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Would it be worth it to buy a i5 3450/3470 and a not too expensive 1155 mobo?

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May 11, 2013 5:49:17 AM

Hello, I wanna change to intel cpu, due to being tired of AMD, they perform good in few games but not all.
Right now I have a FX-4100, with a GTX 660.

If I go with the i5 3450, I get alot of performance, and I guess i5 3450/3470 would perform better then for example fx-8320 in most games. And if I go with intel, 3450 and a cheap 1155 mobo would be the alternative. I think of going with 1155, then I could later when I worked some on the summer ( I'm 17 years old ) purchase an i7 with 1155 socket as I alrdy have 1155.

My guess is that I5 3450 and 3470 is much better then fx-8320 except the game bf3 for example. But FX-8320 wouldn't be that much better. Atleast i5 3450/3470 wouldn't bottleneck my GTX 660 in most of the games as intel performs good in all games, while AMD doesn't, I Think it has smth to do with this single threading and multitasking thing, FX-8320 would only win in games thats good optimized for 8 cores like bf3.. I5 3450/3470 is better alternative for gw2 and such a games. And the reason I really want this is because I play games that doesnt support 8 cores and I also play GW2, where FX-8320 is a disaster I saw in a benchmark. Better to go with I5 3450/3470? And later upgrade to an i7 1155, instead of staying on AMD.. I'm tired of it.

Oh and the mobo I'm planning to buy is a GA-B75M-D3V mobo. This compared with a i5 3450/3470. THIS IS ALREADY ABOUT 30 dollar over my budget but I can purchase it if it'd be worth it.
But I think its a better alternative then staying on AMD, it doesnt perform good in all games. The i5 does.

You probably gonna tell me to purchase a 3570k, but its about 37 dollars more where I live(Sweden) and I just crossed my budget already. And since I go with GA-B75M-D3V mobo I cant clock it anyways.
Thanks!
May 11, 2013 6:06:49 AM

An i5 will do great on gaming. You don't really need an i7 to run games at max settings. That being said, yes go ahead with a cheaper mobo. As long as it has the stuff you want on it.
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May 11, 2013 6:12:32 AM

axehead15 said:
An i5 will do great on gaming. You don't really need an i7 to run games at max settings. That being said, yes go ahead with a cheaper mobo. As long as it has the stuff you want on it.


Okey, thank you very much. 3450 or 3470? Is the 3470 much better? And how many 3-pin fan connectors would the mobo hold? I cant find it.. I need one for the cpu fan and also two more 3-pin fan connectors for chassi fans. And oh, the mobo I'm planning to buy is a GA-B75M-D3V.
Damn, I have spent so much cash on my PC alrdy, I hope the I5 3450/3470 and my gtx 660 will stay good for a year atleast :D 

Anything else to think of when upgrading to i5 3450/3470? Do I need a certain ram stick? Are there any limits from cpu to ram? Or will my DDR3 1333 mhz be fine? :)  I have CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 RAM stick.
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May 11, 2013 6:33:21 AM

On the mobo question, I would go with this for a cheap ATX board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can't afford that, then here is a cheap mATX board that I use, and have used in other builds:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would recommend the first one if you can afford it though. Has more fan connectors for you too.

As for the i5, they are the same price on Newegg.

DDR3 1333 will be fine. The 3450 supports 1600 too, but since you don't have that, go with the 3470, since it has .1mhz faster lol
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May 11, 2013 7:00:21 AM

axehead15 said:
On the mobo question, I would go with this for a cheap ATX board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can't afford that, then here is a cheap mATX board that I use, and have used in other builds:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would recommend the first one if you can afford it though. Has more fan connectors for you too.

As for the i5, they are the same price on Newegg.

DDR3 1333 will be fine. The 3450 supports 1600 too, but since you don't have that, go with the 3470, since it has .1mhz faster lol


The first one you linked was not in store I checked on the swedish websites..:p 
Is there another one that's good in the range of 75 dollars?
The gigabyte mobo I linked is actually more expensive, are you sure it aint better? I also like Gigabyte mobo as I have one and I'm pleased with mine, except it's a am3+ :p 
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May 11, 2013 9:13:03 AM

I didn't realize you were in sweden. I was linking for USA :p  Newegg had yours discontinued, that's why I chose those. Also, I thought maybe the parallel port on the back was a total waste of space. Do you need a parallel port on your back panel i/o?
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May 12, 2013 6:24:11 AM

axehead15 said:
On the mobo question, I would go with this for a cheap ATX board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can't afford that, then here is a cheap mATX board that I use, and have used in other builds:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would recommend the first one if you can afford it though. Has more fan connectors for you too.

As for the i5, they are the same price on Newegg.

DDR3 1333 will be fine. The 3450 supports 1600 too, but since you don't have that, go with the 3470, since it has .1mhz faster lol


axehead15 said:
I didn't realize you were in sweden. I was linking for USA :p  Newegg had yours discontinued, that's why I chose those. Also, I thought maybe the parallel port on the back was a total waste of space. Do you need a parallel port on your back panel i/o?


Na, I dont, I wil go with a gpu ofc, I'm a gamer, My GTX 660 will be used with the i5 3450/3470.

Well, I really came up with smth. I'd like to have an ATX mobo, due to using another cpu cooler and such.
Would this mobo be great? MSI B75A-G41 - http://www.msi.com/product/mb/B75A-G41.html
I found it for only about 2 dollars more than the gigabyte mobo I linked, I Think I'll go with this one unless I find a better one for maybe same price, I hope it's good, you could tell me your opinion :) 

I also found ASRock b75 pro3, is it a better alternative compared to the MSI B75A-G41?

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May 12, 2013 1:13:45 PM

Either one of those would work just fine. I'd definitely go with one of those. At this point it is just which one has all of the connections you want.
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May 15, 2013 7:46:42 AM

axehead15 said:
Either one of those would work just fine. I'd definitely go with one of those. At this point it is just which one has all of the connections you want.


Ok, thanks, only bad thing is that the MSI Z77A-G41 wont let me have i5 3470, as the first bios version is only supporting i5 3450, and I got no other cpu with 1155 socket to upgrade bios with :p 

But how big is the difference of a I5 3470 and a I5 3450? I also heard a 3470 performs almost as good as a 3570k @Stock. Is it true? And is I5 3470 much better than I5 3450?
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May 15, 2013 8:49:38 AM

No that isn't true. The 3570k runs .2 GHz better at stock speeds. Not to mention you can overclock the 3570k, if you have a motherboard that supports it.

Another option for you is an i5-3350p. The P version has no integrated graphics, which you don't need as you will have a GTX660 anyway. This is 20$ cheaper that the 3450 in the USA and performs just as well at stock speeds.
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May 15, 2013 8:58:37 AM

axehead15 said:
No that isn't true. The 3570k runs .2 GHz better at stock speeds. Not to mention you can overclock the 3570k, if you have a motherboard that supports it.

Another option for you is an i5-3350p. The P version has no integrated graphics, which you don't need as you will have a GTX660 anyway. This is 20$ cheaper that the 3450 in the USA and performs just as well at stock speeds.


Not many of them in store and it aint that much cheaper here in sweden...

Naa but a I5 3570K that's NOT overclocked isnt much better than a i5 3450? Only if you clock it the performance is a big difference? 3570K at stock performs pretty equal to i5 3450, doesnt it? It's not a huge difference :p 
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May 15, 2013 9:47:20 AM

It does perform better at stock speeds. Honestly though, not enough to justify getting it if you don't overclock.

If I were you, I would go with the cheaper one. Either way you are getting fantastic performance, quad-core i5, and > 3GHz per core.
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May 15, 2013 9:50:37 AM

axehead15 said:
It does perform better at stock speeds. Honestly though, not enough to justify getting it if you don't overclock.

If I were you, I would go with the cheaper one. Either way you are getting fantastic performance, quad-core i5, and > 3GHz per core.


I5-3450 seems to be a fair solution, thank you :) 
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