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Upgrade from core 2 quad 8300 to Ivy bridge or Haswell? Help

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June 30, 2013 12:52:23 PM

Its for gaming purposes.

My budget is 325 dollars.

This is what Im planning to buy:

Ivy bridge

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Corp-Motherboards-H7...

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3350P-Quad-Core-Pro...

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Desktop-Memory-...

Or Haswell

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Micro-DDR3-Motherboard-H87M-G...

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-4570-Quad-Core-Processor...

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Desktop-Memory-...

My actual Video card is a gtx 550 ti
Monitor resoulution 1280x1024
HDD WD Caviar Black 1 TB WD1002FAEX

What is the different between the haswell motherboard above and this one?, they have the same specs and almost have the same look:
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Corp-Motherboards-B8...

I dont plan to have a crossfire configuration.


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June 30, 2013 12:58:51 PM
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For your configuration the z87 board doesn't really offer much extra aside from 4th gen support. It has more SATA III ports, and that is about it.

Since you aren't overclocking you should go with the faster chip, which is the i5-4570 and H87 board.

Unless you plan on adding ram later, you should buy a ram kit with two sticks to enable dual channel memory. 2x2GB as an example.
June 30, 2013 1:25:16 PM

What would be the disadvantages of not having dual channel memory?
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June 30, 2013 2:17:04 PM

Difference between single channel and dual channel, in terms of performance, is between 10-20%.

I suggest you don't bother getting a CPU upgrade.

You'll see a much bigger gain by upgrading your GPU.
July 1, 2013 4:19:04 AM

What $325? I would get a less powerful CPU and get a badass GPU.
I would suggest getting a FX-4100 (100USD) and then a mobo and get a 150USD card

(7850) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would suffice for every computing task and can handle pretty much anything. It is no slouch too.
July 1, 2013 9:10:15 AM

What? Do not go to haswell. If you do, you will have a serious blow to your budget. Stick to sandy bridge or best case a 3220 or AMD A10 5400k(I recommend this) and get a gpu and crossfire it and have an awesome build. Don't make the mistake that I made.
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July 1, 2013 9:21:10 AM

thiduck said:
What? Do not go to haswell. If you do, you will have a serious blow to your budget. Stick to sandy bridge or best case a 3220 or AMD A10 5400k(I recommend this) and get a gpu and crossfire it and have an awesome build. Don't make the mistake that I made.


Actually, he has a 550ti.

You're right about getting sandybridge. 'Tis a few quid cheaper, but Sandybridge, Ivybridge and Haswell perform the same; when overclocked, their thermal limits cause the equivalent chips to reach the same performance level.

I suggest he doesn't upgrade. If he really wants to, I advocate the AM3+ route with an 8320. Only upgrade that MIGHT allow a noticeable increase.
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July 1, 2013 10:09:01 AM

Just cut the crap and go with an older but higher clocking Sandy Bridge or go with lga 2011 as Ivy Bridge and Haswell have poor thermals that make then difficult to hit good clocks. If you do go with the newer models you will have to mod them by pulling the ihs and replacing the crappy thermal compound used with a liquid metal alloy based compound. As for everything else just listen to what people here are trying to tell you. No matter what dual channel is required for a balanced build.
July 1, 2013 8:25:49 PM

MajinCry said:
thiduck said:
What? Do not go to haswell. If you do, you will have a serious blow to your budget. Stick to sandy bridge or best case a 3220 or AMD A10 5400k(I recommend this) and get a gpu and crossfire it and have an awesome build. Don't make the mistake that I made.


Actually, he has a 550ti.

You're right about getting sandybridge. 'Tis a few quid cheaper, but Sandybridge, Ivybridge and Haswell perform the same; when overclocked, their thermal limits cause the equivalent chips to reach the same performance level.

I suggest he doesn't upgrade. If he really wants to, I advocate the AM3+ route with an 8320. Only upgrade that MIGHT allow a noticeable increase.

Precisely .
In short @chapapa07 - Get a Sandy bridge(even ivy bridge if you can)
But If I were you, I would wait another 20 days and get the steam roller AMD CPU(s) coming out. They are going to be awesome for like a 120 bucks.
July 3, 2013 6:25:58 PM

I would say if you are buying a 3350 better buy the haswell, coz atleast you would get a decent increase in computing if not the graphics(Which you are compromising). Try to get the best of atleast one of them.
July 3, 2013 7:31:10 PM

In the end I chose the haswell system.
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