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Buying a new processor for heavy gaming, needs help

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July 12, 2012 5:19:42 PM

I want to buy a new processor for heavy gaming, i heard intel is better than amd so im gonna get one of those, but idk which one to buy for my computer, best buy no longer has my computer in its database but they have a computer thats similar, ill post it below.

please help i want to be able to play games on higher settings and im pretty sure its my processor thats slowing them down, cuz when i overclocked my processor with amd overdrive my fps doubled, or almost tripled in all my games. i need help picking out what kind of processor for about 400 dollars, and also need advice on whether i would need to get a whole new motherboard or any other advice to accomodate the new processor, i dont want to spend any more than that unless there is a significant difference, im looking for I7 intel.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Elite+Desktop...

Above is the type of computer i have, the only differences is my computer doesnt have a blueray, i upgraded the graphics card to a gtx 550ti, i upgraded to a 600 watt power supply, my computer has a 1.5 TB harddrive, and my comp has as AMD phenom II six core processor. Everything else i imagine is the same, idk about the mother board, cuz best buy no longer shows specs for it, here is a link to my computer but with not full specs and no upgrades

http://reviews.bestbuy.com/answers/3545/product/1757131...

THank you in advance.
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July 12, 2012 5:40:43 PM

Well, there's a few things to consider here. You WILL need a new motherboard to go with Intel, an i5 is plenty, and you'll have to get a new copy of Windows if you decide that this is worth it because the OEM version of Windows that you have can only ever be used and activated on the board that it was originally installed on.

With that said, the hardware can be bought for under $400.

i5 3570K Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 $229.99

Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $124.99

Total: $354.98

Add another $99.99 onto that for this. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

You can go down to an i3 and fit the cost of Windows into your budget too, if you wish.

i3 2120 Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 $124.99

That total with the board from above and the Windows 7 from above would come to $349.97
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July 12, 2012 6:36:50 PM

I would do some checking around first, there are plenty of charts here. You have a six core Phenom already and whilst the I5/I7s of this world offer a bit more oomph, you are hardly upgrading from an old single or dual core. Be sure you are going to get a decent upgrade experience.
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July 13, 2012 5:24:19 AM

DJDeCiBeL said:
Well, there's a few things to consider here. You WILL need a new motherboard to go with Intel, an i5 is plenty, and you'll have to get a new copy of Windows if you decide that this is worth it because the OEM version of Windows that you have can only ever be used and activated on the board that it was originally installed on.

With that said, the hardware can be bought for under $400.

i5 3570K Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 $229.99

Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $124.99

Total: $354.98

Add another $99.99 onto that for this. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

You can go down to an i3 and fit the cost of Windows into your budget too, if you wish.

i3 2120 Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 $124.99

That total with the board from above and the Windows 7 from above would come to $349.97


i appreciate the advice, im willing to spend about 600.00 now that i know i would have to buy new windows, so if i buy intel i have get a new motherboard? why?
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July 13, 2012 5:32:23 AM

johndud said:
so if i buy intel i have get a new motherboard? why?


Because what you have now is AMD. You can only use AMD CPU's in that motherboard.
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