Sorry but I'm getting the vibe you misread my 480 for a 580 but thank you(sadly can't get a gpu upgrade for a while though), my last processor is a Q9650 at 3.0Ghz and 4gb of ddr2 RAM at 400mhz (I'm guessing it's actually 800) so I'm looking for a vast performance increase.
What made me upgrade was that my harddrive was filling up, only had like 30 put of 1000gb left and the old mobo asus p5q plus only had 3gb/s SATA.
Anyway, i was having to play BF3 at low settings where it still stuttered now and then... So I was hoping you'd be able to tell me how this new setup will work.
Well honestly BF3 should have played with that last setup at medium settings just fine. Im here to tell you, you can have the worlds best video card and processor but if you dont have a good install of windows and all the latest drivers, games will not perform how they are supose to.
Well I'm biting my lip right now because I just found the memory remap option in my bios yesterday (always had to use only 3.3Gb of my 4gb RAM). So when I made it so my whole 4gb could be used I played bf3 and it played fine and then I put it up to ultra and even then I played fine but I could see on my task manager my RAM was around the 3.8gb area and that must be why it was going so slow due to it having to use VRAM instead... Now I just need to feel better about my purchase lol.
oh ok... no there is no reason to regret your buy... you are making you computer stronger and more up to date... so there is no reason to feel bad about it... eventually you should get a new graphics but other than that you made a good choice
Bulldozer and Piledriver both will be better with the release of Windows 8... Its just the simple fact that Windows does not allocate threads to the correct core so its not max'ed out. Also, I hear, but with no confirm from AMD, that Piledriver will support Quad Channel Memory... If this is so, Piledriver systems could see 20%+ improvement considering the difference that would bring to the memory bandwidth.
I've never heard of the Piledrivers before. It's a funny name for a cpu. haha. I don't like what I've heard or seen from Windows 8 however except from it's boot times and what you've just said. But see how you're saying Windows 8 will now allocate threads properly, would that not be the same for the intel cpu's as well?
Windows 8 Release Preview actually gives about 10% better performance overall in games. I really like Windows 8 and the people that dont, are simply ignorant, they are not good with change. Microsoft has done a really great job with it, yes its a big learning curve, but I find everything in a much easier place to locate. I wont be flipping between 20 different menus just to reset my wireless adapter or whatever, everything has been made much simpler.