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AMD FX-8150 Eight-Core vs i5-2500k sandy bridge

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June 18, 2012 4:20:06 PM

Hello, I'm interested in streaming games, but I seem to be unable to on my Phenom II X4 960t processor at 3.00GHz.
(Internet is fine, looked on tsk manager and other programs and said my cpu was at 100%, when it was just the game it was silky smooth)
So, I'm now looking at an AMD processor and an Intel processor. How do the FX-8150 8 core compare to the i5-2500k?(Those are the exact CPUs im comparing)

If I need to get the intel processor I need to get a new mobo, but if I get the AMD I save a butt load of money.

In the end, I would like to save money, but only if the new processor will do what I want.

If you guys need more info to help me get an answer, please ask away! :wahoo: 

P.S: Should I use the stock fan or get a new one? No OCing planned yet. And will I need a new PSU? I'm not sure what mine is atm.
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June 18, 2012 5:03:10 PM

The 8150 is a better choice since it's not that bad compared to the 2500k and it will save money!
The hyper 212+ is great and it's good for overclocking otherwise there is no need for aftermarket cooling.
June 18, 2012 5:07:19 PM

Are there any statistics proving so? I'm figuring out that while amd processors are good for budget builds, they have some minor problems that the intel dont :( 
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June 18, 2012 5:10:44 PM

In some tests yes but in most it shows the 8150 is the same as the 2500k and in some a lot better.
The 8150 might cut 3 fps out of your game but it's worth saving the money beacause i have a 8120 and have no complaints.
June 18, 2012 5:22:07 PM

I would agree it might be worth saving the money cuz 8150 is still a good cpu but i5 is singnificantly better at almost everything, and much better @ gaming.
Here are the benchmarks:
Even some of the worst cpu you can get from intel right now (Pentium G640) will consistently beat a quad core phenom.

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June 18, 2012 5:28:38 PM

Here is a mid-range pentium vs a mid-range phenom x4

Also to answer some of your other questions I would highly recommend just bite the bullet and get an intel setup, muuch more powerful but also more expensive, plus ASUS intel mobos are beastly better than most amd and u can get open box ones for pretty cheap.
I highly highly doubt you will need a new PSU what is your wattage and Gfx card?
June 18, 2012 5:30:25 PM

Not sure about my psu but my gfx is a sapphire radeon 6870
June 18, 2012 5:35:28 PM

Yeah if you have a psu with enough watts to handle that card then i really doubt you will need a new one just for cpu upgrade. especially cuz intel cpu are much much more efficient need way less power than amd (if thats what you are going to get)
June 18, 2012 5:37:50 PM

I beleive i will get intel, the stats just out work the amd cpu! Thank you everyone
June 18, 2012 5:37:51 PM

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