is i7 960 still good..?

MomoMemo

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i want to know if my cpu still good for gaming..?
is there a big difference if i upgrade to newer i5 like i5 3470..?

can it make cards like 780 ti work will..? and in full power..?
 

InvalidError

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Upgrading to an i5-4670/4690 would give you 40-50% better performance in games heavily dependent on single-threaded performance. An i5-3470 would only be 20-30% better.

As for whether your i7-960 would manage to keep pace with a 780, that would depend on the game, resolution, detail settings, etc.

If you are making plans to get a 780Ti and are seeking advice on whether or not to upgrade the CPU/MoMo(/RAM) at the same time, I would say upgrade the GPU first and if you do not get as much of a boost as you expected due to CPU bottleneck, upgrade the rest since you were planning to if necessary anyway.

This way, if the GPU-only upgrade makes you happy for a while longer, it might tide you over to Broadwell or Skylake which should be bigger upgrades CPU-wise for a similar amount of money.
 
yes its still good and yes it will handle the 780ti.
performance hasnt increased that much over the last 4 years about 25%-30% per thread and most of that came because they run at faster speeds, so overclocking your i7 should bring you pretty close to a current i5/i7 as far as per thread performance goes.
3.6 should be doable with stock volts on your cpu and that would pretty much bring it inline with something like an i7 2600k which has room to spare to handle 2 titans.
 

InvalidError

Titan
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Upgrading to an i5-4670/4690 would give you 40-50% better performance in games heavily dependent on single-threaded performance. An i5-3470 would only be 20-30% better.

As for whether your i7-960 would manage to keep pace with a 780, that would depend on the game, resolution, detail settings, etc.

If you are making plans to get a 780Ti and are seeking advice on whether or not to upgrade the CPU/MoMo(/RAM) at the same time, I would say upgrade the GPU first and if you do not get as much of a boost as you expected due to CPU bottleneck, upgrade the rest since you were planning to if necessary anyway.

This way, if the GPU-only upgrade makes you happy for a while longer, it might tide you over to Broadwell or Skylake which should be bigger upgrades CPU-wise for a similar amount of money.
 

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