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Phenom II 965 to used i5 cpu ? Is it worth the upgrade ?

So I am wondering if it is worth the upgrade my cpu from phenom 965 ( not oc'ed not a good board for oc) to used i5-3550 ? Or is it a waste of money.
Intel cpu's have better single core performance.
Would it matter much in mmo's and with overall usage or in games in general ?
Later i am planning to upgrade my gpu to 280 or 280x.
Thanks for the info.
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  1. SeverinV said:
    So I am wondering if it is worth the upgrade my cpu from phenom 965 ( not oc'ed not a good board for oc) to used i5-3550 ? Or is it a waste of money.
    Intel cpu's have better single core performance.
    Would it matter much in mmo's and with overall usage or in games in general ?
    Later i am planning to upgrade my gpu to 280 or 280x.
    Thanks for the info.


    mmo's usually only run on a single core, maybe two

    so yes an i5 would be a huge upgrade
  2. Huge difference between those no doubt. Getting I5 over phenom will be a big improvement in gaming.
  3. You know you will have to get a new motherboard too right?
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    Unanimously, the i5-3550 is much better. Comparing stock settings, the i5 down right crushes the x4 965 in single(by ~85%) and multi-threaded(by ~50%) performance in synthetic benchmarks.

    For general day-to-day usage, better single-threaded performance will make everything feel that much more snappier. Older games, and MMORPGS for the most part, don't tend to be able to utilize more than 2 cores effectively. For more depending AAA titles, the 4 cores would suffice, no real need yet for the 8+ threads found in i7's.

    Whatever amount of your budget left over should be put into a better gpu. Though I am personally not a fan of the R9 200 and 300 series, so much more wattage is needed to power those power-hungry beasts!
  5. Legion said:
    You know you will have to get a new motherboard too right?


    That is obvious.
  6. LowlySkeleton said:
    Unanimously, the i5-3550 is much better. Comparing stock settings, the i5 down right crushes the x4 965 in single(by ~85%) and multi-threaded(by ~50%) performance in synthetic benchmarks.

    For general day-to-day usage, better single-threaded performance will make everything feel that much more snappier. Older games, and MMORPGS for the most part, don't tend to be able to utilize more than 2 cores effectively. For more depending AAA titles, the 4 cores would suffice, no real need yet for the 8+ threads found in i7's.

    Whatever amount of your budget left over should be put into a better gpu. Though I am personally not a fan of the R9 200 and 300 series, so much more wattage is needed to power those power-hungry beasts!


    R9 280/X are usually cheaper on used market then their nvidia counterparts plus most of gtx 760/770 are 2GB of ram when r9 280 has 3GB.
  7. Legion said:


    Nice, thanks. So the the i5 will use around 40 watt less power that is nice.
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