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What GPU and motherboard should i get to go with an Intel i4670K to update old rig?

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October 2, 2013 8:52:48 PM

Hello everybody,
I currently have a gaming rig that's a few years old, and I believe its time to upgrade a little. I am currently looking to upgrade CPU, Motherboard, and Graphics card within a $600 - 700 budget. I hope to gain more FPS for gaming, and be able to Live stream/Record gaming session for Twitch and Youtube. If you all could help me out that would be greatly appreciated.

Current games I am playing: World of Tanks (main game), Rift, World of Warplanes, and possibly elder scrolls.

Current PC Config.

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 2.66ghz lynfield LGA 1156 (Air cooled w/ Titan Fenrir)

GPU: HIS Radeon HD 5870 2GB 256bit GDDR5 Eyefinity 6

Mobo: Asus Maximus III Formula P55

Ram: 4GB of Muskin DDR3 1600 +8Gb Gskill Ripjaws = 12gb total

SSD: Kingston HyperX 240GB (OS + Game files)

HDD: 1TB WD Blue + 500GB WD Green (Document, Music, Video etc...Storage)

PSU: OCZ Fatality 700W

O.S : Windows Vista 64-bit ( I know.... it sucks )

I have never Overclocked before, but I would like to do that with this upcoming build, and perhaps will be basing the building on the Core i5 i4670K Haswell CPU or an AMD Counterpart. Any components that will make my overclocking life easy would be appreciated (such as a software, but its not absolutely necessary). Also, is it ok for me to use the old Titan Fenrir heatsink to cool the the i4670K when i overclock it or do i need a new CPU Heatsink/cooler? If so what do you recommend for relatively cheap? Lastly, should i wait for the AMD r9 270x card coming out? What current cards in the market would that be comparable to?

Thank you all in advance.
October 5, 2013 3:16:17 PM

First, don't go with Vista. Upgrade to Windows 7. XP has poor 64-bit and ram support and Vista is plain horrible. Second of all, get an AMD. FX-8350 outperform many i5's and i7's according to TekSyndicate. You will see these benchmarks and intel fanboys point to intel cpus for gaming but they only show the small amount of games, such as Crysis, that intel cpus do marginally perform better but when you look at the vast majority of games, the FX-8350 outperforms the i5-3750 and many others on low and high settings. Third, the Kingston HyperX is a SSD not an HDD. I recommend you get that SSD to run your OS and applications off of and store your files on a 1tb 7200 rpm hdd. Everything else is fine though I still say you should go with AMD. Unless you are going to be building a $1500+ rig, don't get Intel. You can get AMD's FX-8350 cpu that offers better performance than many of the i5s and i7s for around $109 and then you can put the rest of the money into a GPU. The GPU will offer the most difference in performance so make sure you get a good one.
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October 6, 2013 12:17:07 AM

StarTrek2013 said:
First, don't go with Vista. Upgrade to Windows 7. XP has poor 64-bit and ram support and Vista is plain horrible. Second of all, get an AMD. FX-8350 outperform many i5's and i7's according to TekSyndicate. You will see these benchmarks and intel fanboys point to intel cpus for gaming but they only show the small amount of games, such as Crysis, that intel cpus do marginally perform better but when you look at the vast majority of games, the FX-8350 outperforms the i5-3750 and many others on low and high settings. Third, the Kingston HyperX is a SSD not an HDD. I recommend you get that SSD to run your OS and applications off of and store your files on a 1tb 7200 rpm hdd. Everything else is fine though I still say you should go with AMD. Unless you are going to be building a $1500+ rig, don't get Intel. You can get AMD's FX-8350 cpu that offers better performance than many of the i5s and i7s for around $109 and then you can put the rest of the money into a GPU. The GPU will offer the most difference in performance so make sure you get a good one.


Ty so much for your reply and input. The SSD portion was a typo. The Kingston SSD is my main drive, and I do have other drives for storage. What kind of overclocking numbers can i expect out of the 8350, and considering i am a noob at it and not very familiar with AMD motherboards... are they just as easy to OC as intel ones? I have read somewhere that some AMD board manufactures haven't been producing many new boards for AMD... so is that true? I ask because I think it would be easier for me to OC something using UEFI rather than in a BIOS. Any GPU recommendation?

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October 6, 2013 8:18:15 AM

That is a lie, there are just as many AMD motherboards as Intel motherboards. Get a good AMD motherboard and you can easily overclock the FX-8350 to 5GHz. You also have to get a good CPU cooler because the stock cooler is not good enough for the cpu if it is overclocked. Bare in mind that you void the warranty with AMD if you use a liquid cooling system or if the damage is a result of overclocking. So don't get liquid cooling unless you want to go ahead and void the warranty or the warranty has already expired. I would also say do not overclock too much unless you want to go ahead and void the warranty. After the warranty has passed, you can do whatever you want to it because you can't return it then. AMD CPUs are so much easier to overclock than intel CPUs. You will find on this site that there are a bunch of intel fanboys who do not know crap about computers. If they did know about computers, they would recommend the best product for the job instead of recommending only a particular brand no matter what the budget or use of the product will be.
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