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Upgrading CPU, need advice

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January 5, 2012 8:32:38 PM

I am in need of a processor upgrade, my trusty old intel core 2 duos just don't cut it anymore.

I would need a new mobo for an upgrade, and my main problem is deciding whether to get and AMD or Intel processor. I am on a budget, this is why I considered AMD, but with intel I believe I'd get a better quality CPU, but I'd have to pay. I'm looking at about $200 for a new CPU and ~$120-140 for a new motherboard if need be. I've considered these two: ---- Intel, and ---- for the AMD (8 cores, *drool*)

with this ---- AMD motherboard..

I'd also need to buy new RAM, as to upgrade to DDR3 (thinking 8gbs)

I currently am using a GTX 460 GPU (on a 24in 1080p monitor), and have a 600W PSU.

Do I go with intel, or AMD on this one? Both are the same price, I'm just not sure of the differences, help would be greatly appreciated. (I use my PC for lots of multitasking as well as gaming like Battlefield 3)

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January 5, 2012 9:48:29 PM

I'd go with the i5 2500 since it will provide you with more than enough processing power. The FX series by AMD just doesn't cut it when compared to the Sandy Bridge platform and even though it may have 8 cores, the most you'll use is 4 at most.
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January 5, 2012 10:12:02 PM

$350 is enough to go intel and you'd get a better processor.

like the others said, get the i5 and a decent mobo and enjoy.
January 6, 2012 11:39:16 PM

Hello guys,

I am also considering similar update for my desktop.
Then what about the memory speed, what would be the best?

Would a 8G Kit 2133 G.Skill be good?

I'm a bit confused about the latency, which seems to be higher for the latest technologies.
Does it really matter?

Thank you,

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January 6, 2012 11:52:47 PM

1600 mhz ddr3 should be all you'd need as far as ram speed is concern. you'd see very little increase in speed.
January 7, 2012 12:33:08 AM

^I agree.

You won't see enough of a performance increase compared to the price you would pay for anything beyond 1600MHz.
January 7, 2012 12:56:52 AM

Alright then, that's good. As you say there is a significant price difference!