So i've been a long time lurker, but I had some things that I would like to discuss.
About 6 months ago I built my first PC. After having it a while, and talking with friends, I am itching to up my specs to eek out some better performance. I only spent around $800 on it, so I am under no illusion that it is that incredible. I'll list my specs here...
...After talking with my friends about the type of FPS and what not that they get, I want to get up to around where they are. As it stands, I can play BF3, single player, on ultra at around 40FPS with occasional drops to about 25. Online with large numbers of players, I change my settings to mid/high and get around 40-50 FPS. My friends and their single GTX 670's/680's are getting around 70+ fps, with Ultra settings when playing online. I want to end up getting more around that area. I also play a lot of Skyrim, Civ V, Shogun 2, planetside, etc... So here lies my questions.
1- I want to switch my GPU to a GTX 670, but I read that my 8150 could potentially bottleneck performance, especially with CPU heavy games like skyrim. I want to be able to run the High res texture mods without dropping FPS to unplayable levels, but I think my CPU could be bottlenecking my performance. Is this a valid concern? Would the fx 8150 have potentially to bottleneck the GTX 670?
2- If possible, I would like to possibly OC my cpu to eek out a bit more from it (I also want to OC because it seems fun to get into). I read that some motherboards are not that great for OC'ing and I am curious if mine has potential. Does my Mobo have OC potential, or should I look into buying a new Mobo?
3-If i should potentially start looking for a more OC friendly Mobo, should I just bite the bullet and get an Intel socket, OC friendly mobo? While I am at it, bite another bullet and get a cpu such as the i5-3570k?
4- If 3 were true, what are some exaples of OC friendly mobo's and good CPU's that are a step up from my current fx-8150, while still allowing room for OC'ing?
5- Where can I find basic information regarding OC'ing as far as terminology and what specific things do? I have searched around google and i found some guides, but they all seemed to have a bit more expectations than my current knowledge allows or they are specific to a specific cpu. I want to read more into why you are changing something like voltage, and what it does. Something that gives me an better understanding of what exactly I am changing. It should also be noted that I wouldn't object to eventually getting into GPU OC as well.