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Upgrade 1090t with 6970 to i5/i7?

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December 2, 2013 9:49:30 AM

Hi all. I am looking to upgrade my mobo and cpu and could use some input from the experts in the community.

My current rig:

AMD Phenom II x6 1090t
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 am3
G.SKILL Ripjaw 4x4GB DDR3 1600 (quad channel)
XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB

The memory is still solid and the 6970 is still a beast of a discrete graphics card, so I was planning on keeping these components until the next round of upgrades.

Although I do some video transcoding and streaming to every device in the house, this is primarily a gaming rig.

I have looked up and down at the 3570k ($149 locally from Microcenter) and 3770k ($249) on a cheaper LGA 1155 motherboard and at the 4670k ($199) and 4770k ($249) on more expensive LGA 1150 sockets. I am even considering stepping up to a more expensive LGA 2011 board with a 4820k ($269).

http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-...

Now I love the idea of the extra clocks of the hyperthreaded i7 processors, but don't really want to spend the money over an i5 if I won't realize better frame rates in a FPS at 1920x1080.

Being price conscious as I am, I want the most bang for my buck for a mobo/CPU for $400 or less...

If I plan for this build to last me another 3 years of gaming with a GPU upgrade in the next 12-18 months, which direction do you think I should go?



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December 2, 2013 2:03:14 PM

rschmidt said:
Hi all. I am looking to upgrade my mobo and cpu and could use some input from the experts in the community.

My current rig:

AMD Phenom II x6 1090t
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 am3
G.SKILL Ripjaw 4x4GB DDR3 1600 (quad channel)
XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB

The memory is still solid and the 6970 is still a beast of a discrete graphics card, so I was planning on keeping these components until the next round of upgrades.

Although I do some video transcoding and streaming to every device in the house, this is primarily a gaming rig.

I have looked up and down at the 3570k ($149 locally from Microcenter) and 3770k ($249) on a cheaper LGA 1155 motherboard and at the 4670k ($199) and 4770k ($249) on more expensive LGA 1150 sockets. I am even considering stepping up to a more expensive LGA 2011 board with a 4820k ($269).

http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-...

Now I love the idea of the extra clocks of the hyperthreaded i7 processors, but don't really want to spend the money over an i5 if I won't realize better frame rates in a FPS at 1920x1080.

Being price conscious as I am, I want the most bang for my buck for a mobo/CPU for $400 or less...

If I plan for this build to last me another 3 years of gaming with a GPU upgrade in the next 12-18 months, which direction do you think I should go?






With the current set up, you should be able to keep up with the competition with a 3570k or 3770k, no problem.
If you're willing to shell out the extra amount for the 4th gens, by all means, to your heart's content!
But with newer sockets comes newer mobos.
And with both of those come more $$$.

Go with the 4th gen now with a solid mobo, to future proof your rig, and the GPU will be ready for the next round of upgrades IMO.
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December 5, 2013 9:40:53 AM

TomTom111 said:
rschmidt said:
Hi all. I am looking to upgrade my mobo and cpu and could use some input from the experts in the community.

My current rig:

AMD Phenom II x6 1090t
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 am3
G.SKILL Ripjaw 4x4GB DDR3 1600 (quad channel)
XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB

The memory is still solid and the 6970 is still a beast of a discrete graphics card, so I was planning on keeping these components until the next round of upgrades.

Although I do some video transcoding and streaming to every device in the house, this is primarily a gaming rig.

I have looked up and down at the 3570k ($149 locally from Microcenter) and 3770k ($249) on a cheaper LGA 1155 motherboard and at the 4670k ($199) and 4770k ($249) on more expensive LGA 1150 sockets. I am even considering stepping up to a more expensive LGA 2011 board with a 4820k ($269).

http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-...

Now I love the idea of the extra clocks of the hyperthreaded i7 processors, but don't really want to spend the money over an i5 if I won't realize better frame rates in a FPS at 1920x1080.

Being price conscious as I am, I want the most bang for my buck for a mobo/CPU for $400 or less...

If I plan for this build to last me another 3 years of gaming with a GPU upgrade in the next 12-18 months, which direction do you think I should go?






With the current set up, you should be able to keep up with the competition with a 3570k or 3770k, no problem.
If you're willing to shell out the extra amount for the 4th gens, by all means, to your heart's content!
But with newer sockets comes newer mobos.
And with both of those come more $$$.

Go with the 4th gen now with a solid mobo, to future proof your rig, and the GPU will be ready for the next round of upgrades IMO.



Well since the 4th gen procs are practically the same price as the 3rd gen, I will choose between the 4670k and 4770k ($50 difference). Is there any difference in their overclockability? Could you recommend a good performance/value heatsink?

Also looking at these 4 mobos (bundle pricing specials) but don't know if any of them are standouts for reliability and overclocking:

ASRock Z87-Extreme4 (m-ATX)
Asus Z87-A
Asus Z87-Pro
Gigbyte GA-Z87X-UD4H

Thoughts?
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December 5, 2013 10:05:42 AM

Current price for i7-4770K is great, so I would get that. It is a slight upgrade over the i5, but you might as well just get the best one so you don't think back. ;) 

Noctua and CoolerMaster makes great CPU heat sinks so definitely take a look at their products.

All of those motherboards are pretty good, but ASUS is the leader for overclocking motherboards.

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December 5, 2013 1:21:24 PM

Asus Z87-A and 4770k with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler it is...and for the extremely reasonable price of $395 plus tax. I have owned numerous Asus boards in the past and have been extremely happy with them but have not done much overclocking. The processors and tools available today make it so much simpler than in CPU generations past.

I will do a full series of gaming benchmarks tonight and hopefully pick up my prize this weekend. I can't wait to see the difference in FPS knowing that even overclocked to 3.7GHz, the 1090t is my bottleneck.

Thanks guys...




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December 5, 2013 1:52:04 PM

What revision is that on your current motherboard?
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December 5, 2013 8:04:21 PM

REV 2.0

BIOS version F6
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December 6, 2013 6:49:54 AM

OK nevermind then. Later revisions had bios support added for FX 8350. Was gonna try to save you some $$$.
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February 21, 2014 9:42:20 AM

I bit the bullet and staged a second staged upgrade before the mobo and CPU upgrade. I purchased a Corsair H100i water cooler and was able to get a stable 4.1GHz overclock on my 1090t. This increased my frame rate significantly in the games that I play.

Knowing that the 1090t was indeed bottlenecking my 6970, this hastened my purchase of the Asus Z87-A with the Intel i7-4770k. I was able to use the same G.SKILL Ripjaw memory kit as well as my trusty XFX Radeon HD 6970 and with some new Arctic thermal compound, the amazeballs Corsair H100i water cooler.

Seeing as there was not a significant frame rate increase overclocking the 4770k from 3.5 to 4.6GHz, I am confident that in about a year I will make an equally financially prudent video card purchase to finish my gaming rig.

Thank you all for your input.
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