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April 9, 2013 4:05:12 PM

I am currently using a A10-5800k APU and it gets really hot. I was thinking of upgrading my CPU and motherboard. Maybe a FX-4100 and a better motherboard. Also when changing the motherboard do I need to buy another copy of Windows 7 because I already have the OEM verison. Any suggestions would be a great help.

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April 9, 2013 4:09:51 PM

bi3rman said:
I am currently using a A10-5800k APU and it gets really hot. I was thinking of upgrading my CPU and motherboard. Maybe a FX-4100 and a better motherboard. Also when changing the motherboard do I need to buy another copy of Windows 7 because I already have the OEM verison. Any suggestions would be a great help.


First, the FX4100 is not a good option unless you're crunching numbers...going with the FX series, you want something like the FX6300. A good motherboard would be something like the Asrock 970 extreme3 for $75 or the asus M5A97 LE for similar money.

Second, yes, you would have to get a new copy of windows because your OEM license is tied to your current board.

Third, another option is the Richland A10-6800k hitting in June which will have dramatically more clock speed.
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April 9, 2013 4:22:49 PM

What about Intel would that be a better choice?


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April 9, 2013 4:28:37 PM

bi3rman said:
What about Intel would that be a better choice?




If you're looking at spending $100-130 then no...if you're going to spend about $200 on a CPU, yes it makes sense to consider that option. For $130 even the most diehard intel nuts in here would agree the FX6300 is the most CPU for the money at that price point.
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April 9, 2013 4:32:44 PM

^ Don't put words in my mouth please;-) I like Intel but when you add the mobo & cpu the price goes up quickly. Best Intel for gaming is i5-3570 & z77 mobo.
-Bruce
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April 9, 2013 4:37:16 PM

8350rocks said:
bi3rman said:
What about Intel would that be a better choice?




If you're looking at spending $100-130 then no...if you're going to spend about $200 on a CPU, yes it makes sense to consider that option. For $130 even the most diehard intel nuts in here would agree the FX6300 is the most CPU for the money at that price point.


So Im now planning to get the FX6300 and ASrock 970 how much better will my gaming performance and performance in general be.
BTW I have a GTX 660

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April 9, 2013 4:39:23 PM

bi3rman said:
I am currently using a A10-5800k APU and it gets really hot. I was thinking of upgrading my CPU and motherboard. Maybe a FX-4100 and a better motherboard. Also when changing the motherboard do I need to buy another copy of Windows 7 because I already have the OEM verison. Any suggestions would be a great help.


If it's just getting hot but you're happy with it's performance, just slap on an aftermarket CPU cooler. What's the highest temperature it has got to?

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April 9, 2013 4:41:30 PM

bi3rman said:
8350rocks said:
bi3rman said:
What about Intel would that be a better choice?




If you're looking at spending $100-130 then no...if you're going to spend about $200 on a CPU, yes it makes sense to consider that option. For $130 even the most diehard intel nuts in here would agree the FX6300 is the most CPU for the money at that price point.


So Im now planning to get the FX6300 and ASrock 970 how much better will my gaming performance and performance in general be.
BTW I have a GTX 660



You're looking at something on the order of about 20-30% improvement in frame rates while gaming.
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April 9, 2013 4:43:41 PM

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bi3rman said:
I am currently using a A10-5800k APU and it gets really hot. I was thinking of upgrading my CPU and motherboard. Maybe a FX-4100 and a better motherboard. Also when changing the motherboard do I need to buy another copy of Windows 7 because I already have the OEM verison. Any suggestions would be a great help.


If it's just getting hot but you're happy with it's performance, just slap on an aftermarket CPU cooler. What's the highest temperature it has got to?

97 degrees! Also ever since I went from a 7770 to a 660 it is just bad.
It also has a aftermarket cooler


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April 9, 2013 4:45:06 PM

bi3rman said:
8350rocks said:
bi3rman said:
What about Intel would that be a better choice?




If you're looking at spending $100-130 then no...if you're going to spend about $200 on a CPU, yes it makes sense to consider that option. For $130 even the most diehard intel nuts in here would agree the FX6300 is the most CPU for the money at that price point.


So Im now planning to get the FX6300 and ASrock 970 how much better will my gaming performance and performance in general be.
BTW I have a GTX 660



Yeah, that A10-5800K may be bottlenecking. How many FPS do you get in your games?

Try selling the A10 if it is bottlenecking. If you want to go cheap, that 6300 + AsRock 970 is a good combo.
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April 9, 2013 4:48:17 PM

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bi3rman said:
8350rocks said:
bi3rman said:
What about Intel would that be a better choice?




If you're looking at spending $100-130 then no...if you're going to spend about $200 on a CPU, yes it makes sense to consider that option. For $130 even the most diehard intel nuts in here would agree the FX6300 is the most CPU for the money at that price point.


So Im now planning to get the FX6300 and ASrock 970 how much better will my gaming performance and performance in general be.
BTW I have a GTX 660



Yeah, that A10-5800K may be bottlenecking. How many FPS do you get in your games?

Try selling the A10 if it is bottlenecking. If you want to go cheap, that 6300 + AsRock 970 is a good combo.


I get good fps but huge fps drops. It will fall from 60 to 30 at all settings. Also some games are almost capped and cant get more Fps.

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April 9, 2013 4:51:34 PM

bi3rman said:

I get good fps but huge fps drops. It will fall from 60 to 30 at all settings. Also some games are almost capped and cant get more Fps.



Yeah, you just need to upgrade for more horsepower...the FX6300 + Asrock 970 will get you where you want to go...
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April 9, 2013 5:18:43 PM

You should monitor your cpu use. If the cpu of the A10 is bottle necking the gpu a better will make improvement but if its not bottle-necking the gpu there maybe no improvement. Fps will always vary in a game and 30 is still playable. Before you start spending money find out where the problem is.
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April 9, 2013 6:11:56 PM

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You should monitor your cpu use. If the cpu of the A10 is bottle necking the gpu a better will make improvement but if its not bottle-necking the gpu there maybe no improvement. Fps will always vary in a game and 30 is still playable. Before you start spending money find out where the problem is.


What do you think could be causing the frame stutters and drops? Also how can I monitor it?
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April 9, 2013 6:16:08 PM

bi3rman said:
Goodeggray said:
You should monitor your cpu use. If the cpu of the A10 is bottle necking the gpu a better will make improvement but if its not bottle-necking the gpu there maybe no improvement. Fps will always vary in a game and 30 is still playable. Before you start spending money find out where the problem is.


What do you think could be causing the frame stutters and drops? Also how can I monitor it?


You could run a program like PerfMonitor that will tell you if your CPU usage is at 100% under your gaming conditions, if it is, your CPU is a bottleneck...anything that shows 100% usage will tell you where the bottleneck lies.
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