Okay so I swapped out my old CPU which was an i5-2310 to the i5-3570k. I have noticed that while playing my games or even doing a file format conversion I use about 90% of the CPU. It was only hitting 50% on the old CPU. Any ideas as to why?
Cooler Master Centurion 5 II case
stock heat sinc and fan
PowerColor Radeon HD 7770
StrikeX 600W PSU
Kingston HyperX Genesis (2x8gb)
1TB Hitachi 7200
This is just speculation, but I think your new CPU is applying itself more than your previous CPU has; can you tell if the actual performance is different between the two CPUs? If this new CPU is offering even marginally improved performance, that may be an indicator.