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Is a 2600k really faster than my Phenom II X6?

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I recently got back into gaming about 2 years ago and you can see the rig I'm using below. I'm looking to upgrade, but I'm not sure if it's worth it and I could use your help. I was going to drop in a new CPU if AMD's Bulldozer was good, but Bulldozer turned out to be fail. I'm pretty frustrated with AMD overall and it seems like they will be behind for a while at least.

Anyway, I've read that Intel's 2500k/2600k are best for gaming right now. Here are my questions:
  1. What type of FPS improvement should I expect to see if I switch to a 2600k? I play games like Witcher 2, WoW, Crysis 2, NFS: Shift 2, GTA IV, Call of Duty: Black Ops, etc. Is it significant? I don't want to swap for a small increase.
  2. If I do switch, I need a P67 or Z68 motherboard, right? What is the difference? Any recommendations for the best motherboard to overclock with? I really don't need lots of SATA ports, USB3, etc.
  3. I've read that the 2600k is going to be roughly equivalent to the new SB-E chips for gaming because no games use 6 cores yet. Is that true? Are there other advantages for gaming from SB-E?

This system is primarily a gaming computer, but I also run Folding@home.

Thanks!
post #2 of 51
There'll be an increase in performance but nothing to justify the money you'll spend and the time it'll take for you to sell your AMD set up.

Overall, you probably wont even notice the performance difference. Your system is pretty beastly as it is.
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You wouldn't see much of an FPS increase unless your 480s are bottlenecked (which they aren't). If you're looking for an upgrade, it won't be worth it until Ivy Bridge comes out. The hassle/cost of upgrading to an 1155 setup would exceed the marginal benefit. But if you do decide to go 1155, Z68 supports SSD cacheing while the P67 does not. SB-E is obviously going to be a far more superior cpu when it comes to things such as video editing/workstation tasks, but gaming is always limited to how many cores/threads a specific game can fully utilize. So basically when it comes to gaming, it's still far more GPU dependent as long as your GPU's are not bottlenecked.

CL5 @ 1540 MHz?
Edited by revamper - 10/28/11 at 11:23pm
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Well I can't talk about the AMD stuff as I've never owned one. However, I can tell you that I'm getting 58-60 Frames/sec with my setup. My rig isnt all that special either so I have to attribute the good numbers to the hardware.
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i run most of the same games you got there and have yet to run into any issues so far my 1055t can chew up any game i toss at it and not scream for help. only using a 560ti but have yet to go lower than 42 fps in any of my games.

It comes down to this honestly your set up is more than fine for the games on the market right now. Upgrading right now is not the best move right now ivy is soon to be released so maybe after they drop and you can get a handle on the performance of them decide then. Or wait till Amd decides to give us a chip we want to use.
Edited by IrishV8 - 10/28/11 at 11:26pm
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While the FPS in gaming won't be dramatic, your PPD while folding will be much improved by going with the 2600k.

I did it, so I am speaking from xp.
Edited by gsa700 - 10/28/11 at 11:24pm
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post #7 of 51
If you can get a good price, maybe. I only jumped on the 2600k because of Micro Center's CPU+Mobo deal. Otherwise, don't do it. The 1055T is a great chip, and you have it at 4.05GHz.
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Oh forgot that's 58-60fps running Crysis 2 maximum performance.
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post #9 of 51
Definitely not worth it right now. Your system should be fine for a while yet. You might be missing out on maybe 5% performance gain if that, which is not enough to justify an upgrade at this point.
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You will be fine gaming on that rig.
    
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