My roommate and I are looking to upgrade our hardware again. His upgrade is prompted out of necessity (i7-920, HD-5750 x2) where mine is a result of my addiction. We've been debating which chips to build our next rigs around. I'm leaning towards an Ivy Bridge Extreme "budget" build where as he is leaning towards an i7-4770k Haswell build. Now I'm not about to start comparing piece for piece, considering the IB-E is still months away from release, my real questions is about the Extreme Editions chips as a whole.
How would a 6c/12t processor benefit me on a regular basis? I'm a gamer first and foremost, but I use my PC as a HTPC as well. I'm running a 55" tv, and two 32" monitors on it. There is always a movie, or Hulu running on the large screen, while browsing and gaming on the other two monitors. That about sums up my computer use. I'm looking at the "long term" with an investment in an EE processor. I figure I could hold off until the Haswell-E and maybe upgrade to that, if performance improvements warrant it. Is daily use improved from a non-EE to an EE rig? I can't find any information about upcoming or existing games that utilize the 6 core processors. Will there be more of them coming out now that the next gen consoles will be x86 based with higher core counts?
Even if the FPS increase is minimal, I want to squeeze the most out of my rig and I would like to convince him to do the same.