Advice Needed On CPU Upgrade (For Gaming)


After playing the Battlefield 1 Beta, which sadly resulted in poor performace, I realised that it was time to upgrade my PC's CPU. However, I'm not too tech-savvy so I'm unsure as to exactly what CPU would be the best fit for my system. Here are my current specs:

CPU AMD A8-5500 APU (Quad-Core) w/ Radeon (tm) HD Graphics
GPU 4096MB ATI AMD Radeon R9 280X
RAM 8GB DDR3 Dual-Channel @ 798MHz (9-9-9-24)
Storage 127GB free of 223GB Crucial SATA SSD
Motherboard ASRock FM2A55M-DGS (CPU Socket)

I should mention that I often record gameplay with FRAPS, and also edit videos in DaVinci Resolve, so the new CPU will need to be able to handle these two programs as well. So far I've found several CPUs which (I think) could be about right for me: AMD FX-9590, AMD FX-8350, as well as some i5s and i7s. My budget is ideally below £200, but I am willing to spend above that if necessary. If possible, I would also like a CPU that will last me a good 4-5 years before it needs replacing again. Please feel free to suggest any CPUs which you think would be suitable for me.

Thanks in advance : )
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  1. If you upgrade to any FX 8350 etc or an Intel i5 PC, that going to be more expensive than £200 as you will have to upgrade your motherboard or Ram also. The FX 8350 is an old processor now and will only provide little performance difference, but if you buy an i5 you may be set for the next few years.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£174.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: MSI H110M PRO-D Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£45.44 @ More Computers)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (£62.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £282.43
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-09-24 15:26 BST+0100

    This will be a huge performance gain from the processor that you have now. The FX 8350 is slightly behind the i3 6100.
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    The FX-9590 is a notoriously bad CPU. They require very expensive motherboards and coolers and are often still outperformed by i3's in many games, and i5's in every game, while costing more than an i5. They draw 4x as much power as an i5, and are frequently unstable at stock speeds. I highly recommend against them.

    An FX-8350 could make sense if you had a motherboard that could take one, but you don't. I don't recommend AM3+ builds today as it's such an old platform and the CPUs on it are generally outperformed by cheaper Intel CPUs.

    A Core i3 6100 would be the cheapest upgrade for you, coming in at ~$120 for the CPU, $50-60 for a motherboard, and $35 for new DDR4, because you can't reuse your RAM. An i5 6500 at $200 is a safer bet for a CPU that will last a long time, though both i3 and i5 will be a good bit better than what you have.
  3. Okay, thanks @Ecky and @Trafalgar747 for your help. Looks like I'll be going for the i5, most likely also with the motherboard and RAM setup you suggested. Much appreciated : )
  4. Oh, and one more thing. Are these new components (as well as my remaining components, e.g, my GPU) likely to fit into my existing case? Or am I going to need a new one? I can't seem to find the exact model number of my case, but there are two stickers on the front, one says "Trendsonic" and the other says "Accelerated A Series Processor AMD". Do you think this means the case was specifically designed to hold the AMD A8 only?
  5. I bet they'll fit. Motherboards are pretty standardized.
  6. Yes there probably a 99% chance they will fit.
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