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April 13, 2012 1:50:46 AM

Hello people of the forums. I have a question.

Currently I am using a Phenom X4 3.7GHZ CPU and I hear Intel is better for the money and I am wanting to know if a switch from AMD to intel would make any performance difference ( such as playing games) and if its worth the money.

Thank You. :hello: 

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April 13, 2012 2:11:21 AM

MrKopaka1016 said:
Hello people of the forums. I have a question.

Currently I am using a Phenom X4 3.7GHZ CPU and I hear Intel is better for the money and I am wanting to know if a switch from AMD to intel would make any performance difference ( such as playing games) and if its worth the money.

Thank You. :hello: 


yeah they are alot better but if your compu does everything u need it to do now leave it and upgrade to intel when it no longer does the job
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April 13, 2012 2:15:50 AM

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April 13, 2012 2:17:49 AM

the cost of moving over to intel for a cpu and motherboard would be approx. $350 depending if all your other hardware is of use.

most likely not cost effective for any performance increase, depending on the application.
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April 13, 2012 2:20:00 AM

I don't think there would be much difference as a 3.7ghz phenom can play any game just fine and your graphics card would be the limiting factor.
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April 13, 2012 2:32:51 AM

if you can sell your old parts the 350 bucks itll cost you for new parts, wont be 350 =]

yes, you would see a performance increase. even if your amd cpu is doing the job of counter balancing your gpu you will still see a fps increase. the new intel arcitecture is just that much more efficient.
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April 13, 2012 2:40:18 AM

to be honest i wouldnt bother upgrading from the phenom to an i5 for gaming. there will be a marginal difference at best... ivy bridge would be a decent upgrade but haswell would be the 1 for you to aim for which isnt here for about 18 months...
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April 13, 2012 4:18:48 AM

I wouldn't do a switch to Sandy Bridges but for the new I5 Ivy Bridges I would sell the old AMD stuff and do a partial re-build around an Ivy Bridges CPU and motherboard.
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April 13, 2012 4:21:21 AM

you can even find z77 motherboards for less than you can find z68
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April 13, 2012 5:03:17 AM

There is no benefit by getting z77 than getting a z68 board in gaming.
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April 13, 2012 5:18:14 AM

its cheaper? it has better virtu? theres no reason to not get it
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April 13, 2012 5:37:06 AM

Cheaper? :non: 
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April 13, 2012 5:44:36 AM

oh you are right, the z77 is 5 dollars more but only because the z68 is 10 dollars off! (edit: was looking at the asrock board; pro3) didnt realize the z68 pro3 was actually cheaper. guess i should look next time =D
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April 13, 2012 6:33:11 AM

Onboard USB 3.0 as well
Does your current rig need upgrading?
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April 13, 2012 6:38:13 AM

Robi_g said:
Onboard USB 3.0 as well
Does your current rig need upgrading?

Barely anyone owns usb 3.0 devices.. :lol: 
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April 13, 2012 6:40:44 AM

I actually hate my 3.0 ports as I wish they were just 2.0 ports. Im actually starting to run out of 2.0 ports that I can use instead of 3.0 ports I can't.
April 13, 2012 6:54:02 AM

your 980 is fine,they oc to 4.2 easily(just by using the multiplyer),and mine ran 2 6950 dirt 3's(unlocked and at 6970 speeds(crossfire) N0 bottleneck.Played BF3 multiplayer on ultra,both gpu's were at 100%.If you want an upgrade,upgrade the GPU.That in its self will get you the best bang for your buck.
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April 13, 2012 8:46:31 AM

esrever said:
I actually hate my 3.0 ports as I wish they were just 2.0 ports. Im actually starting to run out of 2.0 ports that I can use instead of 3.0 ports I can't.

Your USB 2.0 devices will work just fine in a USB 3.0 port it is fully backwards compatible! As far as moving to Intel it really depends on if your current rig can do what you want or not. If you are not having performance issues then I see no point in spending the money on an Intel rig.

I had thought the same thing at one time but the truth is I can play every game I have on max settings with no slow down at all. At the same time my friends Intel rig has problems with a lot of games with micro stutter that I do not have. He has a i5 2500k 8gig ram with a Nvidia 560 and games like Skyrim Rage and some other have horrible stutter so from my point of view Intel is not an option as I want my games to play great which they do on my FX-8120!
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April 13, 2012 9:00:58 AM

^I can tell my devices aren't working in usb 3.0. My wireless usb adpter will no connect with USB 3.0 and my mic has a weird sound problem when on 3.0. Theres just something about 3.0 that doesn't work with my stuff it seems.
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April 13, 2012 10:45:27 AM

my 3.0 ports dont work with everything, however i havent enabled legacy on my 3.0s. dont know if that would help at all but i have more than enough 2.0 ports. if you are running out get a splitter
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