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November 3, 2013 6:40:25 AM

Current Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 650 @ 3.20GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.2GHz

Suggested Upgrade: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor

What would this upgrade change or improve? would it help games like arma 3 or help GPUs preform better?

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November 3, 2013 6:46:45 AM

Yes it would be a pretty big upgrade. What gpu are you using?
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November 3, 2013 6:52:36 AM

I am using a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
planning to upgrade to MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card

I have one say it would not be much of a upgrade and other says it is... This is getting confusing..
Whole upgrade is to improve FPS in games I play common like arma 3 and high graphic requirements (BF3-4 and upcoming Watchdogs and titan fall)
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November 3, 2013 6:58:36 AM

Well getting a new/better video card will give you the best increases for sure, but a better cpu will too.

You will always have people offering different opinions on things, Even when facts and stats say otherwise.

Here is a head to head comparison of the two cpus in question. See for yourself.

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-650-vs-AMD-FX-835...
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November 3, 2013 7:01:35 AM

What motherboard do you have?

Anyway, here's the common thing I post when there's the AMD/intel discussion.

The difference between AMD and intel for gaming.
Firstly, you need to decide what your priorities are, and what you will use the PC for.
Things such as: light gaming, heavy gaming, basic work (e.g. MS Office), heavy work (e.g. video editing, 3d modeling).
For the most part in current games the biggest difference will be made by the selection of the GPU.

The AMD FX CPU's have many cores, which are weaker.
intel i5's have less cores, which are stronger.

The intel's consequently have better performance per core. In older games, the intels perform much better as those games are optimised for good performance with only a few cores (single-threading).
In newer games, the AMD FX's really shine due to the introduction of games using more cores (multi-threading).

The difference comes in depending on what you want to use the PC for. If you're on a tight budget, save some money and go with the AMD and spend the extra money on a better GPU that will give you better performance than any CPU could.

i5: Good for older games (single-threaded), Good for newer games (multi-threaded), Good for general work, great all-round CPU and probably the best around for current games (may change in future).
AMD: Slightly worse for older games (single-threaded), Great for newer games (multi-threaded e.g. BF4, Crysis 3), Good for light/heavy work, extra cores are great for 3d modeling and video editing or rendering, great CPU whilst costing much less than the intel. Even though it's worse in older games it will run them perfectly well and smoothly.

Regardless, both will perform well.
For an i5, I would recommend an i5 3570k or a 4670k. Why? They are king for gaming performance at the moment and since they are the k version they are unlocked and can be overclocked in future for a performance boost.

For an AMD, I would recommend a FX 6300/8320/8350 [Do NOT go with a bulldozer CPU, only piledriver. List here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piledriver_(microarchitecture) <-- That should all be one link, not sure why it splits.]. Why? Great multi-threaded performance for newer games and heavy work, are just fine in older games (not overkill, can deliver smooth frame rates maxed with a good GPU), and are great for productivity with a tame pricetag.

In conclusion, budget gaming/work: AMD. Not on a budget gaming/work: i5. The i5 currently delivers better performance but don't get the impression that the AMD is lagging behind. They are great for gaming and work with a really great pricetag, just not currently up there with intel. In newer games though such as BF4 the AMD's have caught up in performance and in some cases deliver better performance than the intel's for much less money.
Either solution will game just fine with a nice GPU, focus mainly on that.
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November 3, 2013 7:08:15 AM

How do I find out my motherboard?

and I use this pc for heavy gaming, (would love to run arma 3 on higher settings with 60Fps and newer games to run better when they come out. the PC is for gaming however I do have video editing software but is not the "focus" of the pc.

It sounds like going for AMD FX might be better

My budget is around 500-600 I could go higher but rather be below 700


Would select best answer but it like closes the thread X(
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November 3, 2013 7:29:30 AM

I am now just getting more confused, if I am to upgrade to a FX8350 I will need a new motherboard?
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November 3, 2013 7:32:17 AM

Strazy said:
I am now just getting more confused, if I am to upgrade to a FX8350 I will need a new motherboard?


Yes.

Also what is your currency, you stated 500-600 as your budget but I don't know which currency.

Is that for just a CPU or for a whole PC?
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November 3, 2013 8:33:40 AM

$USD budget for the whole upgrade for the pc but willing to pay a little more for something worthwhile
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