Ok so I pulled the trigger the morning of the 29th and ordered a 3770k from Newegg, but I am thinking I may have wasted money. My current setup seems to be working just fine so if it aint broke don't fix it right? I am working with an i5 2500k on an Asus z68 pro/gen flashed with new bios for ivy, and a GTX 680 card.
I don't plan on going SLI anytime in the near future, and all I do is game(Battlefield 3) on this machine so no real use for hyper threading. Should I just return the cpu and get refunded since my 2500k is still a performer? Also if I get refunded should I get a 3570k to take advantage of PCIE 3.0? Or is 3.0 only useful if I am using more gpu's and monitors.
I was thinking of just getting refunded and grabbing a corsair h100 to squeeze a little better oc out of this 2500k, and have some money in my pocket.
What would you guys do? Keep the i5 2500k and snag a corsair h100, refund and buy a 3570k and sell my i5 2500k, or just keep the 3770k?
I was more worried about the pcie 3.0 for future proofing with SLI, but was a dumb mistake.
I don't think the initial implementation of PCIe 3.0 would future proof anything. You only have 16 lanes available which equates to the same thing as 32 lanes of PCIe 2.0. We've had this much bandwidth since the X58 platform with 36 lanes of PCIe 2.0.
When Intel introduces a platform with more than 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0 available and Nvidia or AMD introduce a GPU requiring more than 8 lanes of PCIe 2.0 worth of bandwidth, then I'd start considering PCIe 3.0 important. Otherwise, there's no reason for it at this time. PCI 3.0 is not even necessary at this time with more GPUs or more than one monitor.
Stick with your 2500K. Take the money you get and consider SLI. The H100 might be OK. What kind of cooler are you using now?
hyper 212 plus. SLI probably not in my future till way later down the road perhaps.
I'm not so sure you'll see great gains with more of an OC using an H100, but it would be great to find out for the science of it. Either way, this would be one of those relatively high-cost/low-reward types of things with the H100.