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May 19, 2012 11:58:07 PM

Ok, so I want to get a CPU upgrade and can't find any 1100t's ANYWHERE.

So my question is, do I stick with my AMD Phenom II x4 840 or do I get an AMD FX-8150 3.60GHz (4.20GHz Turbo)?

I play games while recording and I render ALOT, my 840 just doesn't seem to cut it. So I am asking you guys for help.

ALSO If I buy a new AM3+ Motherboard now, will my 840 work OK in it until I can afford my 8150 if I was to buy one?


THANKS!

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May 20, 2012 12:06:07 AM

swaggaoriginz said:
Ok, so I want to get a CPU upgrade and can't find any 1100t's ANYWHERE.

So my question is, do I stick with my AMD Phenom II x4 840 or do I get an AMD FX-8150 3.60GHz (4.20GHz Turbo)?

I play games while recording and I render ALOT, my 840 just doesn't seem to cut it. So I am asking you guys for help.

ALSO If I buy a new AM3+ Motherboard now, will my 840 work OK in it until I can afford my 8150 if I was to buy one?


THANKS!


Unless you can find one on Ebay you probably aren't going to find any Phenom II's. AMD has stopped making Phenom II and Athlon II's.
May 20, 2012 12:16:27 AM

what about getting a intel cpu?
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May 20, 2012 12:22:53 AM

The only Phenom II 6 core CPU that can still be found is the 1045T.
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May 20, 2012 12:23:41 AM

"If I buy a new AM3+ Motherboard now, will my 840 work OK in it until I can afford my 8150 if I was to buy one?"

Yes.
May 20, 2012 12:23:43 AM

mercer95 said:
what about getting a intel cpu?


I was thinking about it but i'm 15 and don't have a job... I getting my funds from pure luck. I could get and i5 if that's any good?
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May 20, 2012 12:27:45 AM

Yes the I5 is a great processor. For price to performance the I5 is extreamly fast and can easily be overclocked to 4.5 GHz with a good cooler.
May 20, 2012 12:29:49 AM

rds1220 said:
Yes the I5 is a great processor. For price to performance the I5 is extreamly fast and can easily be overclocked to 4.5 GHz with a good cooler.

But is it good for recording and playing at the same time? Also, is there an AMD alternative to it?
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May 20, 2012 12:30:53 AM

Today, there are NO amd cpu chips that outperform their Intel counterparts in gaming.
Read this:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
Your X4 is about as good as you are going to get for gaming.

Multitasking and rendering is a different question.

Is your current problem with gaming, or rendering/multitasking?

What is the rest of your system?

For reference, your cpu has a passmark # of 2917
A FX-8150 is 8236
A 1100T is 6203
A 2500K is 6741
All at stock speeds. Add 20% for overclocking.
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May 20, 2012 12:36:20 AM

swaggaoriginz said:
But is it good for recording and playing at the same time? Also, is there an AMD alternative to it?


No there is no AMD CPU that can beat out the I5 or I7 processors. The Bulldozer is about equal to the Core 2 Duo which can be argued is on the verge of becoming obsolete. If you're going to be running different programs at the same time you would be better off with the I7.
May 20, 2012 12:37:16 AM

geofelt said:
Today, there are NO amd cpu chips that outperform their Intel counterparts in gaming.
Read this:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
Your X4 is about as good as you are going to get for gaming.

Multitasking and rendering is a different question.

Is your current problem with gaming, or rendering/multitasking?

What is the rest of your system?


Well, I currently have:

Corsair GS700
Amd Phenom II x4 @3.20GHz
ASRock N68 UCC
Radeon HD 5670
8GB 1333MHz RAM

BUT!

I am upgrading To a GTX 560 Ti So I Want a new CPU so I don't bottleneck it. And my problem is multitasking (Gaming/recording)
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May 20, 2012 12:38:22 AM

swaggaoriginz said:
But is it good for recording and playing at the same time? Also, is there an AMD alternative to it?


If you mean recording with a program like Fraps, your Phenom II should be good enough for that. A SB/IB i5 would be better, of course, but the extra performance isn't needed for just THAT use.
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May 20, 2012 12:39:26 AM

The problem I'm seeing is your GPU (which you say you're upgrading anyway), not your CPU.
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May 20, 2012 12:43:14 AM

I agree I would upgrade the video card. The 5670 is ok but there has been alot of advancements in video cards since the 5670 was released.
May 20, 2012 12:45:20 AM

Should I go for an i5 2500k or is it worth saving that little bit more for the i7?
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May 20, 2012 12:47:10 AM

swaggaoriginz said:
Should I go for an i5 2500k or is it worth saving that little bit more for the i7?


If you feel like you just HAVE to upgrade, go with the 2500K/3570K. No need for an i7 for what you want to do.
May 20, 2012 12:48:14 AM

Thanks for the help guys
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May 20, 2012 2:17:41 AM

swaggaoriginz said:
Should I go for an i5 2500k or is it worth saving that little bit more for the i7?


I vote for the 2500K, or the 3750K.
Either will OC to the same levels as the i7.

The extra threads on the I7 will not help gaming, but may help rendering/multitasking.
But The $100 or so difference is probably better spent on a graphics card for gaming.
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