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A6-5400k upgrade to Intel i5 3570k?

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April 22, 2013 2:54:36 AM

Hello everyone, this is my first ever thread on Tom's Hardware. I don't know much about computers and stuff so I've came here.

First of all, here is my rig:

A6-5400k Processor with integrated AMD Radeon HD 7540D
F2A55M-DS2 Motherboard
HD 6670 Graphics Card (override the use of 7540D)
8gb Ram
1terrobyte HDD.


I play the games World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 mostly and I'm not getting a very decent FPS. Also, I want to live stream. I can make videos for YouTube, just not in the best quality. Anyway my question is: Can I upgrade from the A6-5400k to the i5 3570k? I've been told my CPU is very weak and is only for casual gaming, whereas I want to play with high FPS always with the ability to live stream too.

Any advice in what I can do with the rig? Upgrades etc.. or just sell it and get a completely different rig? I only brought it around 4 months ago thinking it would be awesome (I'm a noob I know).

Thanks everyone.
April 22, 2013 3:02:40 AM

You have to change your motherboard, processor and gpu to get good performance in games. A completely new rig might not actually be a bad idea.
April 22, 2013 3:04:48 AM

SuperGamerBoy said:
You have to change your motherboard, processor and gpu to get good performance in games. A completely new rig might not actually be a bad idea.


As a student, money is tight. I guess my rig isn't the best then it seems.. Any advice on what to do? How much could I sell it for etc?

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April 22, 2013 3:53:13 AM

A complete Intel based system with good videocard will be quite expensive.

You could try a CPU upgrade only to Fusion A10-5800K Black Edition (double your cores, higher frequency, much better iGPU), overclock the CPU a bit (extra 15-20% speed on that CPU is possible), and also try hybrid-crossfire with newer drivers between the integrated 7660D and your Radeon 6670 card.

Also, buy fast ram ( 1866 or 2133Mhz ), it is quite cheap these days and will help the integrated GPU a lot.

Probably the cheapest way for decent performance gain. Going for Intel (completely new PC) will hurt your wallet a lot...
April 22, 2013 4:03:42 AM

Awesome thanks for that reply. I guess I'll have a look into that. I've tried cross firing the graphics on my processor already with my 6670 graphics cars and it seems WoW doesn't like crossfire at all, it runs faster on the 6670 alone.

wavetrex said:
A complete Intel based system with good videocard will be quite expensive.

You could try a CPU upgrade only to Fusion A10-5800K Black Edition (double your cores, higher frequency, much better iGPU), overclock the CPU a bit (extra 15-20% speed on that CPU is possible), and also try hybrid-crossfire with newer drivers between the integrated 7660D and your Radeon 6670 card.

Also, buy fast ram ( 1866 or 2133Mhz ), it is quite cheap these days and will help the integrated GPU a lot.

Probably the cheapest way for decent performance gain. Going for Intel (completely new PC) will hurt your wallet a lot...


April 22, 2013 4:14:37 AM

Well ill look into that then mate, thanks again. I just don't want to spend around £100 (A10- 5800k price) for it to not increase performance at all or only just a little. Looks nice though.

wavetrex said:
That is because the 7540D iGPU is cr4p.

The 7660D iGPU is much closer (but still a bit inferior) to your 6670 card, so xfire might work MUCH better in that combination !

Look here for a simple "stacking" of relative performances:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...


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