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What kind of performance increase will I see between these processors.

I'm looking to upgrade the CPU in my budget play-this-till-I-get-a-job-and-build-a-monster PC and am curious if replacing the stock AMD athlon II X4 640 with an Intel Core i5-4590 would give me a decent increase in performance for CPU heavy games like Total War: ROME II. At first I thought upgrading would be a no brainer but then i discovered that my stock CPU actually costs MORE! So tell me what I'm missing here because I don't know too much about what makes a CPU good.
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    Switching to the i5-4590 would give you a huge increase in performance... but remember you will also have to buy a new motherboard with the correct socket for that CPU (LGA 1150 socket)... Your current CPU is 4 years old and is no longer produced anymore so prices do not match performance - the i5 is WAY better.
  2. Derza10 said:
    Switching to the i5-4590 would give you a huge increase in performance... but remember you will also have to buy a new motherboard with the correct socket for that CPU (LGA 1150 socket)... Your current CPU is 4 years old and is no longer produced anymore so prices do not match performance - the i5 is WAY better.


    Thanks, I appreciate the response! Yes I looked into matching it up with a motherboard and came up with this. How am I looking?
  3. Chasieray said:
    I'm looking to upgrade the CPU in my budget play-this-till-I-get-a-job-and-build-a-monster PC and am curious if replacing the stock AMD athlon II X4 640 with an Intel Core i5-4590 would give me a decent increase in performance for CPU heavy games like Total War: ROME II. At first I thought upgrading would be a no brainer but then i discovered that my stock CPU actually costs MORE! So tell me what I'm missing here because I don't know too much about what makes a CPU good.


    Your stock cpu costs more? Lol! I bought an Athlon II 640 on eBay using buy it now for $52 last week. Athlon II X4's are dirt cheap on eBay. That cpu cost about $99 in 2009. The Phenom II's had higher clockspeed and 6 megs of L3. They were double the price of the Athlon II's.
  4. bmacsys said:
    Chasieray said:
    I'm looking to upgrade the CPU in my budget play-this-till-I-get-a-job-and-build-a-monster PC and am curious if replacing the stock AMD athlon II X4 640 with an Intel Core i5-4590 would give me a decent increase in performance for CPU heavy games like Total War: ROME II. At first I thought upgrading would be a no brainer but then i discovered that my stock CPU actually costs MORE! So tell me what I'm missing here because I don't know too much about what makes a CPU good.


    Your stock cpu costs more? Lol! I bought an Athlon II 640 on eBay using buy it now for $52 last week. Athlon II X4's are dirt cheap on eBay. That cpu cost about $99 in 2009. The Phenom II's had higher clockspeed and 6 megs of L3. They were double the price of the Athlon II's.


    Haha, yeah. Look here on Amazon.
  5. Chasieray said:
    Derza10 said:
    Switching to the i5-4590 would give you a huge increase in performance... but remember you will also have to buy a new motherboard with the correct socket for that CPU (LGA 1150 socket)... Your current CPU is 4 years old and is no longer produced anymore so prices do not match performance - the i5 is WAY better.


    Thanks, I appreciate the response! Yes I looked into matching it up with a motherboard and came up with this. How am I looking?

    That motherboard would work... do you have a micro atx case?even if you don't it would still work but you might want to go with a normal ATX motherboard (if you do not have a micro case) Maybe something like this :http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-b85g41pcmate
  6. Derza10 said:
    Chasieray said:
    Derza10 said:
    Switching to the i5-4590 would give you a huge increase in performance... but remember you will also have to buy a new motherboard with the correct socket for that CPU (LGA 1150 socket)... Your current CPU is 4 years old and is no longer produced anymore so prices do not match performance - the i5 is WAY better.


    Thanks, I appreciate the response! Yes I looked into matching it up with a motherboard and came up with this. How am I looking?

    That motherboard would work... do you have a micro atx case?even if you don't it would still work but you might want to go with a normal ATX motherboard (if you do not have a micro case) Maybe something like this :http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-b85g41pcmate


    Yeah its micro ATX. The case is stock as well, so far all I've replaced is the PSU and added a 750 ti. I think i just have two more questions. Is my 500 watt PSU still enough and will I run into any heating problems or will the stock fan in there still be good to go? Not really planning on over clocking.
  7. Chasieray said:
    bmacsys said:
    Chasieray said:
    I'm looking to upgrade the CPU in my budget play-this-till-I-get-a-job-and-build-a-monster PC and am curious if replacing the stock AMD athlon II X4 640 with an Intel Core i5-4590 would give me a decent increase in performance for CPU heavy games like Total War: ROME II. At first I thought upgrading would be a no brainer but then i discovered that my stock CPU actually costs MORE! So tell me what I'm missing here because I don't know too much about what makes a CPU good.


    Your stock cpu costs more? Lol! I bought an Athlon II 640 on eBay using buy it now for $52 last week. Athlon II X4's are dirt cheap on eBay. That cpu cost about $99 in 2009. The Phenom II's had higher clockspeed and 6 megs of L3. They were double the price of the Athlon II's.


    Haha, yeah. Look here on Amazon.


    There is always that one sucker lol!
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