What would be the best CPU to upgrade to for my current rig?

crysisman546

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I'm looking to upgrade both my CPU and possibly motherboard (if i choose to go Intel over AMD). I own and play some CPU intensive games such as Battlefield 3 and 4, GTA V, Saints Row IV, etc and i wanted to know what CPU would be the best upgrade from my current FX-8350 in terms of performance? (It can be an Intel CPU too)

Specs:

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid-Size

Monitor: Samsung S22C150 21.5' Inch 1080p, 60Hz

GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4gb (No OC)

CPU: AMD FX-8350 8-Core Black Edition (No OC)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb

Disk Drive: Samsung SH-224DB / BEBE DVD/CD Writer

Cooling Fan: Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Red

PSU: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit (upgraded from Windows 7 Home 64-Bit)
 

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There's nowhere meaningful to go from an FX8350 on the AM3+ platform. You're either now, looking for an Intel build, or waiting until Zen lands in the next 6-9 months (in volume).
 

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Meh, i just decided that instead of AMD i'd go Intel. I am looking at the Intel i5 6600k if that's a pretty beastly CPU?
 

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It is very good, but if you have the budget the i7 is worth it (but really depends on the games you play).

If you're into those big map/player count MMOs (like BattleField 1), or maybe like to do things like streaming/recording or other gaming multitasks.....then it will certainly help.

If you're not an over-clocker, then I'd look at the locked i7 and a board to match, rather than spending extra on the cooling and Z-board to make it worth while. Of course if you ever planned on adding a second 970 for higher frames/resolution, then planning for that can change it a bit.
 

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