Just last night got the new Gigabyte mb, Phenom x4 970 and 8gb of dual channel ddr3 ram installed. Also upgraded the PSU to handle the new gear. I did a full reinstalled of Win 7 Ultimate, and I gotta say, I don't really notice a huge improvement over my old Athlon x2 64 3800+. Looking at the comparison benchmarks it looks like worlds of difference. Am I missing something? I have a 7200 Seagate, 250gb, for my OS drive, and 500gb Seagate for my storage drive. Maybe solid state would've been the better upgrade? I did load all of the chipset drivers off the Gigabyte cd rom. Not sure what else I could be missing.
What performance gains were you looking at getting? Such as, what games do you play that you dont see a difference, or what applications do you use that you dont see a huge difference? Those chips have night and day performance marks.
I'm not a big gamer (don't really play much at all), but do a good bit of video transcoding, dvd transcoding, video editing, etc. Just in general opening applications, moving about throughout the OS, I didn't see much off a difference. Kind of thought things would open faster, save faster, etc, but I guess a lot of that is reliant upon the hdd(s). The PSU I got is an Antec, 550w (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).
Your psu is enough, and a decent make. Did you consult anyone before buying the Phenom IIx4? I would have went with at least the 1090T 6-core, as application purposes recquire more cores. i7 2600k would have been your best bet for an upgrade. Although much more expensive, this chip has hyper-threading, which is ideal for multi-threaded applications, or just heavy application use.
Yeah, unfortunately I wasn't looking at spending $400-$500 for an upgrade. With $300 for the i7 alone, that threw it out pretty quickly. I was looking at ~$250 upgrade (needed mb, cpu & ram), which is why I went with the Phenom.
So an SSD would be his best move for increased performance? If so, the Crucial M4 is the best model out there, and is remarkably affordable for what you get. either a 64Gb or the 128Gb ( i prefer this model), is where you want to be.
So I've RMA'd the 970 and went with the i5 2500k based on the comparisons where I saw a huge difference between the two. I guess both the i5 2500k and the Phenom 970 BE came out about the same time, and roughly the same price. The i5 just killed it all over the map, in every discipline. Now the 970 is ~140 and the i5 is ~210. AMD I guess had to drop their pants due to the drastic difference in performance.
Also, although it's not quite in the budget at the moment, I think an SSD is in the near future. Quite a few options out there, and hopefully the prices continue to drop. Would like to get a decent performing 128gb in the ~$100 range. Not quite there yet.