Originally Posted by Phoenixlight
Yeah I've seen the power consumption ;( but I don't think it would be that high while playing Dawn of War 2: Retribution for example. I've got little-no interest in overclocking or cross-firing my HD6870 but I would like Civilization V and the Total War series of games to run smoother than they currently do with my 965, don't think the 1090T would make much difference.
I have been doing a lot of power related reading, the 8150 probably tested worse in that review i linked, i found some as low as 490watts in comparisson to the one i linked. Just keep in mind clock for clock the 8150 is slower then phenom 2, if the game you are playing cant support more cores than 4 your not going to see an increase. There is a review on the 8150 for gaming vs 2500k on hardocp and FX8150 just was way behind, but that was 580 sli and tri sli. Seems like on one gpu they are all similar.
If you go with the 1090 which if you dont overclock your right, probably wont see a change, your 965 i think is 3.4ghz and the 1090 while gaming would stick to 3.2ghz i think, im going by memory. If you overclock the 1090 seems to hit 4Ghz EASILY, i got my 1100 (1090 same) to 4244 and at that clock you would see a difference.
Considering with your motherboard you wouldnt be able to overclock with a 1090 the value in sticking with amd is kinda lost since you need a new mobo and 1090 as the cheapest alternative, that said microcenter has the i5 2500k fot $180 and from what intel guys have told me $150-180 is a good intel board for overclocking, even if you dont right away the intel stock would be faster than bulldozer.
If you root for the underdog get the 8120 and a good cpu cooler