Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip
Im not sure if you already knew this or not but just to clarify to OP if he does get the cpu/mobo/ram combo he doesnt need to buy windows again. He can use the same key he is using for 32bit windows as he would for 64bit. He would just need to get a hold of a 64bit windows 7 disk that matches is version (pro/home premium/Ultimate). The windows key doesnt care whether its 64bit or 32.
That being said, I still recommend getting a 7870 for the biggest improvement for your dollar. But, you should still upgrade to 64bit since the 7870 is 2gb and you have 4gb of ram which would equal 6gb total and 32bit can only address a total of 4gb.
Well, yeah. Sorry if I was confusing. I still think that, even though it may not yield the most noticeable improvements, a fresh platform is the best decision. I guess that's up to him.
Originally Posted by PontiacGTX
u r intel fanboy right? I´m too but you dont know that most of bench arent updated w/ lastest patches AND benching 2500k vs FX 8150 on linux ,FX 81250 won by miles
Oh, for chrissake. I knew someone would make this an "Intel fanboy" thing. No, I'm not a fanboy. As soon as AMD gives me reason to recommend their CPUs, I will happily recommend them.
By the way, you're completely wrong about the the patch. Bulldozer improvement is in the <5% when it comes to gaming with both patches applied to Windows 7 (sources: here
, and here
As for the Linux quip, sure; the 8150 is good competition against a (much cheaper) 2500k (in Linux). But this is only because Linux programs (mostly open-source) are generally well-coded to be multi-threaded, which fully takes advantage of the 8 cores. However, the question arises: Who cares? The OP never mentioned anything about Linux. No one games on Linux.
Go Intel. And let's please keep the strong AMD-Intel opinions down so this thread doesn't go straight down the crapper.