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August 27, 2013 9:16:38 PM

I have a AMD Phenom x4 B55 (unlocked from a phenom x2) and overclocked to 3.7ghz. My friend has a extra i5 2400 he is willing to give me for free but I don't have a lga 1155 mobo. Should I keep my cpu or buy a lga 1155 mobo and use the i5? (current mobo is a msi 760gm e51)

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August 27, 2013 9:34:26 PM

I think I'd pick up a 1155 mobo, maybe take a look at the Asus P8B75-M LX PLUS
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August 27, 2013 9:38:35 PM

lobaman said:
I have a AMD Phenom x4 B55 (unlocked from a phenom x2) and overclocked to 3.7ghz. My friend has a extra i5 2400 he is willing to give me for free but I don't have a lga 1155 mobo. Should I keep my cpu or buy a lga 1155 mobo and use the i5? (current mobo is a msi 760gm e51)


I'd also recommend going with the 1055 motherboard(try to find something under $70ish).
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August 27, 2013 9:48:46 PM

Tradesman1 said:
I think I'd pick up a 1155 mobo, maybe take a look at the Asus P8B75-M LX PLUS

Seems like a good board but i have 4 ram sticks and plan on crossfire sometime in the future.
I was thinking of getting the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ?
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August 27, 2013 10:04:12 PM

That is a great mobo - have my 3570K in one... didn't know budget or would have sugggested it or a better Asus mobo
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August 28, 2013 7:05:17 AM

I am also using the Z77 Extreme4. It is a good choice for a board that will do CF or SLI and not cost a fortune.
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August 28, 2013 8:33:32 AM

The answer isn't so clear cut. It all depends on what your future plans are. On paper, the two processors are comparable with the AMD coming in less of a power hog. The Intel chip has the HD 2000 but it isn't much to rely on, especially if you already have a GPU.

The Intel chip has much more L1 cache than the AMD, but the differences pretty much end there.

So the question remains, what do you plan to do in the future? Getting an 1155 mobo will allow you to upgrade to an Ivy bridge chip in the future but you won't be able to use any Haswell CPUs going forward. Switching to Intel also means being unable to go back to AMD without a new mobo as well.

Personally, I wouldn't do it. I don't see the value in switching from one End of Life platform to another. If you said you were looking at switching to an 1150 platform or that your friend was also giving you a mobo, I'd say go for it but given that you need to make the investment, I just don't see the value in it.
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August 28, 2013 9:07:53 AM

An i5 2400 is a superior chip to the PhII. I also was given one and it was an obvious upgrade over the PhII I had used previously. Despite being a "locked" cpu, you can clock it some. http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1811622
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August 28, 2013 11:02:38 AM

I'm not saying the chip isn't superior. What I'm saying is paying to upgrade to an already End of Life platform (let alone chip) isn't worth it when the investment is better made to upgrade to a supported platform.
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August 28, 2013 11:23:59 AM

GamerDad said:
I'm not saying the chip isn't superior. What I'm saying is paying to upgrade to an already End of Life platform (let alone chip) isn't worth it when the investment is better made to upgrade to a supported platform.


I don't plan on upgrading my cpu for a good amount of time if i do in fact go and get the i5 2400 as it will last me for my needs for a long time
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August 28, 2013 1:07:51 PM

In that case, if you feel it is worth the investment of a motherboard, go on right ahead!
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August 28, 2013 4:57:59 PM

lobaman

Think you'll be fine, the IB CPUs will be around for a good long time so if you do want to upgrade it you can, you see a lot of people talking about futureproofing and saying platforms are dead and most aren't taking into consideration that right now, effectively all platorms are dead, by the time Broadwell comes out 2015 (which is projected to run on the 1150 mobos), DDR4 is going to be out and most will go a new mobo anyway so they can run DDR4 - similar happends with the 1155 socket, when the IB CPUs were released, MOST all that went IB also bout the new Z77 mobos rather than stick with the P67/Z68 chipset SB mobos, AMD may even be holding SR back for DDR4 mobos due later this year figuring it will give them a step up on INtel
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August 28, 2013 6:42:37 PM

Tradesman1 said:
lobaman

Think you'll be fine, the IB CPUs will be around for a good long time so if you do want to upgrade it you can, you see a lot of people talking about futureproofing and saying platforms are dead and most aren't taking into consideration that right now, effectively all platorms are dead, by the time Broadwell comes out 2015 (which is projected to run on the 1150 mobos), DDR4 is going to be out and most will go a new mobo anyway so they can run DDR4 - similar happends with the 1155 socket, when the IB CPUs were released, MOST all that went IB also bout the new Z77 mobos rather than stick with the P67/Z68 chipset SB mobos, AMD may even be holding SR back for DDR4 mobos due later this year figuring it will give them a step up on INtel

Thanks that convinced me to buy the z77!
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August 28, 2013 6:55:07 PM

You'll love it, I still use mine as much (maybe a little more than my Haswell (and my younger son want's it bad as a gaming rig)
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