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    Default looking to upgrade - your advice/ideas?

    Iím looking to upgrade my system. I currently have a Q9550 (ocíd to 3.4) quadcore duo sitting in a GA-EP45-UDR3 Gigabyte mb with 8 gig of DDR2 ram and aEVGA GTX560TI powered by a 650 watt Antec power supply. I just installed aKingston Hyper X 240 Gb SSD and Iím running Win8. Overall the system is runningwell. Win8 is running BF3 better than Win7 ever did. Not only is it faster FPSwise but it also is smoother with no stuttering but like everyone else I wantto go faster. BF3 maintains 60 fps on a combination of medium-low settings.This computer is a dedicated gaming system so I donít care about anything else.<o:p></o:p>
    Ok, I have about $350US to upgrade my rig with. My three options are:<o:p></o:p>
    1. Upgrade the GPU to a GTX670.<o:p></o:p>
    2. Upgrade the CPU to an I3570k, new motherboardand ddr 3 ram.<o:p></o:p>
    3. Upgrade the CPU to an I2500k, new motherboardand ddr 3 ram (currently $50 cheaper than a 3570k).<o:p></o:p>
    My feeling is to go with option #3 as the performancedifference between 3570k and the 2500k is very small, PCI 3.0 offers nothingover PCI 2.0 and when this computer is running it is running very hard dothings like the onboard graphics donít mean much. Your thoughts?<o:p></o:p>
    Windows8 Pro 64 bit
    Antec EA650 Power Supply
    ASRock Z-77 Extreme 4
    I5 3570K
    8 gig of HyperX 1600 DDR3
    Kingston HyperX 3K 240 gig SSD
    ASUS DirectCU II TOP GTX 660
    Cooler Master Storm Scout case

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    Default Re: looking to upgrade - your advice/ideas?

    clock for clock the ivybridge is roughly 300mhz faster than the 2500k

    i would choose option 2,a z77 board,some cheap low profile 8gb/1600mhz dual channel ram and the gtx 670 or a 7950 if your an ati fan
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
    Intel i7 3770k 24/7@4.8ghz 1.38v Turbo llc +0.165v dvid multithreading enabled
    Samsung Green(MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB @2133mhz 9-10-10-21-1t 1.55v
    Thermalright Silver Arrow Cpu Cooler
    1xSamsung 840 pro 256 Gb SSD windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    1xSamsung f4 HD204UI 2tb hard drive Storage
    Powercolor 7970 3gb V3 @1150mhz core/1700mhz mem,1.150v Accelero aftermarket air cooler 55c max
    Razer Lycosa Keyboard
    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
    K-World Hybrid DVB-T 210SE Digital T.V Card
    L.G E2260V L.E.D 1920x1080 Monitor
    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
    Fractal Arc Midi Case

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    Default Re: looking to upgrade - your advice/ideas?

    Option #2 it is. On Saturday I purchased an ASRockExtreme 4 motherboard, I5 3570K processor and 8 gig of HyperX 1600 DDR3 ram.The video card will have to wait until my wallet (and wife!) recovers from thislatest assault. I most likely will wait until the next series of video cardscomes out before buying as my GTX560ti serves me well at this point. I decidedthat laying the ground work for the next video card was more important thangetting a new video card. This way the system will be able to max the card out insteadof the card waiting on the system.<o:p></o:p>
    I plan on trying toestablish a base line of what my current hardware is doing so I can quantifyany gains I get. I also plan on attacking the myth that overclocking the CPUdoesnít do any good in games.<o:p></o:p>
    Windows8 Pro 64 bit
    Antec EA650 Power Supply
    ASRock Z-77 Extreme 4
    I5 3570K
    8 gig of HyperX 1600 DDR3
    Kingston HyperX 3K 240 gig SSD
    ASUS DirectCU II TOP GTX 660
    Cooler Master Storm Scout case

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    Default Re: looking to upgrade - your advice/ideas?

    you can use lucid virtu mvp on some games,bf3 is one plus others

    lucid teams up the chips integrated graphics alongside your graphic card to boost game performance,it works quite well
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
    Intel i7 3770k 24/7@4.8ghz 1.38v Turbo llc +0.165v dvid multithreading enabled
    Samsung Green(MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB @2133mhz 9-10-10-21-1t 1.55v
    Thermalright Silver Arrow Cpu Cooler
    1xSamsung 840 pro 256 Gb SSD windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    1xSamsung f4 HD204UI 2tb hard drive Storage
    Powercolor 7970 3gb V3 @1150mhz core/1700mhz mem,1.150v Accelero aftermarket air cooler 55c max
    Razer Lycosa Keyboard
    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
    K-World Hybrid DVB-T 210SE Digital T.V Card
    L.G E2260V L.E.D 1920x1080 Monitor
    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
    Fractal Arc Midi Case

    http://i38.tinypic.com/14myvfa.jpg x58 ud5 <=3.8ghz + 4.2ghz Overclock Template!!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/warren304#p/u Visit Me On Youtube

    Lots Of Gaming Videos With X58 Ud5 System And Gpu On My Youtube Channel!!
    Just Uploaded New Battlefield 4 Video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: looking to upgrade - your advice/ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    you can use lucid virtu mvp on some games,bf3 is one plus others

    lucid teams up the chips integrated graphics alongside your graphic card to boost game performance,it works quite well
    I thought that the Virtu MVP wasn't working with BF3, others have reported major issues with running MVP with BF3. What version are you running?
    Windows8 Pro 64 bit
    Antec EA650 Power Supply
    ASRock Z-77 Extreme 4
    I5 3570K
    8 gig of HyperX 1600 DDR3
    Kingston HyperX 3K 240 gig SSD
    ASUS DirectCU II TOP GTX 660
    Cooler Master Storm Scout case

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