Replacing CPU Soon, need advice

Here is my current setup
-4GB DDR2 Ram
-500GB HDD
-4870 512mb
-22" LCD 1680x1050

With more and more games supporting/needing a quad core to run good, I feel that it's time for me to replace my processor. I was planning to wait for BD to release in June and see how it was compared to SB and buy whichever seemed like it offered more for the price. However, with the delay of BD, I'm leaning more towards just going the Intel route right now. To do this I know I would get an 1155 mobo along with an i5-2500k and 4GB DDR3 Ram. But I was just reading about Ivy bridge and SB-E releasing late 2011/early 2012 and how IB will apparently offer a 20% performance increase over equivalent SB cpu's. Has this at all been confirmed yet? 20% seems like a lot. Do you guys think that it's worth waiting or will the 2500k be fine and last me at least 3 years? And then there's SB-E. Can anyone give me a run down on exactly what this is? I should also not forget BD, but I somehow doubt it will match/go well beyond the performance of cpu's like the 2500k. So pretty much I would just like some advice and explanation on what you guys think I should do and why. I should also mention that the main use of this PC is gaming(WoW, BC2, BF3, etc.) and that I plan on gaming on this monitor at this resolution for quite some time, so I feel my 4870 should be fine for a while.
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  1. The 4870s a good card, but there are advantages to having a DX11 card. Just something to think about.

    With regard to CPUs... you can always wait for the next best thing, but there will always be something better around the corner. I look at it like this... Will the platform I get today take me through the next three years at a performance level I consider acceptable? Getting an Z68 and 2500k will be fine. Waiting a month or two for the bulldozer will be fine. When the SB-E comes out, it won't render what you get today obsolete by any means. It always takes a while for the software to catch the hardware.
  2. Alright. Is Z68 the chip that allows OC with like an i5-2500k? Is there any OC potential w/o a Z68 mobo? I realize that DX11 has some cool features, but I can wait on that. I just need a card that's powerful enough to run games at good settings, which my 4870 could do. With my budget right now I don't think I could afford a new gpu anyways, only the cpu, mobo, and ram. Also, I was wondering if I could get any decent amount of money by selling my current cpu, mobo, and ram. Like is it ridiculous to expect somewhere around $100 for all of those?
  3. Z68 is the chipset you can use your i5-2500k on. Plenty of OC potential. Some boards are more heat tolerant than others of course, but those 2500k CPUs are among the most over-clockable on the planet.

    $100 seems more than fair for that kind of PC. That technology is really not that old in your current PC. It's very capable. I have a system my kids use for school projects, photo-editing/art, and general-purpose use with lower specs than that and it runs extremely well (E5300 and 2GB RAM).
  4. Just to be clear, I hope for $100 for only the CPU Mobo and Ram, not the whole system. That's a price I thought I could sell those components at.
  5. Buying those parts new...A new mobo is around $70. A new CPU around $80. 4GB DDR2 Ram around $70. $100 is really a good deal for just those components.
  6. Alright. Thanks for the advice.
  7. Many games only use 3 threads.
  8. Yes, but in the near future they will likely start fully using four cores. It just seems like the most logical thing to buy right now is an i5-2500k. I've heard it's a beast of a cpu and should be for the next few years, especially with its OC potential.
  9. BFBC2 will use as many threads as you have. It uses all 8 of mine.
  10. Damn...So even if you had like a 12-core opteron it would use them all? And if BC2 uses all these cores we can be sure BF3 will as well.
  11. I tried to get someone with more than 8 to tell us if it does in another thread. Never got an answer. Maybe 8's the limit... Who knows?
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