Okay to start off this is not much of a CPU upgrade (AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2Ghz to AMD Phenom II X4 980 3.7Ghz) but what I'm looking to do is just breath a bit longer life into this system before the chips are hard to come by. I'd prefer to let it live to see at least the 2nd Generation of the Ivy Bridge processors. And being as I mainly use this for games. SCII, Diablo 3, BF3 will be the games primary using the system for (with some video capture and editing from them), but mostly just playing the games. I've looked at the CPU Hierarchy Chart for gaming so I know this CPU is only 1 tier ahead of my current CPU so I will not notice much of a difference, but as I said I'm moreover looking to increase the life of the system a bit longer before doing a full mobo/cpu upgrade. The GPU is also being upgraded to an nVidia GTX 680 whenever they start coming back into stock.
Current Setup (sorry if I forgot any info you need)
Mobo: Asus M4A87TD EVO
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2Ghz
PSU: OCZ ZT Series 750w
RAM: 8GB DDR3 @ 1333Mhz (G.skill Ripjaw supposed to be 1600mhz but I have random hard freeze @ 1600)
GPU: HIS RadeonHD 6870 1GB
Boot Drive: Crucial M4 128GB
Storage Drive: WD Caviar Black 1.5TB
Monitor: Asus 27" @ 1920x1080
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
So pretty much would it be worthwhile to upgrade the CPU even what little it is at this point and time or will the system ride fine till at least the 2nd generation of the Ivy Bridge processors?
Yes the above two are correct. Buying 980 as a an upgrade is more or less a replacement since theres not much difference between the two.. As amuffin said better overclock and wait for the Ivy Bridge. Or leave it as its. Ivy bridge launch isnt faraway is it?