i7 is great to have, but the price is ridiculous and I am not paying that even though I have the money.
I am well aware that Piledriver cores are sort of a joke, but there is a lot of them and multithreading is on the rise.
Ah, just yesterday I have read that long rant about how Asrock has horrific customer "support". Maybe, my current MB is Asrock too and... well, the mouse PS2 died quite early on, but that wasn't worth a 30 day return cycle so I bought a USB mouse and it was smooth sailing from there.
So yea, some more classy manufacturer would be nice... Hoooowever, only Asrock seems to offer all the SATA connectors I desire for less than 150 € in my region. For that kind of cash I can buy 2 or 3 Asrock boards. Like them or not, my options are limited at best. Customer reviews of availible PCI SATA controllers were rather bad too.
I do not say what the primary funtion is, because it is to become my personal home rig and it has no primary function.
As I said in the priorities list, this PC is supposed to be decent at everything, but not necessarily beastly, because I am well aware that the above builds aren't and... Let me tell you why I decided to upgrade:
1) need more HDD than fit in current board and case
2) current rig stutters when playing certain mkv files, in rare cases very badly
3) during summer HDDs heat up over 50°C which sucks and there are no options for additional cooling in current case
Storage comes first.
SSD is not storage, at least not cost effective storage. Waiting 15s or whatever longer is no big deal.
GTX 660 seems to run everything alright and should last for at least 2 years, I hope. And even though I have found a 660 Ti for 27 € more, which actually seems to make them same performance/price, the difference should be 20% at best, which sounds like a lot, but then I made a table:
15 20 25 30 35 FPS 660
18 24 30 36 42 FPS 660 Ti
15 and 18 are equally crap. 20 is bad and 24 is... almost not bad. 25 picks up from there and 30 is for the most part OK, at least for single player.
The segment where Ti is the difference between playable and crap seems rather slim and it is almost certain they will get obsolete together. Overall FPS delta is not that dramatic.
I am not a pro gamer and find demanding 60 FPS no matter what a waste of money. If I were to pursue that, 1/2 the spent money would go on the GPU, which is frivolous if not asinine since the GPU has almost no use outside of gaming.
So yea, 3570 it is I guess... AMD got their console deals so they shouldn't miss my money this time.
Thank you for your time.
When dealing with citizens, if it felt good saying it, it was wrong.