference worth it ??

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not really

now that i think of it if i bought in in store with both in my hand i would've gotten the i5

but my system over all has less load compared to a i5

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if you have the money though it would make the system more "future proof"

it would out last a i5 in performance

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Ok thanks, will check some games that i play for comparison in bench but if there's only 5-10 fps more i think i'll go with the i5...

david179057
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ALSO i highly recommend if you get the i5 get a ssd

they are amazing

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i5 2500k vs i7 2600k: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=287
i7 2600K has a 100MHz higher clock, 2MB of L3 cache memory more & hyperthreading.

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I have a Q6600 and for the most part there is not much that pushes it %100. BF3 is perhaps the first game that I've seen some limitation issues, but I feel that has more to do with my GPU and HDD file loading transfers to memory. The last i5 I built for family was not much better in performance than my overclocked Q6600, but go figure they are both quads. The last i7 system I built for an Art Professional was a noticeable boost, but only in the way that it could handle more things all at once. If it was me I'd go with the i7 because I would play games and do other things all at the same time. One of the nice things about DDR3 is that you can get alot of it for cheap. Now I just need the prices for SSD's in the 1TB range to drop down to $100. :)

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ok thanks for your comments guys, i'll stay with my Q6600 for now and store my money for my future computer... i'll buy a 670 for now and surely go with SLI next autumn with a I7 build ;)

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thanks alot Rodney ;) i have listen to some guys here and your video clarify a lot my mind...

So i'll go buy a gtx670 and maybe add another when i'll change my Base cause a C2Q @ 4.05 is enough for 1 card but for SLI, no longer sure of that with the new generation of card ;)