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I have been looking to try Song of the Deep. If you have never played Day of the Tentacle that one is a classic. Amazing to see the number of developers and writers that threw in for this very worthy cause.
Let me say, while I appreciate the artsy fartsy early Genesis, I like Patrick Bateman prefer the slightly less challenging but catchy grooves of Phil Collins.
@trooster89 what did you go with so far for GPU / SSD?
For Christmas if you do not want to wait on a platform change you can go in a few directions. With DX12 and Vulkan more processing threads in parallel are supposed to see bigger gains in games. I'd want a CPU that does eight threads in some fashion on another coming from a quad core like you are right now. You could go AM3+ get something like the 8320 on it and get some more DDR3 for the board and I can say that performs nicely in modern games because that's similar to what I am running now, but honestly, I'm not sure I'd spend money on that platform.
If you want to keep the best budget and salvage some of your RAM, maybe buy a matching kit run 8GB on an LGA1150 you could get a Xeon E3 1231V3 (which is just an i7 with the integrated graphics turned off), Pair it with a reasonably priced Z97 board and you have a reasonably priced platform upgrade with a CPU that should have some legs.
If you want to though you could go spring for a Skylake build on a core i7 and DDR4 RAM. Figure you are going to spend about $200 more than the stuff listed above but you will have the latest Intel platform.
DDR3 vs. DDR4, here is how I see it. From a performance per clock standpoint on traditional threaded operations, once you hit DDR31600 and have an adequate amount of RAM for the task at hand, you won't see much from the extra bandwidth. DDR4 could be phenomenal for integrated graphics where they could utilize that extra bandwidth for shared VRAM. It's remarkable to me that AMD has sat this out for as long as they have because the one thing on the CPU side that they have done really well is their integrated graphics for people that want to run that way. That's where the value of DDR4 is and honestly you won't see it as much because you have a nice hunk of DDR5 super RAM doing it's magic for you on your GPU, so you just need enough on the board to feed the card. 8GB should be fine, but 16GB is fairly future proof if you want to budget for it.
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