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January 24, 2012 3:57:44 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my AMD based computer within a few months by replacing the first three items and retaining the rest. It looks like Intel is the price/performance champion so I thought I would wait for Ivy Bridge and get a new CPU/MB/Memory combination. I expect I'll want to play Skyrim at some point in the future, and I probably won't be overclocking, unless it's necessary..


CPU-AMD 720 X3 Black Edition which freezes my MB when I tried to unlock or overclock
MB-Biostar TA790GX 128M
Memory-4GB RAM - G.Skill F2-6400CL4D-4GBHK DDR II 800 CL 4-4-4-12
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Monitor-Samsung SyncMaster 2232
GPU-HIS 6850
HD's - 1 WD 640GB Caviar Black/1 Samsung 1TB/1 La Cie 1TB external USB 3.0
DVD-Pioneer 2160 ATA
Case-Lian Li PC7B
PSU- Corsair CMPSU-650TX
Windows 7 Home Premium


My budget would be roughly:
$200 for a CPU
$150 for a MB
$50 for 8GB RAM

Any recommendations?

Also I have the feeling that you just can't replace those three items and have the computer start up, but I'm not sure what you would do after installing the new parts.

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January 24, 2012 4:19:09 AM

You can get a 2500K (you may want to oc in the future)@$230.00; a wide choice of MB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...) using the Z68 chip set; and 8g of ram (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). You can use the rest of the parts. The very best thing to do is a clean install of the software. Since you are changing platforms, save yourself much time and do a new install. That way all the devices and features of the MB will be correctly activated. Since you have the external you can back everything up that you want to save. Just remember you will need to install all software fresh also and any drivers that may be required for you hardware. None of this is very hard but it will take some time.
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January 24, 2012 4:19:48 AM

Amd 8150 $200,asus crosshair 5 $200,trancend lifetime warenty axe ram 1600Mhz(8gb $62)(4gb$35) only buy directly at trancend.com
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January 24, 2012 4:23:17 AM

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Amd 8150 $200,asus crosshair 5 $200,trancend lifetime warenty axe ram 1600Mhz(8gb $62)(4gb$35) only buy directly at trancend.com

Why do you call it coller master? :heink: 
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January 24, 2012 4:24:02 AM

Why pay more money and get 4cores ,same cost 8cores worldrecord processor,
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January 24, 2012 4:56:24 AM

hitechgowthaman said:
Why pay more money and get 4cores ,same cost 8cores worldrecord processor,

An i5-2500k outperforms an fx 8150. I thought you already knew that :lol:  Its even cheaper!
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January 24, 2012 5:02:40 AM

S-Africanus said:
I'm looking to upgrade my AMD based computer within a few months by replacing the first three items and retaining the rest. It looks like Intel is the price/performance champion so I thought I would wait for Ivy Bridge and get a new CPU/MB/Memory combination. I expect I'll want to play Skyrim at some point in the future, and I probably won't be overclocking, unless it's necessary..


CPU-AMD 720 X3 Black Edition which freezes my MB when I tried to unlock or overclock
MB-Biostar TA790GX 128M
Memory-4GB RAM - G.Skill F2-6400CL4D-4GBHK DDR II 800 CL 4-4-4-12
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Monitor-Samsung SyncMaster 2232
GPU-HIS 6850
HD's - 1 WD 640GB Caviar Black/1 Samsung 1TB/1 La Cie 1TB external USB 3.0
DVD-Pioneer 2160 ATA
Case-Lian Li PC7B
PSU- Corsair CMPSU-650TX
Windows 7 Home Premium


My budget would be roughly:
$200 for a CPU
$150 for a MB
$50 for 8GB RAM

Any recommendations?

Also I have the feeling that you just can't replace those three items and have the computer start up, but I'm not sure what you would do after installing the new parts.

i5-2500k, asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3, 8gb corsair vengeance 1600mhz ddr3 ram.
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January 24, 2012 10:23:55 AM

hitechgowthaman said:
Why pay more money and get 4cores ,same cost 8cores worldrecord processor,


:lol:  8 cores, world record processor......WTF am I reading?

What is the record? most disappointing processor ever?
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January 24, 2012 10:58:26 AM

sarinaide said:
:lol:  8 cores, world record processor......WTF am I reading?

What is the record? most disappointing processor ever?


@sarinaide - I approve your post.

@hitechgowthaman - I disapprove your posts, your spamming (saw multiple spamming regarding memory in another topic), and your lack of knowledge about the definition of cores, specially in Bulddozer architecture.
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January 24, 2012 2:31:45 PM

At those price points you are looking at an i5-2500 or FX-8120. With your single 6850 I bet you will be unable to tell the difference between the two while gaming. If you pushed your budget your next stop would be a 2500K or 8150 but the only reason to go there would be if you wanted to OC.

For the most part the two are matched fairly evenly on performance, the only exception being lightly threaded work. AMD is pushing M$ to release scheduler updates for Win7 to improve this and are claiming 10% improvements but I haven't seen anything definitive.

What will you be doing with your system? Do you have a preference?

If you are waiting to for IB then most of the recommendations will need to be re-evaluated when it is released and prices shift to accommodate it.
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