I'm currently using an AMD 1075t with an AMD 6950 2GB. It seems like in some games that my CPU might be bottlenecking my GPU. Games such as Shogun 2: Total war, Mount and Blade Warband, and Skyrim are good examples of this occurring. My budget is around $200, and my motherboard is a Gigabyte 870a-UD3 that supports only AMD. The AMD 980 black edition on newegg looked promising to me. The AMD FX 8150 also looked promising, but I suspect that my motherboard doesn't support it, and it might be a bit overkill. Any advice on finding a new cpu will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the advice. I'm currently using liquid cooling, so I should be fine there. I also suppose I forgot to mention that I'm using my computer strictly for gaming, so the extra two cores kind of go to waste. The box my Motherboard came in claims support for AMD Phenom-II x6, AMD Athlon-II x4, and the AMD 870 chipset.
I'm slightly confused, does this mean that my motherboard won't support the 980? I know almost completely nothing about motherboards. If so, that's unfortunate. I wish I had gotten a better motherboard when I bought my computer. Will the performance increase in my games be enough to warrant buying the 965?
I did some searching and found out my bios version is F2. Looks like I'll need to update that. Since my motherboard will support the 980 with the update, I think I'll avoid the 965, and go for that since I can afford it.
Edit: My 1075t isn't a black edition, and is running at whatever is standard.
So it wouldn't be a better alternative to attempt to OC my 1075t? I have no experience with overclocking CPUs the easy way, let alone the "old school" way. Also, when update to F5, does the motherboard revision matter? I'm unsure of what revision my motherboard is. Gigabyte has pages for every revision. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...
Do you think it matters? I suppose I could open up my computer to find the revision number, just to be safe.
Thanks for your advice. I think I'll be getting the 980. I'll try to buy it before the $15 discount is lifted. How much of an increase in FPS can I expect in, say, Skyrim. My AMD 6950 isn't overclocked.