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Hey everyone. I'm in a bit of a predicament. Bulldozer comes out at the end of the year/early next year, but I want to upgrade this summer for Witcher 2, Skyrim, Battlefield 3, etc.

So here's my plan. I was going to get an AM3+ motherboard and a cheap Phenom II X4 to play those games, and then upgrade to Bulldozer around Christmas or next year if/when they're cheaper.

How does that sound? I have a nice dual-core that's OC'd, but I feel like having a quad core will make a difference for those games.
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if you want to stick with AMD, that's a good plan I guess. The only problem I foresee is that nobody knows what performance bulldozer will bring. You are committing to a platform that might not even be competitive with the current Sandy Bridge processors that are already available. That would scare me too much.
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If I'm thinking right you will see very little performance boost with a quad core. I know Witcher 2 and Skyrim will only use 2 cores. I don't know about Battlefield 3.
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^^ This....that's why i am waiting to see how BD overclocks and what not, if it is on par with the SB performance i will get a BD if not...sad to say but i may very well convert
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If I'm thinking right you will see very little performance boost with a quad core. I know Witcher 2 and Skyrim will only use 2 cores. I don't know about Battlefield 3.
Pretty sure BF3 will use more then 2 cores given how much BC2 uses now.
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Excellent idea if you plan on sticking with amd. this way you can now invest on the absolute best am3+ board available now and save up to buy the bd cpu later. There are concerns about the performance of the bd chips, but its highly unlikely that they will disappoint you (AMD please dont make me eat my words ).
Finally, the general performance difference between an athlon x2 chip and a phenom 2 x4 chip is huge. Go get the 955/965 be now. I hear that they OC extremely well on the new 990fx boards.
    
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AMD has a whole new architecture for Bulldozer. If the delay they have is b/c they can't even reach competitive clock speeds with B0/B1 steppings, I feel very uneasy. I would love to see them come out and have great performance, but I switched after all AMD since K6-2 days, b/c they just haven't been competitive high end for awhile.
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Basically I'm thinking of doing this because it seems like a cheap way to upgrade for those games (i7 is too expensive) without having to go through another motherboard swap next year if I chose to upgrade again for other games.

There's also the chance that I don't upgrade next year, and try to ride out the Phenom II for a couple of years like my Intel E8400. Skyrim and BF3 should keep me busy for quite a while.
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Ivy bridge will be on 1155, you won't need to swap boards next year if you want to upgrade from SB to IB. There is the i5, which is a better gaming chip anyways when it comes to price vs performance.

I don't see anything wrong with your plan. Just keep in mind its a side grade. The E8400 in on par with the 555 Phenom II chips, in games that only use two cores you won't see any difference at all. This includes The Witcher 2 and Skyrim, and most other games since the market is still dominated by dual threaded games.

You would see a nice boost in games like Dirt3, Mafia II, and BF3 over a dual core however.
    
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Ivy bridge will be on 1155, you won't need to swap boards next year if you want to upgrade from SB to IB. There is the i5, which is a better gaming chip anyways when it comes to price vs performance.

I don't see anything wrong with your plan. Just keep in mind its a side grade. The E8400 in on par with the 555 Phenom II chips, in games that only use two cores you won't see any difference at all. This includes The Witcher 2 and Skyrim, and most other games since the market is still dominated by dual threaded games.

You would see a nice boost in games like Dirt3, Mafia II, and BF3 over a dual core however.
I was just about to ask about the i5's...I didn't know the next-gen chips would use the same sockets/mobos! That changes everything. I might as well get the unlocked i5 quad (better than the Phenom II's, right?) and stick with that for awhile before upgrading to Ivy Bridge.
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