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thanks a lot for this detailed guide. i know my current cpu falls below the When do I upgrade CPU / GPU?. i think it is close though.
I currently have this;
Intel SSD 520
Considering upgrading from the Q9650 to i5 3570k, of course this would be with new ram and an asrock z77, and I can keep the GTX 470 & Intel SSD. it would not cost me that much, and the Q9650 is reselling quite well on ebay. But, is it really worth it?
Just tempted due to marginal testing on the MoP beta, and want a strong box in September. Granted this is beta and flooded with corpses in some areas etc, but still just curious. Seeing low fps around folks and wondering if it is worth it to update my system.
Worth it or hold out for next year's Haswell?
Edited by Strac on 8/3/2012 2:53 PM PDT
Well, if you "hold out" for something better in PC world, you'll wait forever as there'll always be something better just around the corner.
That said, for games like WoW, cities / raid FPS will improve noticeably with i5-3570k over Q9650. You may have to reinstall Windows -- I recommend you do, fresh start, fresh state, maximum performance.
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