Which combo: i5-2320 + HD 7850 or i5-3450 + HD 6870?

By combatantdrip
Nov 14, 2012
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  1. Which combo should I choose bw:
    1. core i5 2320(3 ghz) and Sapphire HD 7850 1gb,or
    2.core i5 3450(3.1 ghz) and HIS HD 6870 iceQ X

    Prices are the same...it will be used for playing game ssuch as AC 3,Crysis 3 etc
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Why not the 3450 and 7850?
    Depends where you live but the 1GB 7850 is only slightly more than a 6870 which is an older generation and a bit overpriced nowadays.
  3. combatantdrip

    combatantdrip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 76

    Its bcoz 3450 and 7850 combo shoots the price by ~40$,its well beyond my budget
    so which one do you recommend??
    Also is it compatible with my Intel DH55TC mobo?
  4. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Your mobo is socket LGA1156, whereas the processors you've chosen use the newer generation 1155 socket. So if you wanted to upgrade the CPU you'd also have to get a new mobo. It's only 1 pin difference but unfortunately an i5 2xxx or 3xxx won't fit in your current mobo.

    It would be useful if you listed your complete PC spec, your max budget and where you're buying from, it might be that you don't need a CPU upgrade anyway.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +607

    $40 extra is well beyond your budget? Well, okay..
  6. combatantdrip

    combatantdrip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 76

    My complete PC spec-
    Cpu-core i3-530
    ram-4gb 1333 mhz
    Gpu-gt 240 1 gb
    Hdd-500 gb seagate
    mobo-intel dh55tc
    monitor-samsung 22" lcd
    psu-corsair 450 W


    I guess thats it...
    I live in India,so its hard to convert INR to $ as it hardly matches due to high import taxes...
    I will also upgarde my RAM to 8 gb!
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Keep your existing mobo/CPU and get the 7850. That GT 240 is weak and you should see a big improvement with a GPU upgrade.

    The i3 530 is a couple of generations old but it has 2 cores and 4 threads and is just about ok for gaming. Getting a new i5+mobo will cost quite a lot and you won't see much of an improvement.
  8. combatantdrip

    combatantdrip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 76

    Thanks,but recently I have seen my pc slowing down quite a lot,which may be due to the cpu
    And I hope to use the i5+mobo for the next 2 years,which will not be possible in case of my current cpu,which will eventually need upgrading
    so I am hoping to be future proof with i5+mobo
  9. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    CPU's don't degrade in performance over time, try defragging your hard drive and scan for viruses, those are much more likely reasons for your slowdown.
  10. combatantdrip

    combatantdrip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 76

    Ok,thanks....
    but before defragmenting I analyzed my hard disk..it showed that my C disk is only 1 % fragmented whereas the other 3 disks are 0% fragmented
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +607

    Clean your temp files and registry using Ccleaner.
     
  12. combatantdrip

    combatantdrip Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 76



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