Which CPU to upgrade to?

My rig:

OCZ Power Supply 750 watts
4 gb ddr2 RAM
AMD Phenom x4 940
HIS 7870
HA06 AMD 880G Motherboard

So I'm planning on upgrading everything in my computer except the power supply and GPU. I want to go up to an amd 970 or 990 for the motherboard and 8 gb ddr3 ram. Here's the thing, though: I don't know which cpu to get. Intel is out of the question since I'm limited to spending 200 dollars on a cpu at most.

What would you guys recommend? What does amd have to offer that won't overload my power supply but still not bottleneck my 7870?

I should point out that i do have an aftermarket cooler: the hyper 212
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  1. You say you're limited on what you can spend on the cpu but you're getting new memory and a new motherboard. What's your budget for the cpu with motherboard, we might be able to find a combo in the intel lineup for you to switch to.

    Your power supply is more than ample for any upgrade you have planned. Hell, I run an overclocked i5-3570K and GTX680 on a 450W supply.
  2. my total budget that I'd prefer to keep myself under is 400 for mobo, cpu, and ram. I haven't really found any intel cpus that go under that.
  3. couldn't I also get an i5-3570?

    my concern is being somewhat up to date for at least the next 2-3 years. That's why I was considering the fx-8350.
  4. marcooli0 said:
    couldn't I also get an i5-3570?

    my concern is being somewhat up to date for at least the next 2-3 years. That's why I was considering the fx-8350.

    Sure you could. I was just throwing some under $350 combos out there for examples of how easy it is to keep an Intel based system under your budget. I'm still using an i5-2500K and a pair of GTX 570s I bought several years ago. No game too demanding to run with max eye candy @ 1920x1080 yet.
  5. Any Ivy Bridge i5 will have no problem staying up to date for 2-3 years.

    If you could get an unlocked 3570k, it would be better but the 3470 will still serve you well.

    My 2500k hasn't been a bottleneck ever, and I doubt it will be for quite some time
  6. damn, I knew intels were much faster than amds but are they really that fast? Is a 3.4 ghz intel quad core faster than an amd quad core clocked at over 4 ghz? And what causes this, out of curiosity? (forgive my lack of knowledge about hardware)
  7. Intel IB and SB processors' architecture have a greater IPS rate than AMD's. IPS=Instructions per Second
  8. marcooli0 said:
    couldn't I also get an i5-3570?

    my concern is being somewhat up to date for at least the next 2-3 years. That's why I was considering the fx-8350.


    i consider the 8350 out of date already. its much better then the previous 8150 but its still behind.

    marcooli0 said:
    damn, I knew intels were much faster than amds but are they really that fast? Is a 3.4 ghz intel quad core faster than an amd quad core clocked at over 4 ghz? And what causes this, out of curiosity? (forgive my lack of knowledge about hardware)


    yes intel is that much faster then amd. for your budget i think it would be silly not to get an intel i5
  9. well then. Sounds like you've convinced me. I will be getting an i5 3570k then
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