Okay, I've been building for a while. I put two Athlon MP 1600's on a motherboard once and somehow the 20pin atx connector melted to the mobo. So I've been around a little while, but I need help. I have some money for college to spend. Of course, some of that is going to upgrade my computer. I'm running an AMD a8 6600k. It can OC to 4.5ghz and stay cool with my Hyper 212 evo. I've been researching upgrading, and of course I thought the $330 4790k was my answer. Then I saw some benchmarks showing my a8 @ 4.5ghz, when paired with discrete GPU, a powerful one like a 780 gtx or r9 290x, is just as fast almost. About 95% as fast. By this point I was already thinking an i5 would of been enough. Do I even need to upgrade my CPU? what do you think? It would save a lot of money by not getting a whole new mobo and processor. Would the performance be worth it @ 1080p? Second, the GPU. At first the R9 290, oc'ed, seems plenty powerful enough, especially for the money. Then I saw benchies on an EVGA 780 GTX Ti Classified with the core @ 1300 mhz and memory at 7400 mhz, on air. Jesus, thats a huge clock difference compared even to the OC'ed r9 290. But it costs roughly twice as much. $380 vs $700. Is 25% fps, roughly, in the best situations, worth $420? Help me guys. I'm starting to realize I could keep this quadcore at 4.5ghz, put in an r9 290, oc it and for the total cost of $380 be close enough to an: i5, or i7, with a 780 gtx ti, at roughly $1000 with mobo. What do? Get the 780 gtx ti classy, oc'ed to heaven's doorstep? Would that be worth it without buying a new CPU? Is it worth it at all compared to an r9 290 for so much cheaper? Should I spend the money to upgrade the cpu and mobo? If so, should I go all the way and get the i7 @ 4.0 ghz stock, 4.4 turbo? Jeez, I could lock that thing in @ 4.6ghz and call it a day. So I want opinions, and facts. I'd love to hear what you all think is worth what, for how much money. Also, those of you who have owned both, being the CPU's or GPU's, tell me what you think. Was the performance difference worth the cash?