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Okay. This question has been asked millions of time but I figured I would go over what my primary usage habits are. Currently I am running a 3570k with 16GB of 1600 RAM and a 7950 Radeon. Here are my primary appications in use:

VMware running multiple operating systems for school and home.

1080p Media also streaming to my living room LCD (a lot of times when I'm currently working on my desktop and my GF or kids want to watch something that I've downloaded).

Minor video editing.

Gaming at 1920x1080 where I prefer at LEAST 60 FPS as there are a few games I play that are actually CPU intensive and seems to be a bottleneck for my 7950 even when 3570k is OC'd to 4.8GHz.

Data transfers back and forth between all devices (mainly all of my computers on my home network).

I have looked at the 3770k yet I know that this is the end of the line for the 1155 socket and would like to have a path for upgrade within the next year or so.
The 4770k doesn't seem like it's going to be a major improvement in terms of speed.
The 3820 looks to be good enough for now as I understand that the Ivy Bridge-E will "eventually" have a release by the end of this year. I'm so torn as I've been adding and removing items from my shopping cart. So right now it's a matter of going with the extra threads on the 3770k, wait for the Haswell procs or jump to the 2011 platform with the 3820 for a starting CPU.

Keep in mind that I don't mind spending up to $600 on an upgrade if necessary.
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I have a similar set-up to yours. I am living in a dorm room (freshie at Purdue CS) right now and I have my main monitor (1440x900), 2 auxiliary monitors, as well as a 40in LED TV hooked up to my computer. I have played full quality video games while streaming 1080p video to my TV at the same time. I am running a 3770k overclocked heavily with a Corsair H100 closed loop liquid cooler. My graphics card is an MSI GTX 670 Power Edition. If you are willing to wait, you might want to look towards Intel's newest line of CPU's. I don't really know a lot about the new line. Since I don't know that much about them, I'm not going to push you towards buying a certain CPU; I would just like to let you know what I am running and how well it is working for me so far! thumb.gif
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3770k isnt going to be that much of an improvement over your i5. I don't think there is much upgrade room in terms of CPU for you right now. The biggest upgrade, imo, is the 3930k.

However, there must be something wrong if your 3570k at 4.8ghz is bottlenecking your 7950, that should never be the case.

How did you verify this?

Did you monitor and record your GPU usage with a tool like MSI afterburner and saw that it was below 95% usage during gaming?

If so, what game? - sometimes it is the game's issue

And, can you verify that your CPU temps are good and not to the point where it is being throttled while you are gaming.
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Well if heat problems are an issue, I have experienced temps of around 60's to mid 70's ranges. I had to zip tie my cathodes because the heat made the sticky side of the velco used to mount it became more sappy and it fell off. I ordered a 120mm bay converter just so I could have another 120mm fan in front pulling out air. The top fan os a 180mm low rpm fan and sucks at pulling air in let alone used an exhaust. I'm usually gaming when this happens. More so when I play Tera. Multiple VM's cause studder if I'm running more than 1 virtual OS.
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No way that 3570k is bottlenecked by 7950 :-D
If so...there is something wrong with your chip... Perhaps unstable overclock? Try to cut it down a bit.
 
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