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Worth upgrading from A10 5800k to an Intel i5 4430?

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June 19, 2013 4:33:54 AM

Would I really see a difference upgrading from A10 5800k to an Intel i5 4430? It's not exactly a cheap upgrade and due to the fact I'm a student. In the future I'm also planning to add another GTX 660 in sli, not sure if that would influence the decision.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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June 19, 2013 6:14:01 AM

I think you'd see a huge difference; especially if you add a GPU.

However if you can wait, then wait.
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June 19, 2013 6:30:26 AM

Thank you, I'll definitely be upgrading sometime in the near future.
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June 19, 2013 11:37:15 AM

You should see an improvement. However, I recommend you actually spend a little more money so that you can buy an i5-4670k and a Z87 motherboard. That will allow you to overclock for even better performance.

The i5-4670k (3.4GHz) is currently selling for $225 at TigerDirect vs. $240 at Newegg. The cost of an i5-4430 (3.0GHz) is $190 at both stores. That's just $35 more. The cost of a Z87 chipset motherboard generally starts a about $110 which is not that much more than a lower end chipset that does not allow for overclocking; about $20.

For maybe $50 - $60 more than the i5-4430 you can get the i5-4670k and a Z87 motherboard. At default speed you will get a 400MHz increase (3.4GHz vs 3.0GHz). According to a survey done by Asus, 70% of the i5-4670k CPUs are capable of being overclocked to 4.5GHz. So spending just a bit more outside your budget you will likely to get a CPU that is clocked 50% higher than an i5-4430 which means a 50% increase in raw performance. The does not mean you will get 50% higher frame rates in games though.
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June 19, 2013 3:01:07 PM

Sadly the difference between the two processors alone is £50, but from what you've said it does sound like going with the 4670k is the better option, thank you.
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June 19, 2013 6:09:31 PM

If it's cheaper at all to get the 3570k and a Z77 mobo, you're better off that route anyway.
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June 19, 2013 7:06:33 PM

Champion2604 said:
Sadly the difference between the two processors alone is £50, but from what you've said it does sound like going with the 4670k is the better option, thank you.


Well £50 is a decent chunk of change. If you don't want to spend that plus maybe £20 - £30 more for a Z87 chipset motherboard, then I don't blame you.

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