Originally Posted by computerparts
Exactly. I'm somewhat surprised to still see this nonsense going on. First, BD was trashed by haters. Now, PD which is is a significant step up from BD, is being trashed by haters. That Haterade must be on sale again.
Haha. To be fair BD was quite the disaster. I mean in pretty much all the benchmarks a 1090/1100T beat an 8150. However they did do a pretty good job with PD, and I think its competitive for the price point, especially if you factor in tasks other than gaming. It beats an i5 in most heavily threaded apps, but doesn't touch an i7 most of the time. Of course the cheapest i7 costs 150% of what an 8350 does.
That being said, the OP was asking what the most practical upgrade for the money would be. Even with dual 770s, I think an OCed 8350 will have enough power for a while, especially considering the number of games that are starting to use 4+ cores. No, it won't be as good as an i7 or even an i5 in some cases, and it's single core performance kinda sucks. However, as it's been said a million times, going with an 8320/8350 would not require a transition to a new platform.
Plus if the OP sells his current CPU, he could probably get an 8320 for less than $100 out of pocket. That's not a bad deal. No it won't yield the same frames as an i5/i7, but it will definitely be sufficient, and save him hundreds.
Like I said above, I'd be willing to bet that as games begin to be optimized to use more cores, the gap in gaming performance will begin to shrink. Even if i5 beats PD by 150% in single core performance, a game that can use all 8 PD cores vs 4 on the Intel will probably perform quite well on both.
So I don't think investing in Piledriver would be a terrible move. You won't see the huge frame rates you would with an Intel setup, but it costs less and the gap will (or rather SHOULD) begin to shrink in the near future.
If you can afford it though, and the extra performance is important to you, sell your current setup and get an IB or Haswell i7 and mobo for maybe $300 out of pocket. I probably wouldn't invest too much in an i5 setup considering the reasons I stated above.
Just my 2 cents. Take it or leave it haha