Question I5 2500k to i7 3770k worth it? (in 2021)

jotasoares

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Basically my pc is from 2012, I've been rocking the i5 2500k @4.5ghz with no issues. For this socket 1155 I can stick a 3rd gen cpu
There are deals for the i7 3770k for around 100 (used obvsl)
Would this make a noticeable difference? Or should I just save up for a big upgrade further down the road?
Thanks in advance!
 
Hi jotasoares.

It's not worth it. Especially at around 100 dollars used. For 100 dollars you can get a 6 Cores 12 threads Ryzen 3600 CPU or an Intel CPU like a 10400 for even cheaper.

Save your money and when you have enough to buy a new board, RAM and CPU go for a more modern platform like the latest one or the generation before.

You won't see enough difference between a 4 Cores 4 Threads 2500k to a 3770K 4 Cores 8 threads. Too old and the 3770K is around 5% faster.
 

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Well, I got a 3770K and I regret it, because it's nowhere near as good at OCing as my 2500K was. I could easily run 4.6GHz on my 2500K, but the 3770K is crashing at 4.2GHz.

If you can really get a 3600 for 100 bucks get it, but I don't know where people live, because the 3600 Ryzen's I'm looking at are well over 200 bucks here, then I would need a mobo and RAM, which would add up to over 500 bucks.

I pretty much had a lot of bad luck when I was trying to upgrade my 2500K, you can look at my other threads, I ended up having to buy a new mobo because bios flash didn't work out on my Z68 and in the end spent 170€ to basically get a slower chip with more threads. No mans sky stutters are gone yeah, but I suspect other games will run worse due to lower clock speeds...

If I could undo my mistake I'd go for a 60€ 2600K, they are soldered, so no need for delid because paste isn't drier than a stoners mouth and from what I've seen they generally overclock higher.
Unless you're already on a bios that supports 3rd gen, make sure you check that, if not, I hope you have better luck than me when flashing it.

TL;DR: 2600K>3770K, if new CPU's are expensive where you live like they are for me, go for it, if you can really get 3600 for 100 bucks, the 3600 is a no brainer.
 

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Basically my pc is from 2012, I've been rocking the i5 2500k @4.5ghz with no issues. For this socket 1155 I can stick a 3rd gen cpu
There are deals for the i7 3770k for around 100 (used obvsl)
Would this make a noticeable difference? Or should I just save up for a big upgrade further down the road?
Thanks in advance!
It's a step up you can read the reviews and see if it's worth 100 bucks for the step.
Make sure your mobo supports the new cpu.
 
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If you can really get a 3600 for 100 bucks get it, but I don't know where people live, because the 3600 Ryzen's I'm looking at are well over 200 bucks here, then I would need a mobo and RAM, which would add up to over 500 bucks.
Depends from country though. Around me new Ryzen 5 3600 at today cost 200€ (3600X - 245€) and I can't find 3xxx CPUs in secondary market here at all. However I agree about that people who want to play decent games with at least 60 FPS, should not invest in 8+ years old CPUs and motherboards anymore. In final having Ryzen 3600+ will turn into better value.
 
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Jumpingmonkey2

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Depends from country though. Around me new Ryzen 5 3600 at today cost 200€ (3600X - 245€) and I can't find 3xxx CPUs in secondary market here at all. However I agree about that people who want to play decent games with at least 60 FPS, should not invest in 8+ years old CPUs and motherboards anymore. In final having Ryzen 3600+ will turn into better value.
Here the 3600 costs 240€, but the 10600X costs 220€
So for gaming I think 10600X is a no brainer when comparing these two. If decent cooling is present of course.
 
Basically my pc is from 2012, I've been rocking the i5 2500k @4.5ghz with no issues. For this socket 1155 I can stick a 3rd gen cpu
There are deals for the i7 3770k for around 100 (used obvsl)
Would this make a noticeable difference? Or should I just save up for a big upgrade further down the road?
Thanks in advance!
It really depends on your use case. You have good single thread performance with your current oc setup, but if you're lacking cores, an i7 might help out with the hyperthreading.
 
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jotasoares Why not split the difference in price: For $50 USD you could purchase a non-overclockable version of that core i7-3770K, falling just 100 Mhz short of the base / turbo (3.5 / 3.9) frequencies. And yes, for $50 this upgrade is indeed worth it. If your current core i5 CPU were stock, then this Xeon E3-1240 would be about 50% higher multicore score.

Ebay query: xeon e3-1240 v2
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l2632&_nkw=xeon+e3-1240+v2&_sacat=175673&LH_TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=Xeon+E3-1240+v2&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1

Socket 1155 cpu list
https://www.cpu-world.com/Sockets/Socket 1155 (LGA1155).html
 
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Karadjgne

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1. Depends on the deal. If it's a good price, and you xan justify the expense, go for it.

2. Silicon lottery plays a huge role in the value of the cpu after purchase. For instance I could get my 3770k to 5.0GHz @ 1.42v, but for daily use, ran it at 4.9GHz @ 1.32v. But that also requires a decent mobo and psu. I could only get 4.6GHz out of my Asus p8 Z77 LE, but could hit 5.0GHz on my MSI Mpower (same thing as Asus ROG Hero basically)

3. Depends on usage. Pushing gtaV at higher fps, or any BF from 4+, Skyrim heavily modded, WoW, Witcher 3, AC series etc can all benefit from 5-8 thread use cpus. CSGO and Rocket League, not so much.

4. Regardless of what the nay-sayers claim, at the end of the day, it's your call. If you think the expense is justified, maybe get a year or three more life out of the platform, then that's not realistically much more than the price of a new game or two over that time period. Ppl spend $5 at Starbucks every day for a week, and thats $100 for a month. $150 for Nikes that are toast after a couple of years...

Only you can really put the price to value.
 
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