So, I like to build a computer about every two years. Two years ago, I built the following:i7-870 (2.93 Turbo to 3.2)Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3
8GB (4x2GB) OCZ 1600 RAMMSi nVidia 670
(Recently upgraded from an eVGA nVidia 460 768MB
)128GB OCZ Vertex3 SSD
(Primary)240GB OCZ Agility3 SSD
(just recently added to store games)1TB Samsung F3
(Storage)CoolerMaster 690 IICorsair H50
Normally, I'm eager to get the latest and greatest mainly because there is such a leap in speed between my previous computer and what is available. BUT...I don't feel that way this time.
I'm quite content with my 870. With the CPU cooler, it always runs at 3.2 when in use. I think I have some real decent hardware in the computer (and I would re-use if I were to build again). I have never sat at my computer and thought, "Geez! get done already!" - and I have always felt that way previously.
I game, surf, some "office" work (Word, Excel, PP), but no video editing; vary rarely will I convert audio files.
So my question is two-fold:
1 Is it worth upgrading to Ivy Bridge? Will I really see a dramatic increase in performance?
2 Since Ivy Bridge is the "tick", has anyone heard what we can expect from the next generation of CPUs (the infamous "tock" in Intel's release cadence)?
I appreciate your assistance!