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Upgrade from Phenom x4 9950 to FX 8150 ? and PC upgrade

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August 11, 2012 11:50:26 PM

Hi,

I am thinking in upgrade my Phenom x4 9950 2.6Ghz BE (Actually 3.0 OC) to a FX 8150.

The reason of this upgrade is because i will travel to USA in september and i will upgrade my video card (Nvidia 9500 gt 1gb -> Radeon 7970) and in USA all the computer things are like 50% more cheaper than in my country (The FX 8150 is like 53% more expensive here) ..

So, i dont know if upgrade it or not, if i do it i will have to upgrade all my pc ( just build a new one and save the HDD xD ).

This is my PC now:

-CPU: AMD Phenom x4 9950 ( 3.0ghz oc )
-GPU: Nvidia 9500 GT 1Gb DDR2
-Mother: MSI K9A2-Neo2 ( http://www.msi.com/product/mb/K9A2-Neo2.html#/?div=Basi... )
-RAM: 4Gb DDR2 ( 400Mhz )
-PS: 450w

And this the new PC:

-CPU: AMD FX 8150
-GPU: Radeon 7970 ( i dont know what brand choose )
-Mother: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2
-RAM: 16 or 32 Gb DDR3 1600 Mhz
-PS: 750w CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 ( Bronze certified, Is this enough or i should get a 650 but with better certified ? )


The new pc will cost 950 - 1020 $ .. with the tax's that i will have to pay in my country the pc will totally cost 1290 - 1380 $

i could also just make a low upgrade to my actual pc ( GPU + PS + More RAM )


So, what do you think about, is time to make a full upgrade to my pc ? or just a low upgrade ?

All Coments will help me a lot! :D 

Thanks!!

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August 11, 2012 11:53:44 PM

Actually with that budget, and considering you need a new board anyway, I think it's time you jump ship to Intel :) 

And considering you're coming here in September, the GTX660Ti will be LONG released, so it's perfect timing.

I can see a configuration like this to be in your best interest -

Intel Core i5 3570k -> Hyper 212 Evo cooling it for your OC needs

8GB kit of 1600Mhz CL9 RAM

ASRock Extreme4 Z77 motherboard

GTX660 Ti

TX650v2 PSU

^ should cost around $700-$800 which leaves you to get a nice sized SSD to make your overall computing experience even better.
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August 12, 2012 12:05:10 AM

Get an Intel Core i5 3570K, similar price to the FX 8150, but kills it in gaming.


The GTX 660 Ti should be a very good choice, but for hi res gaming the Radeon HD 7950 will be a better choice I think. The extra 1GB GDDR5 and 384bit bandwidth help it pull ahead of even the GTX 670 at high levels of AA, hi res textures or multi monitor setups.
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August 12, 2012 12:14:27 AM

stant1rm said:
Get an Intel Core i5 3570K, similar price to the FX 8150, but kills it in gaming.


The GTX 660 Ti should be a very good choice, but for hi res gaming the Radeon HD 7950 will be a better choice I think. The extra 1GB GDDR5 and 384bit bandwidth help it pull ahead of even the GTX 670 at high levels of AA, hi res textures or multi monitor setups.


That's true :) 

For OP's reference - http://www.overclock.net/t/1273746/radeon-7970-will-out...

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August 12, 2012 12:33:45 AM

I agree with what these guys are saying. If you're going to spend that much money just go with Intel. I personally went with an FX 8120 but that's only because I found it for $100. Unless you are lucky enough to find an FX CPU really cheap just don't bother with them. They are good cpu's but they just simply aren't as good as what Intel offers for a comparable price.
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August 12, 2012 1:12:22 AM

hmmm, the 8150 cost 185$ on amazon, and the i5-3570k cost 230$ .. its a little more expensive .. now i am reading comparation and reviews of the 3570k .. i will have it in mind, and if the budget let me, the i5-3570k could be a good option ..

I have seen that the stock clock of the 3570k is 3.4Ghz, and the 8150 is 3.60Ghz .. so, i dont understand why the 3570 have a better performance, but, i read in some review's, comparations and post's, that the ppl choose the 3570k (Dont know the Max OC capacity of both cpu's) ..

The Video Card ... hmm .. i cant buy the 660 Ti, because the video card i will buy it next week (a friend will travel to usa, so he will bring it to me) ... so i suppose i will buy the 7970 ...

What do you say, a 7970 or a 7950 ? or just another GPU ?

Now i will start searching mother's for the 3570k, to see how much could be cost the intel pc ..

OH! And, yes, i am considering to buy a SSD (64Gb, just for the OS's and maybe Guild Wars 2) .. i just dont mentioning in the post because is a plus xD

Thanks to all for the answers, all the comments and information are very helpful!
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August 12, 2012 1:31:21 AM

Tyrius said:
hmmm, the 8150 cost 185$ on amazon, and the i5-3570k cost 230$ .. its a little more expensive .. now i am reading comparation and reviews of the 3570k .. i will have it in mind, and if the budget let me, the i5-3570k could be a good option ..

I have seen that the stock clock of the 3570k is 3.4Ghz, and the 8150 is 3.60Ghz .. so, i dont understand why the 3570 have a better performance, but, i read in some review's, comparations and post's, that the ppl choose the 3570k (Dont know the Max OC capacity of both cpu's) ..

The Video Card ... hmm .. i cant buy the 660 Ti, because the video card i will buy it next week (a friend will travel to usa, so he will bring it to me) ... so i suppose i will buy the 7970 ...

What do you say, a 7970 or a 7950 ? or just another GPU ?

Now i will start searching mother's for the 3570k, to see how much could be cost the intel pc ..

OH! And, yes, i am considering to buy a SSD (64Gb, just for the OS's and maybe Guild Wars 2) .. i just dont mentioning in the post because is a plus xD

Thanks to all for the answers, all the comments and information are very helpful!


Clock speed isn't everything when it comes to CPU's anymore, they're more about how efficient they are, and their Instructions Per Clock (IPC). The 3570k will absolutely smoke anything in it's path when it comes to gaming, even more so than the 8120/8150.

If you can't afford the 3570k, I would highly recommend the i5-2500k as it's just as good, and in most cases, better than the FX-8120/8150.

Next week..the GTX660Ti will be released on the 16th, so it will be the perfect time for you IMO. If you do not want this particular card, then you should opt for the HD7970 or the GTX670. They have absolutely stellar performance for their price range. Here's an excellent post from OCN showing benchmarks with the latest drivers - http://www.overclock.net/t/1273746/radeon-7970-will-out...

If you can squeeze more money into your budget, I would recommend getting a 120GB SSD at least.

As for the OC capability of both CPU's, I would find this irrelevant if you're considering raw performance. The i5-2500k and i5-3570k will both outperform the FX-8150 in most applications in most cases.
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August 12, 2012 1:50:55 AM

GTX 670+i5-2500K.
You don't need a 3570K the i5-2500K will be identical in gaming and is a bit cheaper.
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August 12, 2012 1:57:45 AM

yes, i think that i will go for the 3570k .. i will check the 2500k also

My problem with the GTX660Ti, is that i dont know nothing about it ... but i just see the price (350), and i love it!! :p  .. i will look more about it

What do you think about ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA for the 3570k ?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 12, 2012 2:00:27 AM

I would take muffin's advice about the 2500k+GTX670

Almost equal CPU power, and you're saving more money to invest in a better GPU. Just how things should be.
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August 12, 2012 2:02:59 AM

GTX 660ti will be around $300!
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August 12, 2012 2:04:47 AM

amuffin said:
GTX 670+i5-2500K.
You don't need a 3570K the i5-2500K will be identical in gaming and is a bit cheaper.


I like the price of the GTX 670, with that one, i think that my budget, will be positive ..

The i5-2500k instead the 3570k, i am not sure .. i have think about it.
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August 12, 2012 2:10:49 AM

Tyrius said:
I like the price of the GTX 670, with that one, i think that my budget, will be positive ..

The i5-2500k instead the 3570k, i am not sure .. i have think about it.


They perform equally when overclocked to be honest.

In most cases, the 3570k maxes out at around 4.5-4.6Ghz while the 2500k can push up to 5Ghz+

3570k @ 4.5Ghz = 2500k @ 4.8Ghz

If you won't do any overclocking AT ALL, then the 3570k is the obvious choice. However, since we're on a tight budget, there's a few more factors to consider IMO :) 
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August 12, 2012 2:50:57 AM

You don't need to overclock :) 
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August 12, 2012 2:55:18 AM

True, true :lol: 
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August 12, 2012 3:34:24 AM

What mobo do you recommend for the 3570k ?

i dont have in mind use a dual video card, and maybe i would make some OC, but as you have said, don't need it :D 

Also, can you recommend some shop/site to buy the things ?
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August 12, 2012 3:44:52 AM

I personally purchase all my things (online, anyway) from either newegg.com or amazon.com :)  depending on the deals.

Otherwise, if the place you're going to has a microcenter nearby, they have some great deals there as well.

Also, I would recommend the ASRock Extreme 4 Mobo.
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August 13, 2012 3:12:18 AM

Did you know that Newegg reviews are POS?
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August 13, 2012 6:04:38 AM

what do you mean with "POS" ? ...


i think that tomorrow i will get the final build, right now is more or less the set up that mocchan post in the 2nd post ..

Diamond Raedon 7970 [420$] ( or the gtx 670 [400$], i am not sure yet )

i5-3570k [230$]

ASRock Extreme4 Z77 [135$] ( Thinking in a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H [150$] )

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2133MHz [60$]

CORSAIR TX750 V2 [106$] (The same price that the tx650v2)

Total cost 951$
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August 13, 2012 2:55:37 PM

Tyrius said:
what do you mean with "POS" ? ...


i think that tomorrow i will get the final build, right now is more or less the set up that mocchan post in the 2nd post ..

Diamond Raedon 7970 [420$] ( or the gtx 670 [400$], i am not sure yet )

i5-3570k [230$]

ASRock Extreme4 Z77 [135$] ( Thinking in a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H [150$] )

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2133MHz [60$]

CORSAIR TX750 V2 [106$] (The same price that the tx650v2)

Total cost 951$



It looks good. I would probably get the GTX 670 in this case, it's a proven performer. By the way POS = Piece of S**t.
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August 14, 2012 12:22:25 AM

Yeah, definitely i will go for the 670 ..

what about the EVGA 670 FTW ?

I like EVGA because have global warranty, so, its something is wrong i could make the RMA from Argentina .. ( it will cost a lot the shipping, so nothing have to be brong xD ) ..

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphi...


Also, i want to get a SSD, for the OS's (Windows & Linux) and some games like Guild wars 2, L4D2, Skyrim, etc ...

i was thinking a crucial (At the begin i would buy the 64 gb version, but seeing the prices i will go for the 128gb version) ...

What about the crucial 128GB ? anyone try it ? or what SSD should i get ? ( i dont know to much about ssd's )

http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


( i supposed that POS mean xD )
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August 14, 2012 3:51:38 AM

EVGA is probably the best manufacturer of nVidia cards. The FTW is a very good choice, and it's well priced.

The Crucial SSD is a very well received by most enthusiasts. I prefer OCZ, but that's just me.
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August 14, 2012 4:22:09 AM

Crucial SSD is a very solid choice. I myself, am inclined to suggest the Samsung 830 which is very good and has not given me any trouble out of the box.
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