Should i buy 8-Core AMD Processor?

I have a Gateway FX 6850-51U with the Specs below after upgrading PSU and Graphic Card:

Processor: 2nd Gen Core i7Intel i7-2600 / 3.4 GHz
Memory: 8 GB / 16 GB (max)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
Graphics Processor: XFX ATI Radeon HD7950 3GB DDR5 DD
PSU: ULTRA 1050 Power Supply
Cache Type: L3 cache

I have no idea what this thing's motherboard is. All i know is i have to get an AM3 Socket type if i go with the 8-Core AMD Processor. The one called FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz. Or just keep the i7 Core 2600 Professor? (Without the K) and upgrade the motherboard? The board in this thing has an ACER brand on it so i dunno. It doesn't look all that intresting and only has 1 PCI-E 2.0 Slot. Booooo lol. Thanks for the Advices. I'm just trying to make a better gaming system. : )
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    Hello Angelz;

    Moving from a Core i7-2600 to a FX-8150 would be a downgrade.

    AMD FX-8150 - 3.6GHz vs Intel Core i7 2600 - 3.4GHz benchmark comparison
  2. i7-2600 is MUCH faster than a FX-8150, even if you overclock the crap out of it.

    Also you would need a AM3+ mobo for FX, not AM3.
  3. Oh my gosh i didn't know that! But i heard there's no way for mine to Overclock because it doesn't have the K. But Gateway's site says i can do up to 3.8GHZ. So i dunno. I'm so glad i came to ask now otherwise i would of made a huge mistake O__O

    What is a good Gaming Motherboard for this? I have to stick to that 1155 Socket Type though. Someone a few months ago told me about Gigabyte but i want a board where i can do 2 of the same Graphic Card doing that Cross Fire thing with PCI-E 3.0 Slots.
  4. Best answer selected by Angelz.
  5. Core i7 2600 - 3.4GHz (and 3.8Ghz TurboBoost)

  6. Thanks WR2. If i can't find a good board i'll come back and ask in the Motherboard area of the site. I appreciate your help and saving me from a mistake. :)

    I think i'm gonna go with that one. Thanks again everyone.
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