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So my 6950 in current rig has died and I was going to upgrade to a new GPU. I was also looking to upgrade to mATX at some stage.

My father (with quite the timing) has offered to help out ($$ wise) with the building of a new PC to stay at his house rather then transport this one two and from which is at times a huge pain.

My thoughts then were to make a new build with:

Corsair 350D
ASUS DCUII 280x
Gigabyte Z87M D3HP
4670K
some sort of closed loop cooler
sleeved cables

keep my ssd + ram + psu + hdd and make this my primary rig.

and add the following items to my current setup to make up the parts of a secondary "home away from home" rig that could still play games just for a little less money:

lower capacity PSU
7870 or whatever is going for a good price.
ram
hdd etc

Now the game I'm most concerned about is BF4 so I'll see how benchmarks go for that before I commit to anything but I havent built in a while so are the Haswell chips worth it over say an 8350 for the same money? Also which chipset is going to give me the opportunity to upgrade down the line, will Broadwell use 1150? And finally are games starting to use 8cores or is it still one of those unnecessary things?

thanks guys, havent looked into this stuff much in 2 years tongue.gif
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its up to the developers to see how useful 8 core threading will be. its just an assumption that since the next gen consoles are 8 core jaguar apus(6 cores dedicated on one system and 7 on the other i think) that most if not all AAA titles will likely receive the multitasking treatment up from the first PS4/Xbone game and onwards. If a game is PC only, its likely its going to follow current trends which exist at the moment, which likes stronger fewer cores.
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I say having 8 cores is more future-proofing than having fewer. Besides, you can install BOINC or F@H and donate the spare power when you're not using it :-)
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There are no current games that are written to utilize 8 cores.

Haswell it's Intel's latest socket for it's mainstream consumer market. It boasts ~5% increase in performance per clock compared to Ivy, and overall power consumption has come down.

It's very good.

In terms of raw processing power, the AMD bulldozer/piledrivers cannot compete with higher end Intel chips.

Not that it matters too much if you're gaming at 1080p or better...
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