Logan, I have now read the toms article. Thanks, it was helpful... a better picture of the 750k is starting to emerge. I also appreciate the insight on the various games I mentioned and their different approaches to CPU / GPU usage.
Anyway, sorry I'm so wordy, but hopefully some of that wall of text makes sense.
No, that's actually a really good synopsis. Goes deeper into the issue, but stays comprehensible and on-topic.
Also, gaming at 1440p is quite GPU heavy, so the 7970 might actually make sense. I don't know if I've seen any reviews though with the 750k at 1440p, as thats not a very common resolution for such a budget processor.
That may just be the perfectly summed up insight I needed.
I picked out the 7970 for that reason - 1440p, and wanting a solid card that could take whatever I threw at it. Didn't think the processor would play that big a role.
But now, based on what you and agrims have been saying, I'm getting the impression that a 750k's capabilities (even overclocked) would be better matched with a 7950. Perhaps because of the 750k's limitations on the overall experience, any card beyond that would only give diminishing returns. Hard to say for certain ... but it sounds reasonable.
I may actually go for that simpler option - overclocked 750k with a 7850. I'd save a lot of money.
I may still go for the I5 3350p and a 7970, like I was thinking a week ago. It matches my criteria (or fetish, xD) for an APU-less processor, while being a beefy I5. Too bad it's not unlocked.
Hell... I maybe, might
even bite the bullet and go for a socket 2011 board (either in the form of the new micro-atx prodigy you brought up, or the shuttle SX79R5 mentioned above). I know it'd be a lot of money, but with the upcoming Ivy-bridge-Es right around the corner, at least I know I wouldn't have to sacrifice anything whatsoever
performance-wise, and have a super future-proof computer, and still get a small build... and
still satisfy my fetish for no integrated APU.
Last but not least of course, there's the option you guys have been talking about with Kaveri. I'm way behind with this stuff, and frankly all this catch-up is starting to explode my head, but alas... haha...
In any case, this is going to be a late september project at earliest. Who knows, maybe a new A88X mini-itx board will come around, along with a higher performing Kaveri chip that, like the 750k, is both cheap AND multiplier unlocked.
Wheh... whatever I end up going with, it should be fun, anyway.
PS. On a side note, Mopar63, you were saying that your 7970 was too wide for your prodigy case. This made me curious - are you using the reference 7970, with the stock exhaust blower and shroud? Or one of the newer (and now, more common ones) that have multiple fans, and/or blow air directly down onto the card?Edited by geefreck - 8/20/13 at 4:34pm