What you plan to buy???
i5-3570k or 3770k for new motherboard.
i5 is enough for this and next 2 years but if you plan to stay with Z77 more than two years maybe i7-3770k worth invesment.
I spend all money on PC too, and for me 500$ is like 1500$ for someone else in West Europe or USA because situation in country.
With around 550e in pocket and X4+CH4F I thought what to do.
Stay with everything and buy GTX680, HD7970???What???
X4 is not so powerfull than I decide FX failed, I am not fell in to the trap and I will go on Intel and than NVIDIA, what is best Intel/NVIDIA platform-EVGA. I spend money on i7-3770k +Z77 FTW, sell X4 and 965 BE and with that money I will buy Force GT and H100, than I am with newest Intel platform for long time, new SATA III SSD, best CPU Cooler from one part and I can buy soon some good graphic card. I can play with 5870 most of games but I want some new Classified EVGA soon.
Other options I will stay on X4 with SATA II SSD, old cpu cooler, old platform, only new graphic card very possibile deep in bottleneck.
Now I have CPU for this new graphic and next, with AMD over with one year, can't sell, can't play, stuck. Intel is better.
Yes I want everything tomorrow but situation with money is not excelent and hard for me is to find good things than easy, one by one.
I wait sometimes 40 days some thing when I decide to buy and separate money for that. I can't go on newegg and click four times and wait like other.
Intel worth investment for little longer, I haven't money to buy every two years and I use PC mainly for games.
I hope you will be satisfed.
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