Re: Help with a system upgrade
Games are 90% dependent on the GPU for performance as most games are not heavily multi-threaded. The CPU clock wise is a tad slow, but still performs rather decent with a good GPU. Only a few games will be held back, Crysis 3 being a good example. A Q6600 is still rather respectable for gaming even today.
Your best option is to up the 7770. If you just bought it you can return it and I would put more money towards a 7850, or a 7870 is possible.
As far as money wise upgrading your CPU combo you have a few options.
3570k and Z77 board. Current hardware, available now.
Wait for Haswell which is the next mainstream Intel platform. 10% CPU increase over current Ivy Bridge, less power consumption, less heat. That would be a 4570k and Z87 setup.
Get an AMD FX 8350 which has respectable performance vs 3570k but is more power hungry, thus giving off more heat and a 990FX motherboard.
Right now, you won't find many games that will give the 8350 a performance advantage as it doesn't have 8 true cores. Next gen in 2-3 years may, but by then I think we will see hex mainstream chips from Intel that will give much more single threaded performance. That's an educated guess but next gen consoles are slower 8 core units and I don't see devs utilizing all 8 any time soon at 100%. So a high end quad will still give off good performance for quite a while. That decision is entirely up to you which route you save money for and go.
No the PSU situation isn't as bad as I make it out to be. I just do not trust OCZ units, or their companies financial situation.
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