Question about upgrading processor

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  1. BowlOfSpiders
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    BowlOfSpiders hi

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    I am thinking about upgrading from my i3-540 1156 to an i5-2500k 1155. To do so, I would need to buy a new motherboard to support the socket. I was wondering if the actual performance of my build will go up or down? I use my desktop for hosting servers, video processing, heavy gaming, and a few other things.
     
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    it'll go up of course, not only Sandy Bridge (SB) does more IPC (instructions per cycle) but it's also clocked faster and is a quad (your i3 is just a dual core with htt).

    SB also introduces Quick sync witch is a h264 hardware encoder, it transcode video about twice as fast as a gtx 460 (if the software you use support quick sync)
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/9
    it won't really impact gaming, as games are gpu bottlenecked, though it might help in two years.
     
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    BowlOfSpiders hi

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    Thanks for the help, Marcus.
     
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    I believe having a stronger CPU will help immensely for servers, which do not use the GPU at all. But games are GPU based and video editing/rendering is mostly GPU based.

    Don't forget that the 2500K is unlocked so over clocking it (which is fairly easy) can push performance by another 20% for CPU based tasks.