I've just got the go ahead from my wife to get a new PC.
My old rig is well... OLD.
Athlon X2 6000+ Black
4 gig Corsair ddr2 mem
160 gig WD 5400 HDD
Nvidia 9500 gt. My 8800 GTS 320 died a few months ago Alas.
Win 7 64 Score 4.9
Creative Xi-fi SB
This is what I ordered from Cyberpower
CAS: Raidmax Viper Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ 1x USB 3.0 Port & Side Window Panel [-6] (White Color [+1])
CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.60 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology [+0]
FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)
HDD: 128 GB OCZ Vertex 4 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s - 535 MB/s Read & 200 MB/s Write [-22] (Single Drive)
HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+99] (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+83] (Kingston HyperX [+0])
MONITOR: 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 ASUS VS247H-P LCD [+157]
MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ On/Off Charge, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [-7]
POWERSUPPLY: * 750 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+71]
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: will move Xi-fi over
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+155] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
Can I expect a 7.9 win 7 score?
Also the unanswerable question...
Since I have 2 weeks to anticipate the arrival, how much faster really is this build going to be than the existing one I have now?
I am expecting a jaw dropping difference in performance.
I mainly use my PC for Photoshop, dreamweaver, and sound/video editing, but I may also play some games (Metro 2033, and Diablo 3)
Am I just kidding myself or has Technology really gotten that much faster in 5 years?
There is no doubt in my mind that this new build will outperform your old one. Tech has changed tremendously in the past 5 years. Not a big fan of the FX series. But by the looks of it. You will be using programs that actually use its cores. It would help to post your budget.
not big fan for liquid cooling..i pefer for long life of a pc is the old standard air fans. having a pump/tube or having to flush the system out do to plant growth not my thing. for the money saved on the lq system i would use it for a better video card. http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4869/nvidia_geforce_gt...
the 7xxx line is amd updates refresh of the 6000 cards. there going to be a little faster and use less power then the older 6000 cards. on nvidia side as you can see the new 660ti when it comes out at the price point that it does come out it going to be a very nice card for gaming rigs.
You will see a HUGE increase in performance from your old computer. I too would not have gone with a Bulldozer CPU over a Sandy or Ivy Bridge build but it should be good for your stated uses.
I would expect from WEI ( and WEI is a really crappy benchmark ).
CPU - 7.5
RAM - 7.8
Graphics - 7.6
SSD - 7.7
Just a guess but I would think those will be at least very close.
My scores to compare.
2600K @ 4.5Ghz - 7.8
8GB DDR3 1600 - 7.8
GTX 460 1GB - 7.4
OCZ Vertex 2 120GB - 7.6
As far as I know it's not possible to score a 7.9. Maybe a ~4.5Ghz 6 core LGA 2011 with 32GB of RAM and RAID 0 256GB SSDs and dual GTX 690s
Thanks everybody, I have never owned an Intel. I know that performance wise they are superior, but if fanboys like me didn't cheap out and give amd some scratch every once in a while, Intel wouldn't need to tick and tock...
Buy budget was 1000. I was going to get a 7770, but I spent 45 dollars over budget and went with the 6850 2 gig. I've always been green before this will be my first radeon but I couldnt justify another 150 bucks for a nicer video card.