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Old June 17, 2013, 09:14 AM
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Hello all,

well i have been out of the hardware loop for quite a while now that i am at school for the software side.

my specs are:
I5 -750 @ 3.2ghz
EVGA p55 FTW
8gb ram DDR3 corsair
600W PS
Mushkin 120gb SSD
1GB black caviar WD
Corsair H50 cooler.

Question is would u upgrade to Haswell or not?

if so what can i keep and what can't i keep

budget is around 500$

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Old June 17, 2013, 10:47 AM
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Keep it till you can afford more. IMO
Whats the PSU?
you could grab an i5 (either 3570k or 4670k and a z77 or z87 Board) but it really depends on what your using for.

If your compiling allot of code you could bump and see significant gains. you'll see marginal gains in games (depending on the game and how CPU intensive it is)
What GPU have you got?

Biggest question is what you use it for and how much of that do you do?
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Old June 17, 2013, 10:55 AM
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i dont compile much .... yet.

as far as GPU msi 570gtx OC and PSU is a OZC 600w

i could bump my budget a bit for the 4770k or 4670k.
not much OC on new board just need something good.
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Old June 17, 2013, 11:16 AM
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Do you foresee using VM of some sort? Ideally, I would get the cheapest i7 CPU with 16GB of RAM if you do any kind of serious development work. But with a budget of $500, you can barely pull it off, assuming you reuse 8GB of RAM instead. A MSI board (MSI H87M-G43) + i7-4770 (non K) is $452 before tax according to NCIX weekly specials. Are you using 2x4GB or 4x2GB for RAM? If it's the prior, you may be able to grab another 2x4GB kit and up it to 16GB total. The non-K Haswell got vt-d but if you going to use VirtualBox, it's moot as it doesn't support it as far as I know. For 4770K, add $30 before tax.

EDIT: saw what other had to say and I agree, see if your current rig will work first. People will start throwing out cheap Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge stuff out soon and you can just pick it up as a combo deal and save yourself money. Don't forget that Haswell is average +10% or so on Ivy Bridge so picking up an i7-3xxx used isn't bad.
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Old June 17, 2013, 11:59 AM
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So what is the rig for? gaming?

If so, you'd see a far bigger performance increase in getting a $500 GPU than a new cpu / board.. Not that I'm saying you need to..
Especially if your gaming at 1080 then there is no need to do anything.. I'd wait another gen or so before upgrading unless you need a serrious bump in CPU power.

I mean I'm considering upgrading myself BUT that is only for heat, Trim support and I have a large upgrade bug at the mo.


You'll probably want to change your PSU when you do eventually upgrade too.. If memory serves OCZ weren't very good PSU's a few years ago.. though I could have that backwards.. maybe look for a review of your model.
Either way I'd suggest changing to at least a gold rated PSU when you do upgrade to protect your investment.
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Old June 17, 2013, 01:16 PM
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tks for replies.

the PSU was a good one 5 years ago but its getting tired. for mem i have 4gb x2 and still have 2 slots left.

i think that the 570gtx OC version is still good for a while.

i think this is more of a upgrade itch that i have but if the improvement is only going to be 10-20% then not worth it.

upgrade PSU, add x2 SSD, new audio stuff would be a better investment so far.

current rig is fine just takes longer on compile but if i set it before bed then i wont see the difference.
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Old June 17, 2013, 02:28 PM
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I wouldn't bother, my i7 920 still kicks ass and takes names.
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I wouldn't bother, my i7 920 still kicks ass and takes names.
But his is a I5-750 with only 4C and no Hyperthreading. If he can find a i7-8xx for reasonable price, I think that may be a good idea.
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Don't buy anything new... not worth it for such a small upgrade. You can probably get some good used stuff :D Either way, can you describe how or why your current rig feels slow or unsatisfactory and what tasks you are hoping to improve by upgrading hardware? Changing processors won't give you a noticeable impact in compile times... unless you're making programs with 10k plus lines of code and tons of other features included.
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Old June 24, 2013, 11:33 AM
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I just upgraded from a very similar setup (i5 750 + Asus P7P55D-E PRO) to my current one i7 3770k + Asus MVF and am loving it.
I only went with the i7 because the hyperthreading helps with x264 video encoding, which is used when I livestream games on twitch TV.

If you need an i7, I would save another hundred bucks to or so to get an i7 3770k or i7 4770k

But if you just want to play some games, $500 will get you an i5 3570k + a good motherboard, like the GA-Z77X-UD3H no problem.

I felt no difference in performance from my upgrade on World of Warcraft, but I felt a huge one on Far Cry 3.
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