Hey, I recently got £150 ($237.78USD) for my birthday and was thinking of getting an upgrade for my computer. I'm happy with my graphics setup (see below) and I'm thinking of upgrading my CPU and mobo. Question is, which first? My current mobo is AM3, not sure those take bulldozer, as it doesn't say so in the mobo page, although I don't think it's been updated for years. Should I get a 990FX mobo, or bulldozer CPU first? And yes, i can use the full power of bulldozer as I regularly host servers that max out my CPU usage. Can anyone point in the direction I should go? Sorry if this post seems a bit confused. It's very cold in Scotland!
Mobo: M4A78XTD EVO
CPU: AMD Phenom ii X4 965 (Didn't get very lucky with OC capabilities)
GFX: 2 x Radeon 5770
Big aftermarket CPU cooler
128GB SSD + 720GB raid setup
My friend said I should wait for Ivy Bridge to come out and get a cheap Intel processor + mobo. Is that an option, Or should I stick with AMD? I don't mind getting a good mobo and waiting to get a better processor later, if I stick with my current PII X4.
The main improvement on ivy bridge is its IGP. however you already have discrete graphics card so that wont help you out. People are prediciting a 5-15% performance improvement but there are also rumors of ivy bridge running hot and not being able to overclock as well as the sandy bridge.
If you can save some more money getting the i5-3570k would be great. There are currently selling for around 230 euros or 300 us dollars at the moment. Since you host servers, i dont know if you want to get the cheaper i3 since its on a dual core. But im not sure how much hyper threading helps over more cores.