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I5 versus Phenom X6.

I'm thinking about upgrading my Phenom II X6 1055T to an Ivy Bridge I5. I was looking at the 3450. I have three questions. One, will an i5 3450 overclock well, 2, is it a worthwhile upgrade and 3 what is a good, budget Ivy Bridge capable mobo?
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  1. stant1rm said:
    I'm thinking about upgrading my Phenom II X6 1055T to an Ivy Bridge I5. I was looking at the 3450. I have three questions. One, will an i5 3450 overclock well, 2, is it a worthwhile upgrade and 3 what is a good, budget Ivy Bridge capable mobo?


    To be honest, it's not really worth the upgrade unless there is a specific feature you are interested in on IVB. The i5 3450 has a locked multiplier so it will not overclock well.

    I would say to save your money and by an SSD.
  2. 1. No, it is locked can turbo to 3.5Ghz thats it.
    2. Worth upgrading to a i5 3570k that will overclock great.
    3. ASUS P8Z77 $127.50 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837
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    IMO not worth upgrading. Overclock your Phenom and you will have no trouble running contemporary games.
  4. FinneousPJ said:
    IMO not worth upgrading. Overclock your Phenom and you will have no trouble running contemporary games.


    This.
  5. My phenom is not overclocking well, that is one the reason's I'm considering jumping to an I5. If I push it to 3.5GHz the PC won't even POST, just power on. Part of it might be the motherboard I've got (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128451). But I figure a water cooled X6 even with a locked multiplier should have some head room to overclock, but nope. None. I have a 6970 and I'm almost afraid I'm not using it's full potential.

    If I went to an I5, with my Corsair water cooler, 4GHz wouldn't be unreasonable right?
  6. It would only be a marginal upgrade, not worth the 300$.

    Wait until Piledriver and Haswell, then decide :P
  7. So it wouldn't be worth it, even though my X6 is stuck at stock speeds?
  8. Might be your board that's stopping you from overclocking. The CPU should definitely be able to oc, normally. It's still not really worth to switch over in your case.
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