Basically I have a 6850 and it's being bottlenecked I believe by my terrible Core 2 Duo E4700
Games such as GTA IV, Battlefield 3, Far Cry 3 and all the new(and even some old) titles
at first I just thought about getting an i5 3570k, but I earn £100 a month, if you're from the US then put it this way, a 3570k costs £170 here a low end z77 board costs about £60 and 8GB of Vengeance/Kingston/Gskill etc. RAM costs £30-40
that's an expensive upgrade for me and I really don't care for raw power in my computer, i've never owned a fast computer and I have no desire for 20 second rendering and high 3d mark stats, all I want is a responsive system that can play games smoothly
so I was thinking about something on the AMD side, I could grab an x4 Ahtlon 651 or 631 for around £50, a motherboard for £40 and ram is the same price of course...
so can someone tell me what wont bottleneck my 6850 and possibly a 7850 or an 8850(since by the time I can afford it, the 8000 series should be released)
if this is the wrong section let me know, since this concerns Graphics cards but mostly CPUs I figured I'd go for CPU area
Any questions or suggestions are welcomed, thanks.
Yeah I was thinking that and it's a good point, but I'm worried I will have to completely upgrade again when haswells come out, because they aren't on the 1155 platform? right?
idk, I guess you're right, i've looked at some benchmarks and its pretty impressive, I just wont want to make the same mistake as last time when I upgraded from Pentium D to Core2duo on the same 775 platform, only to get a minute performance difference
Correct, Haswell won't be on the LGA 1155. However, from what I'm hearing Haswell isn't going to focus a lot on raw performance gains, its going to be more about lowering wattage. Some of Intel's data from the recent developer's conferences suggests 10%~ faster over Ivy Bridge. Not all that exciting if you ask me. Since their biggest competitor isn't AMD anymore and now it's ARM, not that surprising either.