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should I upgrade from an amd 8150 to a intel 3770k?

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current specs
cpu: amd 8150 4.6ghz NB 2600mhz HT 2600mhz
graphics card: gtx580 lightning 930mhz
ram: 16gb 1866mhz
psu: 850w
motherboard: 990fx sabertooth
case: coolermaster haf-x

With my current set up in many games my cpu heavily bottlenecks my gpu (looking at gpu usage) and often has a noticeable effect. I use my set up to play games and do some rendering (also trying to get into photo editing). It is also getting really tiring seeing all these new games and software coming out that doesn't utilize all of my cpus current resources. I am going off to college this fall so If i do upgrade it would be something that will last me a few years. Would it be worthwhile to get a 3770k with a asrock extreme6 motherboard? This would cost me almost $500.

I want some opinions on whether or not it is worth it, if there is a better motherboard choice that isn't anymore expensive, or if I should just wait for intel's haswell.
post #2 of 16
This should be of some help. I'd say it depends on what games you play, and how much it bottlenecks those.

Haswell is focused more on power savings than performance increases, so it would be a small bump over an ivy bridge processor if you waited.
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FX 8150 @ 4.6GHz should be more then enough for you. If anything wait for Haswell (micro-architecture) Core i7 4770K.
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FX 8150 @ 4.6GHz should be more then enough for you. If anything wait for Haswell (micro-architecture) Core i7 4770K.

Sadly it doesn't seem to be enough. StarCraft 2 only uses 40% of my GPU. Fps drops are expected in large battles. This also goes for other games too.
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Sadly it doesn't seem to be enough. StarCraft 2 only uses 40% of my GPU. Fps drops are expected in large battles. This also goes for other games too.

In SC2 AMD FX will not do that good since the game only uses 2 cores.
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post #6 of 16
Upgrade to an FX-8320 or -8350. Vishera is more than enough for gaming and trades blows with the highly touted i5-3570K in the great majority of games that aren't CPU dependent.
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The Piledriver architecture is a significant improvement over Bulldozer, and it consumes less power too smile.gif instead of spending money on a new motherboard and CPU, just grab an FX-8350. I did, and they are phenomenal for streaming, editing, and gaming! I really hate it when people think since Its AMD, it has to be terrible. I still recommend going with the FX from personal experience smile.gif
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post #8 of 16
I had a 8120 at 4.5 before and nowhere near what this 3770k can do I would say its a huge upgrade
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The Piledriver architecture is a significant improvement over Bulldozer, and it consumes less power too smile.gif instead of spending money on a new motherboard and CPU, just grab an FX-8350. I did, and they are phenomenal for streaming, editing, and gaming! I really hate it when people think since Its AMD, it has to be terrible. I still recommend going with the FX from personal experience smile.gif

Now don't get me wrong I love amd. I had a phenom ii which was great. I upgraded to the 8150 which was great in rendering (twice as fast as the phenom ii) but it just seems to suffer in just about everything else. Even when I overclocked it to 4.6ghz it didn't increase performance that much. I got a bigger performance increase from raising the NB and HT speeds to 2600mhz (as far as it will go). However the cpu seems to struggle with a lot of software and games. Although bulldozer architecture wasn't that great I place a lot of the blame on companies not trying to support multiple threads. I am just tried of seeing my system struggle in a game and get 30-45 fps where my friend with a similar system and a i7 2600k is getting over 80fps.
post #10 of 16
If you live near a Micro Center the 3770K can be had for the price of the 3570K online
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