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Yes,Worth the Upgrade 3 18.75%
Nope,Dont bother 11 68.75%
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Old May 10, 2010, 01:11 PM
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Hey guys,

Do you think this upgrade would be worth it?...cost would be 466.49

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Q6600 @ 3.5Ghz
Asus Silent knight 2 Cpu cooler
Asus P5Q SE P45
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Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
MSI P55-CD53 P55 Socket 1156 Gigabit Lan 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 (Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775 and AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 ) aluminum with nickel plated copper base Processor cooler
Asus Xonar D1 7.1 Soundcard - PCI Connection
I also have the following that id be re-using for the new build if it went ahead.

XFX HD 4890 XXX 1GB graphics card
Ocz StealthXStream 600W Power supply
Coolermaster 690 case

Id also consider getting a SSD drive at a later date.

So do you personally think its worth it?

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what does it do usually, in percentages like 80% gaming 20% watching informative videos on the net...
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if i were you, i would get the ssd first and then think if you NEED to upgrade... lol seriously..... i m not using the high-end ssd... and it is really really fast!! i m using ocz agility
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what does it do usually, in percentages like 80% gaming 20% watching informative videos on the net...
hmm,85 % gaming...15% Net,

My current setup handles anything i throw at it on high settings and still gives good results and frame rates but the hard drive is a major bottleneck!

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if i were you, i would get the ssd first and then think if you NEED to upgrade... lol seriously..... i m not using the high-end ssd... and it is really really fast!! i m using ocz agility
I did actualy consider just getting the SSD first and see what its like.
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Old May 11, 2010, 06:29 AM
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I'm gonna have to say no, you won't notice any performance gains with the new hardware compared to what you currently own. Unless you're heavy on editing, design or things alike the extra "few seconds" gain is not justifiable.
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I recently went from a Q6600 to Core i5 750. While I can get a slightly better overclock on the i5 over all there is no real performance benefit in the upgrade other than having some newer hardware. Just as a guideline I went from a 3DMark06 score of about 15k (OC'd 6600) to 18k with the new set up.

I agree with the suggestion of perhaps starting with a SSD. Although I don't have an SSD yet it's on my 'to buy' list. I am just waiting on prices to drop on the ~120GB/160GB models.
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Old May 11, 2010, 07:32 AM
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I should probably mention as well I have an old E6600 CPU overlocked at only 3.6Ghz on air. I've changed my hardware a couple of times onto newer components, did motherboard + i7 920 and honestly could not tell the difference. As Signal2Noise said, you will only really feel that you own newer hardware, and well your benchmark scores will be slighty higher. The biggest upgrade you could ever do to your PC is an SSD, the biggest performance gain you will notice on your system. Unless... you think like me that the current SSD drives are just too damn expensive and you are hoping they drop down big time in price by the time the fall hits. :p
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If you are dying for an upgrade, get a good 120GB SSD. Can be had for ~$300 Cdn.

CPU will hardly make any (if at all) difference in your case. The only reason I would upgrade is if you were doing some video editing, encoding, hardcore Photoshop, etc. where you wait a long time for renders and such.

The SSD will speed up boot imes greatly, and your programs will load faster. I went from a Q6600 (3.0GHZ) to a 3.6GHZ i7, and saw some difference in some situations (mostly folding at home). The SSD I put in there made the biggest difference in any upgrade I have done in years. For ease of use, I would pair up the SSD with Windows 7, and do a fresh install.
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go for a 5850 then. ssd maybe the 30 giger for xp/linux as its below 100 bucks
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