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Upgrade time: from Phenom II X4 955 to what?

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My sig rig is about to change ownership and the only things I'm keeping are my Gigabyte 7950, Samsung wonder RAM, and storage drives (maybe a PSU if I can work out this RMA thing). The new computer will be my 'daily driver'. It'll see a good bit of gaming and lots of work in spreadsheets and PDFs. I'll be running at least one VM as my web browsing sandbox. I am thinking a 'semi-flagship processor' (i7 Sandy and Ivy, FX 8350, etc) to tide me over until DDR4 becomes mainstream and cheap.

Option 1: I think I can score a 2600k and Asus ROG mobo for a shade over $300. I do not really know how much of an upgrade this is for me, although some reading suggests a 2600k stock is faster than a 955 OC'd to 3.9.

Option 2: Ivy Bridge in some flavor. This does not seem to be a great option since Ivy seems to run a little hotter than Sandy and is a very small improvement over Sandy.

Option 3: Wait 3 weeks and see what Haswell brings. Assuming pricing is similar to current gen stuff, we're talking a $500 chip + mobo duo. We also don't know (yet) how much of an upgrade Gen 4 will actually be over 3 and 2.

Option 4: Stay AMD and upgrade to a high-end FX chip. This will be cheaper than a brand new Ivy or Haswell setup, but my understanding of the FX chips is that they have basically nothing on Gen 2 Intel chips.

What say ye mighty forumites? Snag the Sandy combo on the cheap? Wait until Haswell drops? Stay on team Red? I don't have any sense of brand loyalty so I'm game for any intelligent upgrade.
    
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Option #1 (2600K + ASUS ROG combo @ ~$300) does sound pretty good, depending on exactly what model the motherboard is.

The only other option I'd consider is #3 (i.e. wait and see with Haswell's offerings).
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Option 4, good for all things, your wallet, your gaming and all the other junk you'll be doing which will eat up cores.
FX for you sir.
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Wait for haswell, even if you don't buy one, it will lower the prices of the last gens.
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Option 4, good for all things, your wallet, your gaming and all the other junk you'll be doing which will eat up cores.
FX for you sir.

The only reason that FX would even be worth considering in this case is because OP is already in possession of an AM3+ motherboard.

As such, getting an FX may be good for OP's wallet, but potential switching costs still wouldn't change the fact that FX chips are sub-optimal for gaming in general.
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The only reason that FX would even be worth considering in this case is because OP is already in possession of an AM3+ motherboard.

As such, getting an FX may be good for OP's wallet, but potential switching costs still wouldn't change the fact that FX chips are sub-optimal for gaming in general.

http://teksyndicate.com/videos/crysis-3-benchmarks-amd-fx-8350-vs-intel-i7-3770k-both-overclocked

Oh look at aht a tops of about 4 FPS difference. wow
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http://teksyndicate.com/videos/crysis-3-benchmarks-amd-fx-8350-vs-intel-i7-3770k-both-overclocked

Oh look at aht a tops of about 4 FPS difference. wow

Using a TekSyndicate video and an AMD-sponsored game in a fatally-flawed (and in the end futile) attempt to prove your point? Really?

Try using some reputable sources next time...
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Stay with AMD and grab an FX-8320. They can be had for ~$140 at Micro Center or $179.99 + 10% discount on Newegg

It's not an i7 but is more than sufficient for gaming
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Using a TekSyndicate video and an AMD-sponsored game in a fatally-flawed (and in the end futile) attempt to prove your point? Really?

Try using some reputable sources next time...

I am, but with all these benchmarks it makes me feel dumb founded to why anyone would be running a game at say 1024x 768 res, nobody every uses these resos, so whats the point except to prove a CPU is better at performing tasks when the majority of the time the GPU is doing all the work? THe FX 8350 may be slower but its still a great CPU.
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You would see a significant difference going to sandy bridge. See my differences in my signature.
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