I am starting to reconsider my Haswell PC idea and just might get the i5-3570K. I realized that I will definitely be paying a premium for the first 6 months when it comes out for maybe just a 10% increase in processing power over Ivy Bridge. Meanwhile, it's the christmas season and there are sales all over the place for 1155 motherboards, RAM and coolers.
I currently have a Q6600 l overclocked to 3.4. I buy these parts for gaming and I am wondering what to do. The consensus seems to be that I should NOT wait for Haswell because of minimal performance boost and “new shiny” CPU price.
The bigger question I have is should I get the i5 3570k, Mobo and Ram or , just get a gtx 670 upgraded from a 560ti? What will give me a bigger performance boost? I would really like to be set for at least 2 years of gaming. If I go the CPU, mobo, ram route, I will definitely need to hold off on getting the GPU for at least half a year.
My comp specs are:
GTX 560ti FPB 1gb
8GB of DDR2 800
SSD C Drive
Seasoninc 750W PSU
I would bet that the Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q6600 even overclock is already bottlenecking the GTX 560ti. Going from an Intel Core 2 Quad to a 1st generation Intel Core i5 should yeild around 15% to 20%. From the 1st generation Intel Core i5 to a 2nd generation Intel Core i5 you get maybe 10% to 15% improvement in performance. From the 2nd generation Intel Core i5 to the 3rd generation Intel Core i5 would give around 6% and all of these are at the same speed. So really you are looking at a 30%+ performance by going from the old processor to the Intel Core i5-3570K and then whatever you can get from overclocking of it.
I would say that you will see more performance improvement from a new board and processor.
i had a Q6600 G0 stepping oc'd to 3.3ghz with a 5850 1gb card, 4GB of ram.
Playing BF3 at 1900x1200 i had to play with everything on low to get decent fps that stayed aroudn 30-40fps - but often enough closer to 30fps.
i swapped in an i53570K, 16gb of ram on an Asrock z77 extreme4 mobo, stuck with the same 5850 card and now in BF3 with everything on High and Ultra I get 45-60fps (v-sync is on) and closer to 60fps more often than not.
going from a q6600 to an i5 was a huge upgrade gaming wise for me.