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Hey everyone. I've had my E8400 for awhile now, and I feel like it may finally be time to jump to a quad core, as more games are using 'em now.

I'm mainly looking to upgrade for Skyrim and Battlefield 3. I have a solid video card, but I'll probably end up getting a new one in the fall when those two games come out. I'd like to avoid doing all my upgrading at once, so I was considering upgrading my motherboard/cpu/ram in the spring/summer.

Should I go cheap/current and get a Phenom II 965? Should I save and get Bulldozer in the summer? How much of a performance increase would I get going from a dual core E8400 to a 965?
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From none (dual threaded) to nearly 100% (quad optimized - assuming you have enough gpu power to max out the cpu at full load).
    
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Depends on the game.
BFBC2 would see a bump in performance.
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Depends on the game.
BFBC2 would see a bump in performance.
BC2 seems to run pretty flawlessly as of now...1080p maxed out and I get 45-60fps
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i'm sure that BF3 needs as much CPU power as BC2 if not more
so if i ware you i would wait for the new Bulldozer CPU and see if it worth my money or not, then make a decision
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You will certainly notice some perfomance gaps, especially in those that are very cpu dependant.
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Hey everyone. I've had my E8400 for awhile now, and I feel like it may finally be time to jump to a quad core, as more games are using 'em now.

I'm mainly looking to upgrade for Skyrim and Battlefield 3. I have a solid video card, but I'll probably end up getting a new one in the fall when those two games come out. I'd like to avoid doing all my upgrading at once, so I was considering upgrading my motherboard/cpu/ram in the spring/summer.

Should I go cheap/current and get a Phenom II 965? Should I save and get Bulldozer in the summer? How much of a performance increase would I get going from a dual core E8400 to a 965?
stay with your E8400 this moment
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See what bulldozer has to offer, then make your decision.
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I am in same boat, the e8400 performs better in games clock for clock than the Phenom 2, You'd have to have a well multithreaded game to see much gain, in most cases your performance would go down slightly.

i7 2500k or 2600k would be best current upgrade paths. I am waiting to see what bulldozer and ivy bridge bring to the table and will upgrade next year.
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