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is my computer really an "antique?"?

Author : The Masked Photographer

Submitted : 2017-10-20 22:40:00    Popularity:     

Tags: computer  quot  antique  

a friend of mine, who upgrades his computer more often than i upgrade my underwear, said my Dell XPS 8500 with an i7 3770 cpu and 16 gigs of ram is, and i quote, "ready for the glue factory" Other than the occasional Windows 10 fart bug, my com

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He is a idiot! The best person to know if it is to old is you, if it works for you then it is fine. Your friend is just trying to make himself feel better for wasting his cash. I still use a dual core works fine for me!

Yes

Not even close to being an antique, that i7 3770 is from around 2012 like my fx-8350 and is still powerful enough to run the latest games and software that is if you have a good GPU to go with it. I'd say what would be more like an antique is my Toshiba laptop that I fixed up that was made back in 1998 and has a 266mhz Pentium processor with 96 mbs of ram, 4 GB hard drive and runs Windows 98 second edition. Still works like a charm however I'd be too outdated to be able to use Facebook or Youtube, but I can do basic tasks on it like check the weather and new and do Office tasks using Office 97 as well as vintage DOS gaming, but thats about it.

No, even if you were an avid gamer, your CPU is not bad at all. In actual fact, there really hasn't been much increase in performance in the last 5 years, maybe even a few years more. 16GB of RAM is more than plenty, especially for games. The only thing missing for games is a good graphics card, and you can add that into your PC any time you want. But since you say you don't game, you don't even really need the graphics card either. So you got a system that still more than capable.

Yes

The Core i7-3770 is still plenty powerful. The only reason to upgrade from a 3770 is because you're running a special program that needs as much processing power as possible, and the 3770 is taking too long.

On eBay, The Core i5 3770 goes for more than a new lower end processor like a Core i3-7100 or an AMD Ryzen 3.

For what youre doing, you could get by with the Core i5-2500, lol.

During the last 6 years CPU processing power hasn't made any great leaps in performance, aside from more cores. A Core i7-7700k is about 20% to 35% faster than the Core i7-3770k but that's mainly because it has a higher clock speed. You wouldn't notice a difference between the 2. Even most gamers wouldn't notice a difference either, unless they had an ultra high end graphics card and they were playing on a monitor with a high refresh rate.

His claim of having the best of the best is from his enthusiast Point of View, and he probably doesn't know how to match a CPU to a task. There are also people out there who are obsessed with multi-core processors and they can find silly reasons to recommend them to gamers or grannies. Yeah, I love newer and faster parts too but my question is, what could you possibly upgrade to that would give you a significant performance boost in the tasks you regularly perform? There is nothing.

When the Core ix series came out in 2008, Intel shifted it's focus from high performance desktop processors to making laptops lighter and more portable. Now, many of the controllers that used to be in the motherboard are now in the CPU, which has done a lot to make laptops thinner. The other factor here is the process nodes have become tougher to shrink. Intel was able to shrink the dies every 2 years but now they cant and they have abandoned the Tick-Tock upgrade path. In theory, the 10nm processors should have come out last year but you will likely see those next year. Advancements in processor technology have gotten slow, and that's why you don't have to upgrade every 4 years like you used to.

Intel has now shifted it's focus to servers and they did this last year. If anything, you will see processors with a higher core count become cheaper. You probably don't need to worry about upgrading until a quad-core processor becomes totally obsolete.

Also, the products Intel has to offer could be better than what they are. The x299 parts aren't a good choice for the novice or someone who doesn't know how to keep a system properly cooled, and the Core i7-7700k really isn't suited for someone who doesn't have a good CPU cooler or knows to watch CPU temps and voltages.

Your "friend" is what is called a "gear snob". You find this in all fields, not just computers. They look for some way to put down your gear because theirs is newer or faster or shinier or a "better color" or whatever they need to find better to make themselves feel better. Cars, cameras, guns, shoes... just about any category will have such people.

Ignore them. If the computer works for you, that is all that matters.

That CPU is still plenty fast. It's cores are still faster than AMD's fastest CPU.
It's not as good at multi-core processing as AMD's CPU is, but few people even need 4 cores still...

Take a look at the benchmarks:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu...
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu...

and what are you using for a graphics card? sure, the old i7 3770 is ok as a cpu ... as long as you aren't a gamer. But it's not much as a graphics device

Your computer sounds OK to me. I would save the money.



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