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Is it worth upgrading to 3570k?

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October 31, 2012 6:45:12 PM

I'm looking to update my rig when I get the cash to something faster. My rig is fine for now, but I don't want to be held back when more modern games come out.
My current rig:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 4.0GHz with Corsair H60 Push/Pull
MSI Radeon 6850 @ 965 Core,1180 Mem, stock volts.
Gelid Solutions aftermarket graphics card cooler.
Asus M5A97 970 AM3+ motherboard
Wintec 4x2gb 1600 DDR3 RAM
OCZ ModXStream 600W PSU
Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM HDD


I'm hoping to upgrade my cpu and gpu mostly. I wanted to upgrade to an Asus 7870 and a 3570k or a 2500k, depending on the budget (cpus are the same price, but I'm pretty sure sandy bridge mobos are cheaper)

Will it be worth buying a new cpu, or should I just buy the 7870? I plan on overclocking both and I'm concerned my Phenom will bottleneck my GPU, thats probably the main reason why I want to upgrade the CPU as well.

So is it worth it, for pure gaming performance? Will my current CPU Bottleneck a 7870?

Thanks for reading :)  Bullshit fanboy comments will be ignored.

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October 31, 2012 6:56:00 PM

Upgrading to a Radeon HD7870 will NOT bottleneck. The Phenom II X4's still have plenty of life left in them for gaming and I would just upgrade your GPU for your :) 

I would highly advise waiting for Haswell before upgrading.

On a side note, have you considered the HD7950? They're a bit more expensive but the performance is worth the cost ;) 
October 31, 2012 9:02:49 PM

Nah I was already considering a 6950, and the 7870 was the one that was just "a bit more expensive "...So yeah, the 7870 was already pushing my budget as is.
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a c 109 à CPUs
October 31, 2012 9:07:35 PM

HD7870 is still a great card, no worries :)  However, my previous recommendation stays the same. Stay with the Phenom II X4 a bit longer; it's not a bottleneck.
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October 31, 2012 9:23:19 PM

To know if there will be bottlenecks, we have to know what games you want to play at what settings. Before that, we have no way of telling you. There is no gaming litmus test, all games are different.
October 31, 2012 9:27:06 PM

did you see the deal for 7870 for $185 after $15 rebate today on Tom's Daily Deals?
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October 31, 2012 9:30:18 PM

cuecuemore said:
To know if there will be bottlenecks, we have to know what games you want to play at what settings. Before that, we have no way of telling you. There is no gaming litmus test, all games are different.

Even if OP were to experience slight bottlenecks, it would be nothing major to the point he can't play any modern title. The Phenom II X4 965 has proven itself to be a great budget performer among the Tom's community (equivalent to the i3 in most cases, which is a great budget performer as well) and pairing this CPU up with a fairly beefy GPU is a great choice.
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October 31, 2012 9:33:18 PM

I'd certainly agree in general, the only problem is if OP wants to play, say, SC2 and nothing else. In that case a 3570k would be a much bigger up than a 7870.
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October 31, 2012 9:37:29 PM

cuecuemore said:
I'd certainly agree in general, the only problem is if OP wants to play, say, SC2 and nothing else. In that case a 3570k would be a much bigger up than a 7870.

True, true. Those CPU-bound games would definitely benefit more from an Intel chip at the moment.
October 31, 2012 10:22:14 PM

Furthermore upgrading your CPU before it gets outdated, means that when you would start to experience bottlenecks with your 965, the chip you have upgraded to will probably be slightly outdated, whereas if you'd held onto the 965 you'd have the money to upgrade to the most modern chips available.
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