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Upgrading my current rig's cpu, Need opinons!

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February 9, 2014 7:19:55 PM

I'm wanting to upgrade my pc's Ram / Mobo / Cpu for gaming.. and I am not going to be overclocking the cpu at all.. what's a good option for me? thanks :D 
February 9, 2014 7:30:38 PM

What is your price range? Also, do you plan on using a discreet graphics card? If you aren't on a tight budget and don't plan on overclocking, then it sounds like Intel may be a better selection for your CPU.

I'm working on figuring out what to get for my gaming rig I plan on building next week, but I'm leaning more towards AMD since it's tons cheaper and works well with overclocking (according to the reviews for the CPU I'm looking at).
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February 9, 2014 7:38:42 PM

If you're upgrading a pc you already own we need to know more about your specs.
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February 10, 2014 12:10:26 AM

I agree with both answers above..

We need to know what you're working with and what your price range is.


Basically what I did when looking for a gaming Rig, I went for the best the store could offer and it got me to a hefty price " $1131 USD ".

I got value for money though:

Intel i7 4770k
8GB Dual Ram Chips
2 TB HDD
Nvidia GTX 660
Some windows 8 MB
And a custom box to put all of that in

So if you have a pile of cash lying around and want to go big just by the best of everything they have, Intel would definitely be better in such situations. Considering money isn't an issue
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February 10, 2014 12:21:39 AM

^^ Thats horribly imbalanced for gaming mate, an i3/i5 then the money saved spent on a better gpu and ssd would give a much better gaming/general experience. That setup reminds me of a prefab. Unless of course you require an i7 for some special software you use for work or something.
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February 10, 2014 12:27:14 AM

I do image and video editing. I forgot to add I bought a massive LG HD monitor with that bundle as well. I like overwhelming force and to me i'd say the lifespan of that PC has a long way to go, Think of how i don't have to upgrade for the coming years. As for the GPU comment I don't understand what that is supposed to mean unless you're hinting I should have went for ATi's Radeon. I feel nvidia and intel are nicely compatible with each other and that's the best they had at the moment so I went with it.
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February 10, 2014 12:36:34 AM

If one is not overclocking, then Intel is your best bet...one can "drop and forget" those cpu's. very reliable.
If one is on a budget, amd. I have the 8320 under an h100i and with mantle, Im yeilding great results with bf4 (radeon hd7970 btw).
But your asking for a BUDGET pc that you will not have to over clock, then I would of course suggest the amd fx8320 or 8350; BUT the i5 3570k and a good little mobo would be ideal, (i feel), if you can find some deals...

If i could find someone that would trade a 3570k and a good mobo for my crosshair v formula z and 8320, i would take that trade.


That being said, with amd one might feel more inclined to overclock ...
I personally feel such would not be the case with a nice 3570k

$180 for the i5 (microcenter) v.s. $180 for the 8350....


Did the price go up for the 8350? wasnt it 140 or 150 a week ago?
8350's are the same price as an i5?

no comment.

fyi.


(dont fry me to hard fan boys)
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February 10, 2014 2:29:56 AM

If you are doing no overclocking, then I would recommend buying a non-K (locked) Intel core i5/i7 3rd/4rd generation. AMD cpu's are also good but they are mostly for overclocking.
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February 10, 2014 11:15:52 AM

GaryMh said:
As for the GPU comment I don't understand what that is supposed to mean unless you're hinting I should have went for ATi's Radeon. I feel nvidia and intel are nicely compatible with each other and that's the best they had at the moment so I went with it.

The same money would've bought say an i5 3330p and gtx 770 is what I meant.
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February 10, 2014 11:29:07 PM

con635 said:
GaryMh said:
As for the GPU comment I don't understand what that is supposed to mean unless you're hinting I should have went for ATi's Radeon. I feel nvidia and intel are nicely compatible with each other and that's the best they had at the moment so I went with it.

The same money would've bought say an i5 3330p and gtx 770 is what I meant.


I agree with your point. Although i7 might kick in with performance when it comes to sli setups if he is thinking of gtting future upgrades.
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