Need New CPU/MOBO

Hello there,

I am currently looking for a new motherboard and cpu. I want something that will last me a few years at least, more if possible. I currently have an AMD Phenom II with the GTX 670 MSI overclocked one that toms hardware recommended.

Someone told me that my current CPU bottlenecks my GPU and that is the reason why I dont get really high frame rates. I did watch some of the percentages and my CPU never really maxed out and neither did my GPU. I'm still curious if this is the reason and that is why I am interested in getting a new cpu and motherboard so I do not have to worry about this stuff.

What is a good mother board/cpu combo these days? I was leaning more towards i7.

This is what I had in mind:
ASRock Z77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

Thank You for your help,
Skriptah
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  1. You really only need an I5 for gaming. Have you thought about ocing your phenom II. It would help with your bottle neck.
  2. Yeah Id recommend a i5 build or a 8350 build, going AMD would let you upgrade in a few years without buying a new mobo. Plus haswell is coming out soon so your intel CPU would be obsolete in a few months.

    Either way youd be happy with what you purchased and itd last a good number of years.
  3. Okay, thank you guys. Why would you recommend a i5 over an i7? Also when would new mobos and cpus come out for haswell?? How much would those prices be?

    Also do you guys think my cpu is bottlenecking my gpu?
  4. I would get a good cooler unless you have one and oc your cpu.
  5. Skriptah said:
    Okay, thank you guys. Why would you recommend a i5 over an i7? Also when would new mobos and cpus come out for haswell?? How much would those prices be?

    Also do you guys think my cpu is bottlenecking my gpu?


    1. You dont need an i7 for gaming, its only for more CPU intensive applications.
    2. Haswell should be out sometime this summer or early fall I believe.
    3. Prices will be very similar, just the price of the old models will drop $10-$20.
    4. If anything, the bottleneck would be the CPU. Also upgrading to an SSD will yield significant performance increases for anything you put on it.
  6. Hi, I'm still looking for more answers. Are the parts I'm looking to buy good? Is it a good idea to update now? If i were to stream myself playing video games wouldn't an i7 be way better for it? Also ive looked up how to oc my cpu, but im not sure exactly what to do. I saw I can change my FSB for my cpu, but I was told i might need to change the multipliers for my ram and other things so it does not get messed up.
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