Worthwhile upgrade for PII 965BE
I have a 790x chipset gigabyte board. It is capable of taking a 1090T or 1100T. However those CPUs are running around 170-180 used. I have been looking at the old Core I7 920s which were four core with hyperthreading. Mobo/CPU combos run around 250-270. All the new I7 systems are up there in price range. 300 bucks just for the cpu usually and another 100-150 for mobo. Would the I5s be a worth while upgrade at all? I've read the piledrivers aren't that good for crunching due to being integer driven instead of floating point. Not even sure a new CPU would give more of a bump for the cost. GPU seems to be where it is at. Might be worth buying a 2nd 580GTX and new PSU.
Rig 1. AMD FX 8350, Zalman CNPS9900ALED, MSI 990FXA-GD80, MSI R9 290 4GB, Corsair Pro HX 750, Antec 300 Illusion, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (DDR3 2133) Win 8.1 Pro x64,