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March 22, 2013 4:05:41 PM

Hi i have recently learned about bottlenecking on GPU / CPU? So i might not be getting the fps/power i should be getting from my GPU. Anyway i'm wanting to upgrade if needed and would like help on what to buy for a upgrade.

I am currently Running:

Motherboard: Asrock N68-VS3 or something
Processor: AMD FX 4100 Quad Core
RAM: 4gb
Operating System: 32 bit. Should i get 64 bit? Can i upgrade to 64 bit?
PSU: 550w xfx core edition
GPU: Radeon HD 7870 XT - recent upgrade

Also im not too bothered about overclocking. Maybe a tiny bit of overclocking but i probably won't do it.

Am i getting the max fps with this cpu? or do i need an upgrade? I will probably also if 64 bit windows 8 if i can upgrade to 64 bit.

If so what would be a nice upgrade? Preferably cheap? maybe a few options... and whichever would be best. I read on forums about the i5-2500k so would that be a good option or i5-3570k?? but not sure what motherboard would go with the cpu's and the price range.. Any help appreciated, Thanks.

Willing to spend about £220 maybe upto £260

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March 22, 2013 4:35:50 PM

Your idea about going for the i5-3570K is a good one. I could be a typical AMD fanboy and go raving on about AMD CPU's, but the i5-3570K is one of the best gaming CPU's out there, and I can see it claiming that title for many years to come, so yes, that would be a sizeable upgrade. In terms of your operating system, 32 bit means that it supports a maximum of 4GB of RAM. With your system, 8GB would be ideal, but to support it you would need that 64 bit operating system. Your £220 budget would cover an i5-3570K and a H61 motherboard (just) but most people getting i5's prefer to go for the Z77 chipset (About £60-£70 minimum) because of the extra features.

I hope this helps!
Best Regards
Luke
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March 22, 2013 4:45:06 PM

Flightsimluke said:
Your idea about going for the i5-3570K is a good one. I could be a typical AMD fanboy and go raving on about AMD CPU's, but the i5-3570K is one of the best gaming CPU's out there, and I can see it claiming that title for many years to come, so yes, that would be a sizeable upgrade. In terms of your operating system, 32 bit means that it supports a maximum of 4GB of RAM. With your system, 8GB would be ideal, but to support it you would need that 64 bit operating system. Your £220 budget would cover an i5-3570K and a H61 motherboard (just) but most people getting i5's prefer to go for the Z77 chipset (About £60-£70 minimum) because of the extra features.

I hope this helps!
Best Regards
Luke


Thank You for replying. Well i guess the i5-3570k would be a nice upgrade. Um, could you or anyone post links or what the z77 and h61 looks like and prices on the site? I should be able to go up to maybe £260 because i am selling my old gpu soon. So i could probably get everything eventually.. Maybe just buy / save a bit longer.
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March 22, 2013 5:38:17 PM

z77 & 3570k means you have the option to OC - H61 will not allow. The reason 3570K cpus are so great is getting 4.2-4.5 GHz is fairly common - you should get a cpu cooler & go that way. Getting a cooler and OCing your current cpu could net some good results as well.
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March 22, 2013 5:48:21 PM

Well from a FX-4100 you might see a upgrade going to a i5 3570K but I can tell you if you already had a FX-8120 or FX-8350 you would see NO improvement what so ever. I build a i5 3570K rig based on a Asus Z77 Sabertooth and a i5 3570K for my 2013 rig based on a lot of feed back and found out that a performance gain just is not there.

My FX rigs are running at 4GHz as is my i5 3570K and besides the extra money it took to build the i5 I have not seen a gain in any game I have played. But like I said you might see a improvement coming from a FX-4100.
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March 23, 2013 9:28:01 AM

bryonhowley said:
Well from a FX-4100 you might see a upgrade going to a i5 3570K but I can tell you if you already had a FX-8120 or FX-8350 you would see NO improvement what so ever. I build a i5 3570K rig based on a Asus Z77 Sabertooth and a i5 3570K for my 2013 rig based on a lot of feed back and found out that a performance gain just is not there.

My FX rigs are running at 4GHz as is my i5 3570K and besides the extra money it took to build the i5 I have not seen a gain in any game I have played. But like I said you might see a improvement coming from a FX-4100.


Hmm well i'm wanting to upgrade and just need to know what i5 3570k and motherboard would cost less than £230?
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March 28, 2013 5:17:56 PM

Janny1993UK said:
bryonhowley said:
Well from a FX-4100 you might see a upgrade going to a i5 3570K but I can tell you if you already had a FX-8120 or FX-8350 you would see NO improvement what so ever. I build a i5 3570K rig based on a Asus Z77 Sabertooth and a i5 3570K for my 2013 rig based on a lot of feed back and found out that a performance gain just is not there.

My FX rigs are running at 4GHz as is my i5 3570K and besides the extra money it took to build the i5 I have not seen a gain in any game I have played. But like I said you might see a improvement coming from a FX-4100.


Hmm well i'm wanting to upgrade and just need to know what i5 3570k and motherboard would cost less than £230?


Ebuyer seems the cheapest, with the two components as follows:
Intel i5-3570K(£179.92):
http://www.ebuyer.com/349029-intel-core-i5-3570k-3-4ghz...
Gigabyte GA-Z77 DS3H Motherboard(£68.93):
http://www.ebuyer.com/386271-gigabyte-ga-z77-ds3h-socke...

The total price is £248.85 inc. Shipping, but it's definitely worth the extra £18.85

Regards
Luke
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March 28, 2013 8:07:23 PM

Flightsimluke said:
Janny1993UK said:
bryonhowley said:
Well from a FX-4100 you might see a upgrade going to a i5 3570K but I can tell you if you already had a FX-8120 or FX-8350 you would see NO improvement what so ever. I build a i5 3570K rig based on a Asus Z77 Sabertooth and a i5 3570K for my 2013 rig based on a lot of feed back and found out that a performance gain just is not there.

My FX rigs are running at 4GHz as is my i5 3570K and besides the extra money it took to build the i5 I have not seen a gain in any game I have played. But like I said you might see a improvement coming from a FX-4100.


Hmm well i'm wanting to upgrade and just need to know what i5 3570k and motherboard would cost less than £230?


Ebuyer seems the cheapest, with the two components as follows:
Intel i5-3570K(£179.92):
http://www.ebuyer.com/349029-intel-core-i5-3570k-3-4ghz...
Gigabyte GA-Z77 DS3H Motherboard(£68.93):
http://www.ebuyer.com/386271-gigabyte-ga-z77-ds3h-socke...

The total price is £248.85 inc. Shipping, but it's definitely worth the extra £18.85

Regards
Luke


Okay thank you very much Luke
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March 29, 2013 11:46:17 AM

Janny1993UK said:
Flightsimluke said:
Janny1993UK said:
bryonhowley said:
Well from a FX-4100 you might see a upgrade going to a i5 3570K but I can tell you if you already had a FX-8120 or FX-8350 you would see NO improvement what so ever. I build a i5 3570K rig based on a Asus Z77 Sabertooth and a i5 3570K for my 2013 rig based on a lot of feed back and found out that a performance gain just is not there.

My FX rigs are running at 4GHz as is my i5 3570K and besides the extra money it took to build the i5 I have not seen a gain in any game I have played. But like I said you might see a improvement coming from a FX-4100.


Hmm well i'm wanting to upgrade and just need to know what i5 3570k and motherboard would cost less than £230?


Ebuyer seems the cheapest, with the two components as follows:
Intel i5-3570K(£179.92):
http://www.ebuyer.com/349029-intel-core-i5-3570k-3-4ghz...
Gigabyte GA-Z77 DS3H Motherboard(£68.93):
http://www.ebuyer.com/386271-gigabyte-ga-z77-ds3h-socke...

The total price is £248.85 inc. Shipping, but it's definitely worth the extra £18.85

Regards
Luke


Okay thank you very much Luke


No problems - sorry for the late reply though!
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