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Looking for an Intel CPU to replace fx 8320

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September 28, 2013 2:42:23 PM

I've decided to change my AMD processor for an Intel one, since I'm using my computer mostly for gaming. I've been looking at the i5-4670K and i7-4770K, and I'm not sure which one, if any of those two, to get for the best FPS in games.

I've read articles claiming that the i7 is more future proof and has great performance in games aswell as in 3d rendering(which I sometimes do for school), but there were many others claiming that an i5 is better for a gaming pc.

So I guess I'm basically asking: Will my gaming performance suffer if I get a i7, or will it stay the same(or improve), while other processes run faster?

Also, I'm running 3 monitors in eyefinity, in case that may somehow require more processing cores. I'm not sure if it effects my choices, but I want to be sure before making a big purchase.

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September 28, 2013 2:48:17 PM

the i7 wont be slower in gaming, in some games even faster. but i dont think its a big upgrade if you go for a i5 if you got a (oced) fx8320...
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September 28, 2013 2:54:29 PM

In 90% of titles the i5's/i7's only put up 5-10 more fps... and that's already well above 60 so idk if its really worth it to ya to invest all that cash in to an entirely new platform.
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September 28, 2013 2:56:34 PM

guggi4 said:
the i7 wont be slower in gaming, in some games even faster. but i dont think its a big upgrade if you go for a i5 if you got a (oced) fx8320...


I've managed to oc the 8320 to 4,1 GHz, but am only a beginner in these waters. I'm not sure how far the Intel processors go, as I've never really had one.
You're saying that if I'm going to change, I should definately go for an i7?

From what I've read, I'm assuming that the 4770K is good for overclocking and gaming, but if there's a better option I would appreciate hearing(reading) it.
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September 28, 2013 3:04:25 PM

cmi86 said:
In 90% of titles the i5's/i7's only put up 5-10 more fps... and that's already well above 60 so idk if its really worth it to ya to invest all that cash in to an entirely new platform.


Well the whole reason I've decided to do this, is because my current mobo doesn't allow me to OC my processor higher than it already is. And I want it to support another PCI-e x16 slot for crossfire which I plan to do in the future.
So after reading many reviews I've seen that Intel cpu's are be the best for gaming, and decided to change everything to an Intel platform.

And since I'm running eyefinity, some of my games don't run as good as I'd want them to, so those 5-10 fps will make a difference for sure. I'm not reaching 60 fps on newer games, as most of them are optimised for Intel, and I only have one gpu.
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September 28, 2013 3:14:38 PM

your bottleneck is most probably the gpu and not the cpu, so you will gain NO performance. try to monitor your cpu und gpu usage ingame to identify your bottleneck.
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September 28, 2013 3:23:54 PM

guggi4 said:
your bottleneck is most probably the gpu and not the cpu, so you will gain NO performance. try to monitor your cpu und gpu usage ingame to identify your bottleneck.


Yeah you may be right, since the GPU is being used 100% while playing. What's weird to me is that the cpu is not really trying to help it, and is barely reaching 50% of it's usage. Especially while playing Total war: Rome 2, which is supposed to be a game that requires lots of cpu power.
In any case I'd need to change my mobo to be able to crossfire two graphics cards. At the moment I'm running a single AMD 7970 vapor-x.
So I thought... why not change the mobo and switch to Intel for some extra FPS

EDIT: I've also got a 850W PSU installed, and since Intel uses much less power, I could crossfire two gpu's without power issues
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September 28, 2013 3:26:28 PM

If your CPU pulls the GPU to 100% usage its totally fine, sine it even stays at 50% it would be also sufficient for a 2nd one.
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September 28, 2013 5:27:50 PM

Xickle said:
guggi4 said:
your bottleneck is most probably the gpu and not the cpu, so you will gain NO performance. try to monitor your cpu und gpu usage ingame to identify your bottleneck.


Yeah you may be right, since the GPU is being used 100% while playing. What's weird to me is that the cpu is not really trying to help it, and is barely reaching 50% of it's usage. Especially while playing Total war: Rome 2, which is supposed to be a game that requires lots of cpu power.
In any case I'd need to change my mobo to be able to crossfire two graphics cards. At the moment I'm running a single AMD 7970 vapor-x.
So I thought... why not change the mobo and switch to Intel for some extra FPS

EDIT: I've also got a 850W PSU installed, and since Intel uses much less power, I could crossfire two gpu's without power issues

just get a new mobo for your current cpu and overclock it
850w is going to be more than enough to xfire even with an AMD processor

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September 28, 2013 5:39:55 PM

I would just go with a good 990FX board and take that 8320 to 4.5 pretty easily. I'm not trying to bash intel because they do make good chips. I'm just saying you already have a top end AMD chip that isn't all that far behind the intel offerings. I agree with the other guys on here right now that running eyefinity you probably need a little more grpahics horsepower than anything else. Luckily with the new gen of amd cards on the horizon the 7970 are actually quite reasonably priced and you could most likely get a good 990FX board and another 7970 for around the price of that platform switch to intel. I feel this option would also give you more desired results with your eyefinity set-up.
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September 29, 2013 12:59:43 PM

I took advice from the posts above, so I'm gonna wait before buying any new stuff. Somebody has made me a nice offer for me to sell the AMD and mobo for only 50€ less than I bought them, which was a year ago. So if this deal goes through I'm gonna go ahead and buy the Intel platform, a new GPU and a hard disc.
However while I was looking at benchmarks of the processors I've stumbled upon a Intel i7 4820K, which is said to be better for crossfire and multi monitors. Anybody has any experience and advice on it?
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September 30, 2013 3:05:01 AM

All the gain that you can get by uprading your system is 5 to 10 fps .. but less power consumption
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