This CPU and Motherboard upgrade worth it for CPU intensive games like Planetside 2?

I feel as though my performance is limited by my CPU, and I could be doing a lot better in quite a few games.

Basic specs are as follows:

CPU: Fx 6120 Overclocked to 4.0Ghz
GPU: Geforce Gtx 770 Standard Clock
Motherboard: MSI 970A G45
Power Supply: 800 Watts

I am planning on upgrading to a new motherboard, and also a new processor, seeing as though my current motherboard will not support anything newer.

New Motherboard: ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I54690K
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  1. Definitely worth it.
  2. Well, first off, your motherboard will support the newest AM3+ Cpu's. So, while the i5 isn't a bad upgrade, you could spend a lot less money and still get a better performing cpu. The 4690k vs. the fx8350 will gain you about 15FPS using the 770 @ 1080p though. 45FPS vs. 60FPS'ish or so. So, you'll have to decide if it's worth the extra 200 dollars or so for an i5 setup and 15FPS.
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    ... I am planning on upgrading to a new motherboard, and also a new processor, seeing as though my current motherboard will not support anything newer.

    That would be incorrect.

    Your motherboard supports the new AMD FX-8370s that were 'baked' this past summer ...
  4. I understand what is being said here, I am aware that my motherboard is am3 +

    But whenever I look up people using my motherboard with the new 8350, I am noticing that most are saying their processors are overheating and underperforming like crazy
  5. Any cpu overheats if their isn't a proper aftermarket cooler. The 8350/8320 is a great cpu.
  6. I wasn't looking for an intel vs amd battle here, though they are always bound to come up. I just want something that's going to give me great performance over my fx 6120
  7. When I search up my motherboard and supported processors on MSI, it says that it only supports up to the fx 8150
  8. Yes, its worth it.
  9. There are 95w versions of the FX-8370(E) and FX-8320(E).

    If you want to switch, that's fine, but with CPU, motherboard and OS it's going to cost you $450.
  10. I've got the OS covered :)
  11. I'm kind of hoping the i5 will last me a good while, so yeah. I could always upgrade to an i7 with a z97 right ?
  12. yup
  13. The i5 will be worth it.
  14. You're trying to rationalize a change that's not really worth it.

    If you want change .... change. But stop obfuscating, dancing and looking to Toms for some obtuse justification.
  15. Once again this is just an intel vs amd fight here.. if I can get an extra minimum 15 fps on what someone linked me to before, I personally find the price difference worth it.
  16. Best answer
    There ya go. You just made the only point that matters, and that is that the extra 15FPS that the i5 will give you, with that exact video card, over the AMD fx8350 is worth it.

    This didn't really degenerate into an Amd vs. Intel debate. The fact that you already have an Amd set-up and are considering upgrading to an Intel set-up is what people are advising you on. I upgraded from a Phenom II @ 3.5ghz to an i5 3570k and didn't notice a difference. I know there is one, but I didn't notice it.

    I personally think that getting an fx 8320/8350 and overclocking it is the better all around option myself though.
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