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    Hi all after a bit of advice. I currently have the following setup amd fx8150 (amd water cooler) 16gb ram asus m5a88-v evo motherboard asus gtx770 750gb ssd. And am thinking of upgrading to an i7 setup with i7 4770k asus sabertooth Z87 motherboard. & and new cross air water cooler which might cost around £380. If i sell my motherboard processor and cooler I am guessing I might get around £100 back.

    I would obviously reuse graphics card memory and ssd.

    Question is am I likely to see much performance gain for occasional gaming and cad graphics work ? I am on my pc between 10-18 hours a day as I work from home.

    Any advice appreciated

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    Stick a pentium 4 in it, boom!

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    sparkyIreland

    Stick a pentium 4 in it, boom!



    So helpful, you should get a job at the jobcentre :-)

    Pentium 3 then, boom!. What you wanna do is get 6 pentium 3's and fuse them into a sextuplet of pentium 3's. Overclock the Sextuplet, water birth them and add the graphic card from an Amiga 2600, you'll have a rig capable of running Donkey Kong.

    I'm sure if a managerial position in a job centre came up I'd most likely have to refuse as they couldn't afford me. Or I'd be terribly, terribly drunk

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    sparkyIreland

    Pentium 3 then, boom!. What you wanna do is get 6 pentium 3's and fuse … Pentium 3 then, boom!. What you wanna do is get 6 pentium 3's and fuse them into a sextuplet of pentium 3's. Overclock the Sextuplet, water birth them and add the graphic card from an Amiga 2600, you'll have a rig capable of running Donkey Kong.I'm sure if a managerial position in a job centre came up I'd most likely have to refuse as they couldn't afford me. Or I'd be terribly, terribly drunk



    I was thinking more of a hands on job in the jobcentre, like sweeping up all the garbage you are able to talk.

    sparkyIreland

    Pentium 3 then, boom!. What you wanna do is get 6 pentium 3's and fuse … Pentium 3 then, boom!. What you wanna do is get 6 pentium 3's and fuse them into a sextuplet of pentium 3's. Overclock the Sextuplet, water birth them and add the graphic card from an Amiga 2600, you'll have a rig capable of running Donkey Kong.I'm sure if a managerial position in a job centre came up I'd most likely have to refuse as they couldn't afford me. Or I'd be terribly, terribly drunk

    hahaa!

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    dcx_badass

    Does your software benefit from hyperthreading? Otherwise there is no … Does your software benefit from hyperthreading? Otherwise there is no advantage over an I5, also I'd go Z97 motherboard as they're the same or cheaper than the Z87 counterparts.



    No I don't think it does, just thought for the extra £50 for a i7 it might be a bit more future proof.

    If I was spending up to 18 hours a day on my system my first port of call would probably be spending money on improving my monitor. As for upgrading, apart from your room being cooler in the summer and winter you won't see massive improvements.

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD

    If I was spending up to 18 hours a day on my system my first port of call … If I was spending up to 18 hours a day on my system my first port of call would probably be spending money on improving my monitor. As for upgrading, apart from your room being cooler in the summer and winter you won't see massive improvements.



    Monitor is fine, 27" phillips LED. Cooler in summer helps tho =) although it would be cheaper to be a fan ! thanks
    Edited by: "htfc06" 11th Jul 2014

    htfc06

    I was thinking more of a hands on job in the jobcentre, like sweeping up … I was thinking more of a hands on job in the jobcentre, like sweeping up all the garbage you are able to talk.



    You hurt my feels, really bad

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    sparkyIreland

    You hurt my feels, really bad



    lol

    htfc06

    Monitor is fine, 27" phillips LED. Cooler in summer helps tho =) although … Monitor is fine, 27" phillips LED. Cooler in summer helps tho =) although it would be cheaper to be a fan ! thanks



    Go and try out a LG 34UM95 and then come back and tell me its fine.

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD

    Go and try out a LG 34UM95 and then come back and tell me its fine.



    Wow thats a beast !! £800 notes tho........ is it likely to drop around the £300 mark > ? lol

    What CAD software are you using? Are you sure it does not support multi thread processors?

    Check it out because CAD software can take advantage of what the i7 processors offer over the i5. Also either will be an improvement on your current setup.

    Gaming wise, in loads of games you should see an improvement with either processor over your current rig.

    But certainly do some research into what CAD software you are using and see if it supports multi threaded processors, if it does then the i7 will be a sure fire way to go.

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    NEtech

    What CAD software are you using? Are you sure it does not support multi … What CAD software are you using? Are you sure it does not support multi thread processors?Check it out because CAD software can take advantage of what the i7 processors offer over the i5. Also either will be an improvement on your current setup.Gaming wise, in loads of games you should see an improvement with either processor over your current rig.But certainly do some research into what CAD software you are using and see if it supports multi threaded processors, if it does then the i7 will be a sure fire way to go.



    Thanks for the info I will look into it.

    I might just go for an i7 anyway.

    If you can afford it then why not.

    However just to point out, the i5 can handle all games at very good rates and in real terms there will not be much difference to the naked eye between the i5 and i7 at stock.

    So, the deal breaker here is dependant on the other software you use as rendering and design can really put strain on a processor, so the i7's hyper-threading will come into it's own if the software supports it and you will see a massive difference.

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    NEtech

    If you can afford it then why not. ;)However just to point out, the i5 … If you can afford it then why not. ;)However just to point out, the i5 can handle all games at very good rates and in real terms there will not be much difference to the naked eye between the i5 and i7 at stock.So, the deal breaker here is dependant on the other software you use as rendering and design can really put strain on a processor, so the i7's hyper-threading will come into it's own if the software supports it and you will see a massive difference.



    Will future games support hyper threading ? it appears my CAD package doesnt.

    Doubt games will support ht in the near future. Pc games still tend to just use a single core which is why Intel dominate at present. Their architecture is much more efficient at single core computing (I think because amd shares memory between separate hardware cores and Intel doesn't). If cad doesn't utilise ht then the difference is negligible. If you're "future - proofing" get a k which you can overclock if and when stock is too slow for you. Difference between 5k and 7k is more than 50 notes though. The newest gen 4s are out now 4590k is what I got (for a song from Amazon 168+5 p+p but was last one so not shared here) arrived next day...

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    Myt go 4 i5 then :-) am I allowed to ask what my existing motherboard water cooler and processor might be worth before I list 4 sale ?
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