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November 15, 2013 8:28:15 AM

AMD processor switch Question??

Okay, so here is my current rig:

Processor: AMD FX-4100

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2P (rev. 3.1) NVIDIA® GeForce 7025

Ram: 8GB

HD: 1TB + 120GB SSD Hybrid

My question is am I able to upgrade my current processor (FX-4100) to an AMD Phenom II x4 without losing a bunch.. I'm currently running windows 7 with 2 Hard drives (I dual boot with Ubuntu)

If I lose the OS no big deal, I just would like to maximize my performance for around $200.. Or will I have to swap the Mobo aswell?
I'm trying to get around 60FPS on League of legends and battlefield on Max settings.. I currently run max on 30-45FPS.. Please help

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November 15, 2013 8:37:02 AM

As for losing information when upgrading or major changes when upgrading CPU, there really isn't any. Most likely the BIOS you currently have supports AMD Phenom cpus.

However, I don't think you will be upgrading by going to the older generation CPU. Yes there are some Phenom IIs that are superior to the 4100, (that is the Phenom II Black Editions). If you don't get one of those, you'll be purchasing a CPU that has similar performance to the one you have. You would be better off getting a Pilerdrive 8-core CPU.

EG:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 15, 2013 8:40:52 AM

barto said:
As for losing information when upgrading or major changes when upgrading CPU, there really isn't any. Most likely the BIOS you currently have supports AMD Phenom cpus.

However, I don't think you will be upgrading by going to the older generation CPU. Yes there are some Phenom IIs that are superior to the 4100, (that is the Phenom II Black Editions). If you don't get one of those, you'll be purchasing a CPU that has similar performance to the one you have. You would be better off getting a Pilerdrive 8-core CPU.

EG:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Could it be possible to switch to a intel? Or what would be the best CPU/Graphics combo in my situation?
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November 15, 2013 8:42:56 AM

Seanpete said:


Could it be possible to switch to a intel? Or what would be the best CPU/Graphics combo in my situation?


Unfortunately, you cannot use an Intel CPU in a motherboard that supports AMD processors. You will have to purchase an Intel supporting motherboard as well.
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November 15, 2013 8:51:14 AM

You should probably take the money you are thinking of spending on a phenom and invest in a quality graphics card. You will see a much better improvement in gaming by upgrading your GPU than your CPU.
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November 15, 2013 10:48:35 AM

Seanpete said:
Could it be possible to switch to a intel? Or what would be the best CPU/Graphics combo in my situation?

You can switch to anything you want, how thick is your wallet..
The best CPU/GPU combination is dictated by the application you are currently running, some applications are graphics intensive while others are processor intensive, what you seek is a balanced system with components that work as a team instead of having one component that is very powerful and letting the rest of the system 'restrict' it, the keyword is compatibility.
List the complete specs on the RAM.
Swapping 1 quad core for a different quad core is not an upgrade.
2 cores are better then 1 and 4 cores are better than 2 and 6 cores are better than 4 etc.
Your best options both include a new motherboard, upgrade to the new AMD FM2+ Socket and install a Trinity or Richland APU with some DDR2133 RAM while waiting for Kaveri or.............. build an overpriced Intel system and use slower outdated RAM.
No, I am not biased in the least, whatever gave you that idea :) 


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November 15, 2013 11:13:45 AM

gman97005 said:
Seanpete said:
Could it be possible to switch to a intel? Or what would be the best CPU/Graphics combo in my situation?

You can switch to anything you want, how thick is your wallet..
The best CPU/GPU combination is dictated by the application you are currently running, some applications are graphics intensive while others are processor intensive, what you seek is a balanced system with components that work as a team instead of having one component that is very powerful and letting the rest of the system 'restrict' it, the keyword is compatibility.
List the complete specs on the RAM.
Swapping 1 quad core for a different quad core is not an upgrade.
2 cores are better then 1 and 4 cores are better than 2 and 6 cores are better than 4 etc.
Your best options both include a new motherboard, upgrade to the new AMD FM2+ Socket and install a Trinity or Richland APU with some DDR2133 RAM while waiting for Kaveri or.............. build an overpriced Intel system and use slower outdated RAM.
No, I am not biased in the least, whatever gave you that idea :) 




Okay, so for an upgrade, what do you think about this..

CPU: AMD FX-6300 Vishera AM3+

Mobo: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0

GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7950

Storage: WD Caviar Blue 1TB

Still thinking about the Hard drive, I've already got 3TB plus a 8TB network RAID 3 setup on a Terastation..

Either way, how's the Mobo/CPU/GPU combo look?
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November 15, 2013 11:16:30 AM

I'd say the best upgrades for you would be the FX 6300 or FX 8320. Both piledriver, they will perform much better than your 4100.

Just saw your recent post. Looks very good. I'd get the full M5A97 R2.0 rather than the LE though. If you can, go for a M5A99X board since it will be more stable for overclocking. You should also get a nice aftermarket CPU cooler too, something like a CM Hyper 212 EVO if it fits in your case.
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November 15, 2013 12:35:27 PM

Seanpete said:
gman97005 said:
Seanpete said:
Could it be possible to switch to a intel? Or what would be the best CPU/Graphics combo in my situation?

You can switch to anything you want, how thick is your wallet..
The best CPU/GPU combination is dictated by the application you are currently running, some applications are graphics intensive while others are processor intensive, what you seek is a balanced system with components that work as a team instead of having one component that is very powerful and letting the rest of the system 'restrict' it, the keyword is compatibility.
List the complete specs on the RAM.
Swapping 1 quad core for a different quad core is not an upgrade.
2 cores are better then 1 and 4 cores are better than 2 and 6 cores are better than 4 etc.
Your best options both include a new motherboard, upgrade to the new AMD FM2+ Socket and install a Trinity or Richland APU with some DDR2133 RAM while waiting for Kaveri or.............. build an overpriced Intel system and use slower outdated RAM.
No, I am not biased in the least, whatever gave you that idea :) 




Okay, so for an upgrade, what do you think about this..

CPU: AMD FX-6300 Vishera AM3+

Mobo: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0

GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7950

Storage: WD Caviar Blue 1TB

Still thinking about the Hard drive, I've already got 3TB plus a 8TB network RAID 3 setup on a Terastation..

Either way, how's the Mobo/CPU/GPU combo look?

looks good, go for it but consider an SSD over the HDD..

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