I'm currently running an AMD Phenom II x4 965 oc'd to 3.9 ghz. With this overclock, I experience a very, very slight bottleneck on my gtx 670 ftw, but overall am quite pleased with my computer, as there are little to no games I can't max out. However, I'm tempted to save up and buy an i5 3570k to maximize performance. My question to you is, will the performance gain be worth the extra ~$350 (I'm not gonna skimp on a motherboard) and give me an appreciable fps boost in games like WoW, GW2, and BF3, or would I be better off spending that money elsewhere (new ssd, better heatsink, possibly a second gpu, etc.)?
its really worth it because any further upgrades would be kind of wasted due to the cpu already bottlenecking your system , and trust me there is a huge boost of performance i went from a phenom ii x4 955 (gxz) to an i5 3450 and even that is a huge performance boost
I did this exact upgrade with that video card. Basically computer felt exactly the same, wasn't any more snappy etc. But - i did get a very solid FPS increase in games. Rift in particular over doubled.
My phenom 2 x6 was at 3.8 GHz and my 3570K is at 4.4.
Worth it - yes, especially when i don't think there is much more performance coming in the desktop space. Its all about mobile and power consumption now. Haswell will be 10-15% more than ivy now.
Okay cool. I figured this was the case, just wanted a little reinforcement. As far as z77 mobo's go, I've been looking at the Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H or the Asus P8Z77-V LGA. At this price range of ~$180-200, which of these are better, or is there another board that is better than either?