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I currently play games at 1440p maxed with a GTX 680 but i notice frame-rate drops and i know its not the 680.. its my AMD Phenom 2 1045T My CPU is too slow to keep so what would be a worthy upgrade and not just a waste of money for 3 more frames a second.

Going to an AMD FX 8 Core CPU (Rumors are that this CPU is double the performance of my current CPU!)

or

Going to an Intel 2700k type CPU ( I hear rumors that the 2700K is an insanely drastic improvement to AMD CPUs in general, can anyone confirm this?)

In total I hope not to spend more than $400 on either upgrade

P.S. Please be honest, no fanboy type answers! thumb.gif
post #2 of 68
Well at 2.8Ghz it surely is the issue lol
Yea the 2700k is a good CPU, it's in a league of its own, it wont be an issue for you.
You can try to play with the FSB on your CPU to try and atleast soften the bottleneck, it'll make a huge difference.

An i5 is already capable of feeding the GTX680 with no issues.
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Well at 2.8Ghz it surely is the issue lol
Yea the 2700k is a good CPU, it's in a league of its own, it wont be an issue for you.
You can try to play with the FSB on your CPU to try and atleast soften the bottleneck, it'll make a huge difference.
An i5 is already capable of feeding the GTX680 with no issues.

True.

Its better you get an i5 3570k. The i7 will not have a huge advantage on an i5 in terms of gaming. Its better to get an i5 and a good cooler and overclock.
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True.
Its better you get an i5 3570k. The i7 will not have a huge advantage on an i5 in terms of gaming. Its better to get an i5 and a good cooler and overclock.

Oh yea I forgot to mention this...
OP if you gonna run them at stock like you did with the Phenom, I would strongly recommend you to go with IB, clock for clock it's faster than SB.
The stock clocks are:
i5 3570k @ 3.4Ghz vs i5 2500k @ 3.3Ghz

For gaming HT won't be adding anything, in some cases people have had to disable it to get smoother framerates.
Like the above poster said, get an i5 3570k and a decent aftermarket cooler, if you don't overclock it atleast you'll keep it cool.
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i5 3570k gets my vote. Maybe grab that or a used i5 2500k. You can always grab something used until Haswell
 
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post #6 of 68
i5 3570k and a Gigabyte GD65 is what I Would recommend. Should be a really nice improvement from what you have. Or if you can wait a little, Haswell is going to come out kinda soon(3/4 months?)
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dont spend your money on anything but a good aftermarket cooler. overclock that x6 and be amazed. seriously though, why arent you overclocking it ? youve got a great board. there is NO reason to upgrade when you arent getting even half the performance your current chip and board can give you. you spent all the money you did on an x6 and a 'top of the line' mobo and yet you run it at stock? and you complain it doesnt give you the performance you expect ? not very many people are unhappy with a thuban and asus 990x gaming wise. that 1045t has more than enough balls to let that 680 stretch its legs.
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I currently play games at 1440p maxed with a GTX 680 but i notice frame-rate drops and i know its not the 680.. its my AMD Phenom 2 1045T My CPU is too slow to keep so what would be a worthy upgrade and not just a waste of money for 3 more frames a second.
Going to an AMD FX 8 Core CPU (Rumors are that this CPU is double the performance of my current CPU!)
or
Going to an Intel 2700k type CPU ( I hear rumors that the 2700K is an insanely drastic improvement to AMD CPUs in general, can anyone confirm this?)
In total I hope not to spend more than $400 on either upgrade
P.S. Please be honest, no fanboy type answers! thumb.gif



Why not overclocking?

Your CPU with a overclocking like 3,5 Ghz, very easy and 100 % affordable, not talking about 4Ghz or more, surely it will be enough
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Originally Posted by jcrew3002 View Post

I currently play games at 1440p maxed with a GTX 680 but i notice frame-rate drops and i know its not the 680.. its my AMD Phenom 2 1045T My CPU is too slow to keep so what would be a worthy upgrade and not just a waste of money for 3 more frames a second.
Going to an AMD FX 8 Core CPU (Rumors are that this CPU is double the performance of my current CPU!)
or
Going to an Intel 2700k type CPU ( I hear rumors that the 2700K is an insanely drastic improvement to AMD CPUs in general, can anyone confirm this?)
In total I hope not to spend more than $400 on either upgrade
P.S. Please be honest, no fanboy type answers! thumb.gif

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I'd get a new Piledriver based FX-8350 or FX-8320, as then you don't have to upgrade your motherboard. You just might need a BIOS update:
http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=3891

Then get at least 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM as some games can eat up a lot of RAM. Intel has some nice chips but Piledrver is pretty competitive and would make for the easiest upgrade. It looks like you might be near a Micro Center. This could influence your dicision, as I am sure you know you can get some great combo deals. You can get $50 off Z77 boards and here are the AMD combos:
http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx?rd=1

Intel is generally better with gaming but when res and settings are cranked to the max the difference probably won't be too great.
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