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December 28, 2012 4:05:49 AM

I currently own Am3470g-uw10p Acer computer. I have already replaced the PSU (was 300watt) to a raidmax 630. I put in a dedicate graphics card radeon 7770 and upgraded the ram from 4gb to 8gb. I still have some gaming issues and believe my CPU is bottlenecking. The processor is Fusion Quad-Core A6-3620 2.2 GHz. I have looked at reviews and because my motherboard is FM1 socket I don't have many upgrade options besides an a8 3.0ghz processor. I'm thinking of getting a different motherboard that would take an Inter i5 or so. My main question is I ran Sandylite to get some info on the current mother board an it states "Removable - NO" How can I determine which new motherboard will fit into my current case, run with my current gear, and give me options to better CPU's and if this is something that really can't be done is there a FM1 socket CPU that you recommend? Thanks in advance

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December 28, 2012 5:36:19 AM

a8-3870k or a8-3850 are good cpus at their price for replacement (but probabily you can't overclock them due to locked bios)

you just nees to check mounting holes and sizes of case/cabinet, they have standards like matx, atx, etc, and you can use other components with new build

otherwise you can also cut from your budget for a new case :/ 
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December 28, 2012 5:53:12 AM

I had looked at just getting a new case, i3-3220, and new mobo to support the intel. I read a few articles that were similar to mine where people were saying moving from the a6(quad core that I have) to an i3 (dual core) i wouldnt be doing myself any good and was told to get an i5. My question at that point would I even see a difference of moving from what I have to an i3(cost of about $270). Not change mobo and just get the AMD a8.(cost of about $120) I know there is the well just spend the extra $60 (totalling $330) and get the i5.

Im already leaning towards getting the i5 set up, but for my own knowledge, would that i3 setup be better than what I have. If so would it be better than upgrading the AMD to the a8 series?
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December 28, 2012 6:38:37 AM

i3 will be better in gaming than a6 and a8 because games does not use more core efficiently
and generally i3 is better but lag behind (very little) in very few multi threaded tasks
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/399?vs=677

a8 will also show improvements over a6
little to good improvements by only 300mhz difference
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/403?vs=399

though i3 and hd7770 is a nice combo and great improvement over a6 (a8 is also a good improvement but little for gaming in comparision to i3 for majority of single player gaming)

or if you can get i5 without any hicup then thats the way to go ;) 
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December 29, 2012 2:10:29 AM

So here is what im planning. Using my PSU,GPU,Ram,Hard drive, Disk drive and getting a new case, i5 and mobo.

The case is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but the motherboard is now my concern. Newegg has them anywhere from $50-$200+. I am trying to squeeze in the best bang for my buck since im splerging for the better CPU.

I am thinking http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but wondering if that is overkill or underkill and what you would recommend.
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December 29, 2012 2:33:07 AM

This would be my suggestion if you could squeeze $30 more for the CPU.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $293.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-28 23:29 EST-0500)

You can check out the 3DMark11 Scores
http://community.futuremark.com/hardware/cpu/Intel+Core+i5-3350P/review
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December 29, 2012 5:29:11 AM

oseano6 said:
So here is what im planning. Using my PSU,GPU,Ram,Hard drive, Disk drive and getting a new case, i5 and mobo.

The case is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but the motherboard is now my concern. Newegg has them anywhere from $50-$200+. I am trying to squeeze in the best bang for my buck since im splerging for the better CPU.

I am thinking http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but wondering if that is overkill or underkill and what you would recommend.


everything is great
board is also good (but not for crossfire)
you can go with it
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