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upgrading from phenom ii 965 be

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I am wanting to upgrade my CPU but not really sure if it would be worth doing. This is my rig

Asus sabertooth r2.0
965 be
Intel ssd
pny 1600 memory
sapphire 7870 x2
850 watt pwr supply

since games aren't using 8 cores is it really worth paying the money for them.
post #2 of 68
I was in the same boat as you, ended up going for a FX9370 because it was cheap and I wouldn't have to replace my motherboard. If you are okay with spending more money then I would recommend getting a 4770 and a new motherboard. Right now extremely few games use more than 4 cores. (However with the release of mantle and the next gen consoles using 8 core amd CPU's that may change) I did see quite a performance gain in many cpu intensive games going from a 965 at 4.7ghz.
    
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Windows 7 Professional Samsung Syncmaster Das Keyboard Ultimate ULTRA X4 850w 
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Crucial M500 128GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 1TB Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB Custom Loop 
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Windows 7 Professional Samsung Syncmaster Das Keyboard Ultimate ULTRA X4 850w 
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I just bought this motherboard so I will be hanging onto it. I was reading in some places it could be years before games actually increase in cores. I would definitely like to get a 4.5 times 8 cores though. In what way could you tell about the upgrade
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Actually, many games, like the battlefield series, cryengine games, and any future mantle games to name some can take advantage of multiple cores. It definitely won't be "years" till multi-threading is the norm thumb.gif though I won't lie to you and say it's the norm already.

I would grab a 8320/30 or 9370, any of these will push your 7870's much better in recent and future games biggrin.gif
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Thanks alot man
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In what way does a 8 core push more than a 4 core
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Thanks alot man

no problem, happy to be of help
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post #8 of 68
Which is your budget?
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200
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Then a fx 8320 and buy a heatsink with the other 50usd if you dont have one,which is your case?
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