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April 19, 2013 3:28:41 AM

Hello,
im fairly new with building pc's but not completely inept.
Firstly i bought a fairly decent pc for the price and have started to upgrade it just bought a 7850 and thinking of buying a new processor.
At the moment it is running on a i5 3.2ghz 650, i was wondering should i upgrade? or not i am thinking of purchasing a amd fx-8350.

Any comments will be helpful thankyou

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April 19, 2013 4:04:15 AM

zonda91 said:
Hello,
im fairly new with building pc's but not completely inept.
Firstly i bought a fairly decent pc for the price and have started to upgrade it just bought a 7850 and thinking of buying a new processor.
At the moment it is running on a i5 3.2ghz 650, i was wondering should i upgrade? or not i am thinking of purchasing a amd fx-8350.

Any comments will be helpful thankyou


What do you need your computer for? Gaming, video editing...?
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April 19, 2013 4:09:18 AM

it's only for gaming really
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April 19, 2013 4:21:37 AM

I would recommend an i5 3570 but it would require you to get a motherboard with a Z77 socket. I reckon it's worth it though, I should think there would be performance issues with your current first gen i5.
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April 19, 2013 4:24:48 AM

zonda91 said:
it's only for gaming really


Ok, then I would keep it :) 
And if you want to upgrade in the future: For gaming, I would not go for an 8 core AMD, since most games don't take use of multiple cores / more than 2-4 cores.
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April 19, 2013 4:34:21 AM

yer i was looking at the i5 and a motherboard for it came to about £250, i just thought my cpu atm may be bottle necking my graphics card.
david you would keep the cpu? i thought the 650 were pretty bad cpu's
i want to get the best out of my pc, atm i have

i5 650 3.2
ati sapphire hd 7850 1gb
4 gb ram (soon upgrading to 8gb)
medion mb not sure what model
ocz 500 w psu
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April 19, 2013 4:57:56 AM

zonda91 said:
yer i was looking at the i5 and a motherboard for it came to about £250, i just thought my cpu atm may be bottle necking my graphics card.
david you would keep the cpu? i thought the 650 were pretty bad cpu's
i want to get the best out of my pc, atm i have

i5 650 3.2
ati sapphire hd 7850 1gb
4 gb ram (soon upgrading to 8gb)
medion mb not sure what model
ocz 500 w psu


I don't think that the i5 will hold back your GPU. But I can not confirm it, since I have never owned a setup like yours :-/
Does anybody here @Tomshardware knows if the CPU will hold back the GPU?

Btw: What kind of games do you play? And at what resolution?
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April 19, 2013 5:26:20 AM

The i5 650 won't really bottleneck a 7850.
I'd say hold off your upgrade, The new generation of Intel Core i CPUs, i.e. Haswell is weeks away from release & it will be using a new Socket.
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April 19, 2013 5:41:36 AM

Never seen a set up like mine? Is that a bad thing aha. Thanks Bart I will keep that in mind
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April 19, 2013 7:05:31 AM

zonda91 said:
Never seen a set up like mine? Is that a bad thing aha. Thanks Bart I will keep that in mind


No, I never owned a setup like yours, because I got my first gaming PC like a month ago :) 
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