I'm running a 2500k. It's still ok, but slowly showing it's age. Applications don't start up as instantly anymore; they take 2-3 seconds now. Not that I need it, but then why am I here anyway?
As to what to upgrade to, these points will guide my decision:
- I'm sick of looking at my rig. I need something new in 2016.
- At minimum 6 cores is a must, though 8 might be better. It's really disappointed to see that Intel's mainstream platform is still maxing out at 4 cores after 10 years, while on the other hand, their IPC isn't improving much either.
- It will have to last me untill a next-gen technology enters the scene (like carbon nanotubes), since there is not much performance too be gained with an upgrade nowadays.
- Hyperthreading is a must. I regretted not going with a 2600k.
- Must feature best, current virtualization technologies.
- The mainboard must support all the new interfaces, like USB 3.1 Type-C and M.2. Preferably in multiples.
- 4k monitors with G-sync, 100Hz+, VA panel and >= 32" must be available for around $1000.
- Pascal GPUs must be available, as I'm going 4k.
All this points to Broadwell-E, limited only by my budget of around $500. It's probably gonna be a Core i7-6850K. I'm not counting on Zen. They played this game before with Bulldozer, and even before that (can't remember what it was called).Edited by pennover - 1/31/16 at 1:26am