I currently am running an FX6300 based rig, here is a full list of specs: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mmBwTW
I want to upgrade to an intel cpu. I was originally planning on going for a 6600k, but I've also been considering the possibility of getting a 4790k. If I go with the 6600k I would be on the newer platform, plus with the mobo and ram I would probably get it comes out a little cheaper than the i7. But with the 4790k I would have 8 threads and I could reuse my current ram, which I have no issue with currently.
I mainly use my pc for gaming and music production. Which cpu is the better choice for me?
Xeon 1231v3, overclocking probably isn't going to be worth it. Really though an i5 is probably going to be fine, or you could OC your 6300 to like 4.5ghz or something if possible to reduce the CPU bottleneck.
upgrading to an 8 core isn't going to be worth it, your per core performance would still be the same
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CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($241.80 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($61.98 @ Newegg)
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Could wait another 8ish months for Zen. Maybe drop in an 8320 for the time being as your mobo can certainly handle it.
I agree, if you can afford to wait and see how Zen performs you might be able to stick with AMD. And as for worrying about how many threads the CPU can handle, make sure that your music programming is multi threaded or there is no point as you just need to worry about single core performance.
4790K and re-use your ram, is what i would go for.
With the 4790K you can re-use your ram, so that will save some money.
And the extra threads are allways handy.
I was in your predicament but slightly worse since I flashed my mobo the same mobo that you have right now with the same cpu. I effectively killed the motherboard since I couldn't even play League of Legends properly on it because I probably forgot to reset the motherboard to Factory Settings before flashing when I was trying to get a better overclock on my somewhat poorly binned. Then soon after I had a course in Certificate 3 Games Design at school that I had to do, had some money that I got from the Goverment that was enough to go Intel. Went out got a H81 Motherboard and a Xeon E3 1231v3 cpu and I was happy that I got some extra performance out of the upgrade but the price with the games that I played and it was much quieter since I don't have to deal with a FX 6300 being pushed to its limits.. I ended up ditching the Certificate 3 course half way cause I didn't like it so never really got to use the rendering power of the Xeon E3 but in your case it would help out immensely in music production.