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So here's my situation and I've been wrestling with it for over a month, and now that Haswell is out I dunno where to go from here since I can't seem to make up my mind.

I own a i5 2500k cost me $160 New in box.
I would need to buy a new motherboard Asrock Extreme6 or UD3H or something quality not sure what to buy lets say 140-$155ish.
Looking at the manufacturers pages they have not updated the BIOS/ Drives since 2012 for the most part. Doesn't look promising for future updates.
Cost: $306-$315

Or

Sell my i5 2500k
Go to Microcenter and pick up a Core i5 4670K + Mobo combo which is $40 off. ASUS Z87-A or ASRock Z87 Extreme4 not sure which is better.
Cost: $332-$343

Or

Troll myself and buy a FX 8320 + GA-990FXA-UD3
Cost: $238.
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Since you already have the 2500K on hand, I'd say that the simplest and most effective course of action would be to get the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ($140 @ Amazon) and be done with it.

The only reasons to go Haswell / Z87 is if you need more than 2 SATA-III ports (Z87 has six), really want PCIe 3.0 (the 2500K is incapable of it), or if you believe that the new CPU instructions (AVX2) are worth it.
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The only reasons to go Haswell / Z87 is if you need more than 2 SATA-III ports (Z87 has six), really want PCIe 3.0 (the 2500K is incapable of it), or if you believe that the new CPU instructions (AVX2) are worth it.

How big of an impact would that have on running two 7950's compared to a PCIe 3.0 capable 4670K setup?
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I'd say minimal effect, not enough to warrant dropping another $150+ cash (probably WAY more new CPU/MOBO) to get a 1-7%??? increase in GPU performance which will show itself in like a bit but not all scenarios?

My ballpark estimates, someone else validate, affirm, or refute what my impressions are...
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How big of an impact would that have on running two 7950's compared to a PCIe 3.0 capable 4670K setup?

You only gain 1-5 percent going with PCIe 3.0, I believe. It will only truly matter a few years down the road when a single video card can saturate PCIe 2.0 x8 to any real extent.

EDIT: Found a chart to back up my assertions:

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I'd say minimal effect, not enough to warrant dropping another $150+ cash (probably WAY more new CPU/MOBO) to get a 1-7%??? increase in GPU performance which will show itself in like a bit but not all scenarios?

My ballpark estimates, someone else validate, affirm, or refute what my impressions are...

well in reality it's really $15-20 z77 vs z87 setup, not $150. I don't currently own a z77 mobo and I could sell the 2500k and be free to chose the other option.
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I'd stick with the i5 2500k unless you specifically need a feature on the new platform. If you do, sell me your i5 2500k. wink.gif
   
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You only gain 1-5 percent going with PCIe 3.0, I believe. It will only truly matter a few years down the road when a single video card can saturate PCIe 2.0 x8 to any real extent.
According to that chart, you get 11% more performance with a 7970 on 8x PCI 3.0 vs a 7970 on 8x PCI 2.0. 22% overall performance decrease is somewhat significant. It'd probably be closer to 15% overall on 7950s, though.
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