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AMD < Intel Upgrade?

Here's my rig:

Asus Crosshair IV
Ultra 1050W PSU
x2 Sapphire 6970s
AMD X6 Phenom II 1100t (turbo boost 3.8 GHZ) with ZULMAN aftermarket cooler
Samsung 1TB hd
HAF 932


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,2951-5.html

I want to squeeze out as much fps as possible from this setup, and I've been told numerous times that my CPU is major bottleneck. Is this worth the investment:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157263 - ASROCK Z68 *future proof for Ivy Bridge?*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 - Intel i7 2000k

I've got the funds. But it would mean eating chicked peas for the rest of the month. Will it make a considerable difference in fps? Especially in games like GTA IV, Just Cause 2, BF3, and more importantly (to me, at least) SKYRIM?

I eventually wanna make the switch to NVIDIA as I'm not happy with AMD's drivers.

Let me know if you guys need any more details to make an accurate assessment. I'm really trigger happy to make this purchase, and could use some sense talking.
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  1. The 2600K offers little over the i5 2500k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Save yourself over $100
  2. 2500K + a simple OC to 4.3-4.4 on air
  3. Are you running 1920x1080? If so, though a 2500K (NOT 2600K) might get you, say, 85 fps instead of 75, I think you'll be able to stay above 60fps with no problem with no upgrade, and save the chickpeas for later famines :P
    At a higher resolution, this might make more of a difference.
  4. Enjoy your life dude. Don't compromise especially when you don't need to. You have a pretty decent rig already. The X6 1100T is not a slouch. Keep saving until the Ivy Bridge fully turns up and think about upgrading then.
  5. If you tweak your HT settings (overclocking, basically) and get a little more bandwidth to the CPU, you might get more of an improvement for the Thuban. If I recall, part of the issue with the six core chips was that the cores were all fighting for bandwidth and cache.

    I agree that you should probably wait for Ivy Bridge, but if you want to overclock now the i2500k is an attractive choice. The 2600k really won't offer that much of an improvement vs the 2500k.
  6. What resolution do you play at?
  7. WoW. Thank you all for the quick and diverse replies! My resolution is 1680x1050. Not that great.
  8. The reason I was aiming at the i7-2600K was to avoid having to upgrade. Will Ivy Bridge be considerably faster than then the current intel cpu's on the market? I produce music as well, and I know a good CPU affects the amount of plugins I can layer.

    My knowledge of overclocking is minimum, and I'd like to buy a CPU that I could just go into BIOS and tap on the turbo boost and be done with it.
  9. tajisi said:
    If you tweak your HT settings (overclocking, basically) and get a little more bandwidth to the CPU, you might get more of an improvement for the Thuban. If I recall, part of the issue with the six core chips was that the cores were all fighting for bandwidth and cache.

    I agree that you should probably wait for Ivy Bridge, but if you want to overclock now the i2500k is an attractive choice. The 2600k really won't offer that much of an improvement vs the 2500k.


    I could sound like a total noob, and I know tolerance for noobiness is very low these days - but would you recommend I turn off two of my cores? Will that improve performance?
  10. I don't think you need two Radeon HD 6970 for that resolution. One should be fine. If it isn't... then at that point buy the 2nd HD 6970.


    EDIT:

    Nevermind, I neglected to notice that you already have the Radeon HD 6970s.
  11. With my current setup, I can run BF3 at HIGH settings with 70-80 fps average. ULTRA slags me down 30-40 fps. Also, The Witcher 2 (this game never ceases to confuse me), on medium without vsync, hits 40-50 average fps, occasional dips to 30. Surprisingly, when I raise it to ULTRA it doesn't make much of difference, staying roughly round the same measurements. I wonder if its a CPU issue, or just that that game is poorly coded.
  12. Could be that Witcher is more CPU-heavy. A 2500K would help with that. You won't need more CPU power than it can give until the triple-580 range of GPU performance, which you probably won't be upgrading to for years, when that's not such a big deal any more.
  13. jaguarskx said:
    I don't think you need two Radeon HD 6970 for that resolution. One should be fine. If it isn't... then at that point buy the 2nd HD 6970.


    EDIT:

    Nevermind, I neglected to notice that you already have the Radeon HD 6970s.



    Yes so what he could do is upgrade to a new monitor running at 1920 X 1080. Then he would have two high
    end video cards being used to its fullest on a high res monitor.
  14. ^Yep. That would make a significant difference.
  15. But doesn't higher resolution = less fps/better visuals.
  16. That I'm not sure of maybe someone else can answer that for sure. I'm still using a low res 10+ year old monitor so I'm still learning about the new 1920 X 1080 monitors and what they can do. I'm hoping to get a new one soon so I can use my dual 6970's to thier fullest.
  17. Yes, you'll get fewer fps at the same settings. You may have to downgrade your setting to maintain a decent fps rate, but it'll be worth it. Remember that what matters here is your overall gaming experience, not what settings you have enabled. IMO (maybe not yours - your choice) it's more visually impressive to run med/high on a 23" screen than to run ultra on a 17-incher.
  18. So if I get a monitor with a 1920 X1080 res then I probably won't get the fps I'm getting now. Right now I'm getting 333 on COD how much of a drop will I get.
  19. With what kind of hardware lol? You know very few monitors can handle more than 60fps? No matter how much your GPU is doing, 60 is all you'll see. You won't drop much.
  20. Hmm. So what's the verdict?

    Go intel? Stay AMD?

    If I go Intel, I'm going to go with the I5-2500K right? What's the difference between the i7 2600k and the i5 when it comes to gaming?
  21. Best answer
    Not much, except at the very high level.
    2500K for sure.
  22. Best answer selected by jon_the_faun.
  23. Thank you :)
  24. You know it.
  25. kajabla said:
    With what kind of hardware lol? You know very few monitors can handle more than 60fps? No matter how much your GPU is doing, 60 is all you'll see. You won't drop much.


    You mean 60 Ghz refresh time? That I know. I didn't know if there would be a major drop in, in game fps.

    For me personally it would be:

    I5 2500k
    Dual Radeon 6970's
    8 gigs of vengenance ram
    1TB HDD
    128MB SSD
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