I have come to you to help me decide if I should use some of my scholarship money to upgrade my i3-540 to a modern i5.
My CPU still runs, and I have grown to love this little bugger after all these years together.
i3 hangs up for 10-15 minutes in occasional heavy tasks (more coffee breaks).
Bottlenecks my GPU in games.
Building is fun.
Aprox. double performance on i5.
Takes me 30min to get to campus with free workstations.
STEM student, need proper computer.
I'm a poor STEM student.
Campus has proper workstations.
i3 is still not dead.
Clarkdale is a cute name.
Oh, and local store has a really good offer on i5s.
Also, this thing is the first computer I built. It has outlasted all of its predecessors because it has no resale value and doesn't take up any space thanks to being mITX.
Fuck I love this thing.
Now tell me, should I replace it or spend the cash on booze instead?
uuuhm, no? the cooler mounts are mechanically the same.
If you were referring to the shit that intel puts in the box then ofc I wont be using that, I have a 212 evo with dual noctua fans.
I wasn't asking for any form of tech support. I was asking for emotional support in the matter of replacing my best friend with a newer model.
From a tech perspective there is no doubt here. The i5 is superior in every way and the price is too good to pass.
The idea of replacing the possession that I have been using almost every day for the last 6 years brings tears to my eyes.
Having a relationship like this to my CPU is probably unhealthy, but it's probably the closest thing I can get to friendship or love.
Tfw I'm a fucking finance student
Tfw I have rigs better than faggot stem majors
I got to the stage of entering my credit card details, and I'm not sure I'm ready to replace her.
It has survived lightning strikes, had a motherboard melt away due to a faulty CPU cooler, lived in cardboard boxes and run for years with a freaky mix of totally incompatible parts and still posts every single time.
Fuck off bro. My mental immaturity and instability is my own fucking problem.
It's just classic STEM bullshit of "look at me, I'm a STEM major!! I am all about technology but I have to ask a group of people whether or not I want to do something, btw I'm a STEM major! Don't forget to like and subscribe"
Finance master race :^)
If you havent already, i recomend overclocking.
Like, anything over 100Mhz makes it too unstable to function. 100Mhz makes some games act up a bit. FSB is linked to just about everything else, so overclocking is simply impossible.
Never ever ever buy a Intel brand motherboard. They know CPUs, but this mobo is shit.
Yeah, this. As long as you dont touch the voltage it'll be fine.
Also some guy got 4.7ghz on his i5 650 using a shitty biostar h55+
Also what country?
If you're in aus you can get an i7 860 for around 25 dollars iirc.
Alternative option: Move to a Haswell i3 (4170?). You'll get a huge performance improvement and won't bottleneck games (unless your GPU is in 980 territory). Then, when prices of unlocked Haswell i5s and i7s come down, you can go for one without needing to replace the motherboard again.
I honestly wouldn't upgrade now. I'd rather buy an SSD and try to live like this for 12-18 months, when Zen and Kaby are supposed to go out. You'll be able to use the already bought ssd and switch to ddr4 or grab a skylake/haswell/hw refresh cheaper than they are now. But hey, if CPU power is precisely what you need, go for it.
How much for a new mobo?
You can get some p55 and h55 ones from china for under 60 usd, but I'm sure you can find better and cheaper used ones. Or if you do wantnto upgrade look on the used market. My friend got a great deal on an i5 2400, 4gb ram, and mobo for 120 aud. He upgraded from a q8200 so it was a pretty big upgrade for him.