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Old i3 530 - Clarkdale - Upgrade

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Hey guys, I've been toying with the idea of either upgrading my 5850 g.card or my old ass i3 530. I think I've decided to wait on the G.card as 5850 is still pretty decent and the 8 series will likely come out soon.

Anywho, obviously I'll have to replace both my mobo and cpu with this upgrade -so I was wondering if you guys think its worth jumping straight to haswell or getting the previous gen at the moment? I know I'm going to likely see an astounding difference either way, so I thought I'd leave it to the experts.

P.S. I'm only likely to go prev. gen i3 or current gen i5 - nothing too heavy (on the wallet ;) )

Cheers in advance!
 
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Don't worry about idle temps, what about max temps? That's the important one to look at :p.

How much are you willing to spend? Since I would imagine it will cost ~£300 for a Haswell CPU + motherboard.
 
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Since I would imagine it will cost ~£300 for a Haswell CPU + motherboard

we can scrap that then - I was thinking more along the lines of £200 for an immediate purchase - £300 would require a bit of saving I reckon.

No idea on max temps - I'll have a bash at a game a bit later on and take a look.
 
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Maybe get an 1156 i5 on a popular auction site for cheaps, overclock it a bit, and just replace the GPU? :)
 
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OK guys, thanks for the ideas! I think I'll stalk auction sites for a while for a 750, and get an 8850 card whenever they show face. I'm glad to discover that I'm not too far behind the times after plodding along for 3 years :)
 
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I had an i3 540 and I swapped that out for an i5 760 which does 3.8Ghz easily and gives me much more performance than I need.

Absolute bargain considering the performance you get.

On air I have even taken mine upto 4.4Ghz for a 32M Super Pi run which matches a 2500K at 4.0Ghz.

So yeah an i5 750/760 or even an 870 will give you plenty of performance for very little money.

I run my i5 760 at 3.6Ghz/4.1Ghz with turbo boost giving me stock 2500K performance.
 
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My i7 860 which is basically an i5 750 but with hyperthreading still keeps up with games at 3.6GHz. I'm not upgrading just yet. It will be a nice upgrade from an i3 of that gen and really unlock whatever card yourend up getting!
 
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Looks like a good option also! Cheers, really surprised how little things have moved on, aside from efficiency. Thanks!
 
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