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With my 2500K already pretty fast at 4.5GHz and the broader support of Mantle and now DX12 right around the corner would upgrading to something faster really even matter? I mean, it's going to get to the point where either Mantle or DX12 is going to start taking over/getting more popular and those are made to reduce processor overhead so...yeah...

Mantle already makes the AMD A10 APU run on par with a 3570K or something like that, right? So therefore my 2500K at 4.5GHz blows past both those and shouldn't have any problem running future games (and once DX12 hit's something tell's me most/all future games) at all.

Hmmm...what are your thoughts? Is a processor upgrade even needed?
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With my 2500K already pretty fast at 4.5GHz and the broader support of Mantle and now DX12 right around the corner would upgrading to something faster really even matter? I mean, it's going to get to the point where either Mantle or DX12 is going to start taking over/getting more popular and those are made to reduce processor overhead so...yeah...

Mantle already makes the AMD A10 APU run on par with a 3570K or something like that, right? So therefore my 2500K at 4.5GHz blows past both those and shouldn't have any problem running future games (and once DX12 hit's something tell's me most/all future games) at all.

Hmmm...what are your thoughts? Is a processor upgrade even needed?

A processor upgrade to catch up to the performance of Mantle? Not even close. Where is your source about an APU running on par with the 3570k, graphics wise sure, but I doubt it's cpu wise. Even so, the 3570/2500 should out perform the APU in every benchmark. @4.5ghz, you're good to hold off as you're not really missing anything.
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A processor upgrade to catch up to the performance of Mantle? Not even close. Where is your source about an APU running on par with the 3570k, graphics wise sure, but I doubt it's cpu wise. Even so, the 3570/2500 should out perform the APU in every benchmark. @4.5ghz, you're good to hold off as you're not really missing anything.

With running Mantle it drops CPU overhead so IN GAMING the AMD is as fast as the Intel (not in general use though just gaming).

So considering that I mainly use my PC for gaming, I don't know if a CPU upgrade, even for future games will matter really. That's what I'm getting at.

If Mantle or DX12 weren't around or didn't do what they did then I could see a CPU upgrade being needed...but now...I'm not so sure of that.
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With my 2500K already pretty fast at 4.5GHz and the broader support of Mantle and now DX12 right around the corner would upgrading to something faster really even matter? I mean, it's going to get to the point where either Mantle or DX12 is going to start taking over/getting more popular and those are made to reduce processor overhead so...yeah...

Mantle already makes the AMD A10 APU run on par with a 3570K or something like that, right? So therefore my 2500K at 4.5GHz blows past both those and shouldn't have any problem running future games (and once DX12 hit's something tell's me most/all future games) at all.

Hmmm...what are your thoughts? Is a processor upgrade even needed?
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2500K is still a strong chip

if you really want to upgrade something i would suggest upgrading your GPU ie- GTX 780 or R9 290

if it has to be a cpu upgrade grab a 3770K or 2600K they go pretty cheap around OCN
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2500K is still a strong chip

if you really want to upgrade something i would suggest upgrading your GPU ie- GTX 780 or R9 290

if it has to be a cpu upgrade grab a 3770K or 2600K they go pretty cheap around OCN

I thought about that but with my 7970 at 1.2GHz...the 780 and 290 really aren't as much of an upgrade as one would think.
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Is your only use going to be for gaming? If that is the case, then a 2500k is more than enough for at least the next year or two.
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I vote keep your 2500k because it's still a strong chip as stated above. You really won't notice a performance difference that will justify the cost now. There really isn't anything the 2500k can't handle, even with mantle being introduced (still in its infancy).
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In some intense games like BF4 multiplayer, a six core Intel processor can make a noticeable difference but not enough to justify the cost unless you have lots of money to spend.
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A 2500k at 4.5 is still a beast chip, mainly because Intel have been dragging their feet in the high end market since sandy bridge. I think sandy bridge to haswell is only about a 20% IPC increase clock for clock. (And haswell is known to not be as strong an OC'er as sandy.). The only upgrade path at this point is to grab an i7 but performance difference wouldn't be worth the cost if it were up to me.
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