- Feb 12, 2010
For gaming, you won't really get a huge increase with any AMD upgrade. First off, hexacores perform the same as quads in games. Secondly, X2 550 is within arms reach of an X4, since a lot of games are either limited to two threads and the ones that are quad optimized don't really improve all that much from having extra threads when the cores themselves aren't any faster.
I'd recommend gathering up enough cash for a Z68/Z77 + 2500K/3570K upgrade. Wait as long as you need or spend as much as you have to in order to get a CPU that demonstrably gives you a big boost in framerates (assuming the GPU fully utilizes it). An X4 965 only improves fps in CPU bound games like FC2 by ~30%, whereas i5-2500K doubles the framerate.
What's your video card?
YUP, it's all there.
Performance to price ratio is significantly higher for INTEL right now. Overclocked or other wise.