Wonder if you guys can shed any light as I haven't actually kept up with the new CPU sockets, their capabilities and the new motherboards. I have been reading the last couple of days however about the new Sandbybridge CPU's and wonder if now is a good time to actually upgrade. None of the bechmarks I have found are relative to what I have at the moment so I need someone in the know who can say yay or nay if it's worth it.
I have an X6800 @ 3.5ghz, coupled with an EVGA 680i SLi and 4GB Corsair Dominator RAM.
I am looking at going for a 2500k, an Asus P8P67 Pro and 8GB Corsair RAM.
I have a HD5870 and game at 1920 x 1200, the system is put under the most stress when gaming, I am not into video editing and the compression of large files.
What has prompted me is that I did have the CPU running at 3.7GHZ for a couple of years but I think the high voltage has taken it's toll on the board and/or the cpu and the only way I can keep it stable now is by running it @ 3.5GHZ. The difference between the two might seem minor but in GTA4 it goes from being a 35-40fps playable game to a frame rate hovering around 30-32 and sometimes even lower which feels really sluggish. Having not built a new PC in 5 years I thought now seemed like quite a good time but PC gaming seems to have changed so much that there are no longer a deluge of system breaking games on a yearly basis, which has left me quite content with just upgrading the graphics card to keep in line with latest software.
Pricing it up it's only around £350, it's more the hassle of rebuilding my raid... but I think you have probably convinced me by saying what I hoped you would, in that it wouldn't be a complete waste of money.