Originally Posted by brucethemoose
IMHO An 8320 isn't enough of an upgrade over a 1090T to warrant a new motherboard. At that price point, you're looking at a used 2500K and a P67/Z68 mobo as a better gaming upgrade.
This This This.
2500k's can be had for cheap and so can their motherboard counterparts (good ones, too). They run cool, almost all overclock very well and can handle any situation you give them. A friend of mine who composes music for films and games professionally asked me to build him a computer for that job and maybe for the odd game, but 99% music composing. I got him a i5-2500k and an Asus m-ITX Z77 motherboard (absolutely incredible board, very powerful and has an add-on VRM 12-Phase Board. Can't remember the name off the top of my head of the Motherboard itself!) and it absolutely blasts through the huge pieces of music he would compose and put together. Some instruments would be huge in quality and size (2-3GB per instrument at times, though the program efficiently manages how and when it's used in regards to RAM, but still very intensive CPU wise and RAM wise), and it has no problems what so ever. He actually hit the program's limits in regards to how much he could put into the music, which before he would never get near on his old, slow laptop that stuttered doing anything on the music programs. All this and it's still at stock, and there's no need to overclock. We ran prime on the most intense settings and had him compose a really hefty bit of music from start to finish at the same time and it still didn't struggle at all. Beautiful system with a very beautiful CPU.
The CPU will do very well against bottlenecks as most on here will agree, especially once overclocked. 4.5Ghz is the sweet spot for most, and boy does it fly.