I am planning to upgrade my graphics card early next year after the Radeon 7000 series are released, I will either get a 78XX series card or maybe 2 x 68XX if there price drops or maybe even a 2Gb 6950. This will make my CPU by far the weakest component but I don't want to go the new mother board route until late 2012 -early 2013. I have an unlocked to 4 cores 550BE (C2 stepping) @ 3.7GHz (the most I can get from it). Would there be enough reason to get a 955BE to try for 4.2GHz or a 960T for 4.2GHz + maybe unlock to 6 cores or is the performance increase to small to make it worth it. So my basic question is, will 500MHz make much difference in gaming?
AMD 550BE unlocked & @ 3.7GHz
Motherboard Asrock 880G Extreme 3
RAM 4Gb (2x2) 1333MHz will be upgrading to 2x4Gb 1600MHz as its so cheap at the moment
GPU Radeon 4870 (used to have 2 in crossfire but 1 died)
HDD 2 x 500Gb in Raid 0 can't remember the make
PSU corsair TX750 (I also have an 850W unit from a return if I need it)
BTW I have a spire thermax Eclipse II which is a bitch to reinstall so I don't want to mess with it unless its really worth it.
I say if you do any kind of video encoding that could benefit from 6 cores get a 1090T. Right now only a few games benefit from the extra cores, but that will change as time goes on. An overclocked 1090T should keep you going for a while. While you may get it to 4.2, 4.0 is more realistic so the only big gains will come in apps that use those 6 threads well.
Thanks for the input guys I know my hardware is dated now but I have only 2 games so far that I think I could get more from with a better GPU (witcher 2 and skyrim) and none so far that would benefit hugely from a better CPU so I think I will stay as planned and get a new gpu or gpus early next year and new cpu later that year.