Ivy bridge question

Vos17

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I have a q9550 Core 2 quad OC'D to 3.4ghz,
i been considering upgrading to a new processor and have been following the new
Ivy bridge processors that just released. My question more or less would i see a gigantic
improvement over what i have now?

I have the above processor i mentioned,
and a Nvidia GTX 680

I won't mention any other parts because if i do upgrade, well i would
be getting a new mobo and ram as well.

Just wantin to see opinions on whether or not it is a worthy upgrade,
Mostly because i am already running games at their highest settings (except one)
which is namely witcher 2 lol (battlefield 3 i can tho, weird)

p.s. I mainly play games and love to run them at highest settings XD
 

willzzz

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If you are happy with your current frame rates, then don't worry. I would suspect you can go higher since you already have a great graphics card, but a quite old CPU. But if you are happy with current performance why bother?
 

Vos17

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Its more of wanting to have a good build for future titles coming out. I know currently my pc can demolish most games i have, but i know that won't be true for future titles.

Right now currently, im pretty sure i can wait and save up.

really more curious about how much better the new processors are versus my
core 2 quad (quite old... lol)

In processor dependant games i can already see a reduction in performance
 

licktheenvelope

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Don't know much about AMD processors but I agree with willzzz.

I have a GTX680 with a i7 3770k... but I was upgrading from a 1.86 Ghz Intel duel Core... 5 years old. if you can run everything fine now you should be good until the Haswell processors next year which will likely see better improvements.
 

InvalidError

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I wouldn't worry too much about that until you actually hit a brick wall with that hypothetical future game since the market may change quite a bit by then. CPUs have hit a per-core performance plateau that hasn't changed much over the past six years and progress in game threading is slow so C2Q should remain viable for a while longer since games are stuck within those constraints.

Unless you are doing things that are bogging your C2Q down more than you'd like, I'd wait.
 

josejones

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Hey Vos17, Ivy would obviously give a performance increase but, the 1155 socket will stop you from any CPU upgrades in the future. If you can hold out one year until Haswell - at least that 1150 socket would allow for a CPU upgrade for the next CPU at 14nm.
 

InvalidError

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I personally never got to the point of wanting to upgrade a CPU within its socket market life. Since the OP is still using a C2Q and skilled two generations of i3/5/7 sockets already, he would probably end up skipping the whole LGA1150 product cycle if he upgraded to LGA1155.