I currently have an e8400 @ 4ghz/asus p5k mobo/4gb gskill pc8500 ram and am looking to possibly upgrade to an i5 3550... The reason I'm going for the 3550 is that I don't plan on overclocking in the future... I am just wondering how big of a jump I'd see in general use and gaming (mostly mmo's and a couple FPS games) going from the e8400 with ddr2 ram up to a new ivy bridge i5 3550 with 8gb of ddr3 ram?
I know the haswell line is supposedly coming out next year but with the holidays coming up I was thinking about possibly making the jump to IB if its worth it... I found someone who will buy my old mobo/cpu/ram for $150 which would help towards the new mobo/ram
it would be a huge leap. you will notice better frame rates rates in games, overrall your system responsiveness and feel would be leaps better.
but do add a fast hdd and ssd otherwise your old hdd may hinder your system responsiveness
depends on your gpu. In general performance, it wouldn't be much difference, you will feel it be snappier but it isn't going to be something you'd notice. In games the fps won't change much if you have a really old gpu but should increase slightly.
I did the exact same thing, from E8400 @ 3.0 GHZ to an i5 3550, and it really didn't too much in general use. Gaming is where these CPU's really shine, as it'll actually be using the extra cores the i5 has. Getting a SSD would impact it MUCH MORE than just upgrading from a e8400 to an i5. Especially for general use.
If you are gaming, then the i5 will be much better.
I'm not too familiar with non overclockable boards, but alot of people seem to suggest the H77 Pro(3 or 4, can't remember) MVP from Asrock.
Also, get some decent 1600 mhz ram, its very hard to go wrong with ram, as long as its 1.5 volts. Perhaps some Corsair Vengeance Low profiles might put you in a good position.
I went from an E8400 at 4Ghz and 4GB of DDR2 800 to this 2600K at 4.5Ghz and 8GB of DDR3 1600 and kept the same GTX 460 1GB and same OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD with both systems. There is a huge difference between the two processors. I had this 2600K overclocked since I bought it the week it was released in January 2011 though so I can't compare the 2 at stock speeds.
I'm running a gtx460 and I do have an SSD in my current setup. what about going with something like the i3 3220 and a newer gpu, would I see more performance then as opposed to going up to a 3550 with my current gpu
You would see a gaming dfference that way but overall not as much as going to a quad. I don't recommend going from a dual to a dual unless you just can't afford even the lower end quads.
You can always upgrade to a quad now and keep the GTX 460. I keep saying I'm going to upgrade to a GTX 670 but the 460 keeps letting me max just about every game I play at 1920 x 1080. I don't ply FPS type games too much though and I tend to get games when they go on sale at Steam or Origin so I'm about a year behind on the games I play. The only ones I can think of I bought when they were new lately was Skyrim and Mass Effect 3.