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I3 3220 VS 965 BE

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October 7, 2012 5:34:34 AM

Hey there I am upgrading my current system to a i3 3220 is it more powerful than my Phenom II X4 965BE or should I just use my old CPU and im also going to get a brand new Motherboard, and GPU the mother board will be in this link: www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130655 The GPU will be here: www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127702

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October 7, 2012 6:09:13 AM

Keep your CPU and OC.
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October 7, 2012 7:11:43 AM

It's not an upgrade, but a sidegrade ^

Just get a better GPU and an aftermarket cooler then OC.
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October 7, 2012 8:14:04 AM

Stick with what you have until you can afford an actual upgrade like an i5 or maybe FX Piledriver
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October 7, 2012 12:46:53 PM

The 965 is actually better than the I3. The I3 has around the same performance with it's two cores, but the hyperthreading has nothing on the other two real cores that the 965 has.
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October 7, 2012 2:47:05 PM

yup the 965 still kicks ass in gaming ..no need to get an i3..but if you get an i5-3570k that would be an upgrade ..otherwise keep your existing cpu and just get the 660..better yet get the 7850 instead ..its much cheaper
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October 7, 2012 4:29:43 PM

I can afford the i5 but what gpu am I going to get? Maybe the EVGA GTX280, 480,
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October 7, 2012 5:09:20 PM

280, is not an upgrade to your 560, a 480 is a bit of an upgrade. get a 670 and keep your cpu/mobo I say this based on the cost of a new cpu + mobo possibly being similar.

the 660 you noted will only be a bit faster than your 560, if you had a 460 then i'd say do it.

you are only just upgrading, almost only sidegrading.
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October 7, 2012 5:11:02 PM

The I5 will be much better than both the I3 and the Phenom II. The thing is that you will have to get a new motherboard. The GtX 280 and 480 are VERY old and there is no point in spending the money on a video card that is that old. The farthest I'd go back is one generation the 550 Ti, 560 Ti, 570, 580 and 590. I would figure out how much you can put towards the video card then look at the GTX 600 series video cards and see which ones fit into your budget.
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October 7, 2012 5:19:18 PM

He seems to have a 560 already, anything below a 670 is not worth the upgrade IMO.
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October 7, 2012 5:33:56 PM

Keep the cpu. incrementing on cpu power little by little isn't very cost effective.
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October 7, 2012 5:43:52 PM

13thmonkey said:
He seems to have a 560 already, anything below a 670 is not worth the upgrade IMO.


What about the 580?
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October 7, 2012 5:48:11 PM

Going from the 560 to the 580 is an upgrade but not much. Yes it will be faster but is it really worth the money, probably not.
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October 7, 2012 5:49:30 PM

I think I should upgrade the cpu to a i5 3570K right?
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October 7, 2012 6:00:51 PM

It's up to you. If depends on if you have the money for a new CPU and new motherboard.
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October 7, 2012 6:04:21 PM

rds1220 said:
It's up to you. If depends on if you have the money for a new CPU and new motherboard.


have $1600
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October 7, 2012 6:05:22 PM

noob924 said:
have $1600


In that case I would say yes get the Ivy Bridges I5.
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October 7, 2012 6:05:42 PM

If I were you, I'd get some tough cpu cooler, for extreme OCing, and 680.
Also, you may need to change your PSU.
Tell us your current 1, before it burns.
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October 7, 2012 6:08:58 PM

700w psu
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October 7, 2012 6:11:44 PM

I will also recommend at least waiting 2 generations before making an upgrade normally. 1 generation jump isn't that big in performance.
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October 7, 2012 6:17:05 PM

Just buy a better graphics card like a HD 7970 or a GTX 670.Upgrading the CPU isn't worth your money really.
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October 7, 2012 6:30:24 PM

gtx 670 hmm ok i will get it and will get 12gb of ram to :D 
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October 9, 2012 4:34:38 AM

You don't need any more ram.
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October 9, 2012 4:57:54 AM

amuffin said:
You don't need any more ram.


Why not im going to use it as a Minecraft Server to
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October 9, 2012 7:03:30 AM

noob924 said:
Hey there I am upgrading my current system to a i3 3220 is it more powerful than my Phenom II X4 965BE or should I just use my old CPU and im also going to get a brand new Motherboard, and GPU the mother board will be in this link: www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130655 The GPU will be here: www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127702


The board in your link is a Intel board so its pointless if you keep your 965BE to buy that board, if you are going to buy a new board for the heck of it then a ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z is the only way to go.

GTX 660......NO, NO, no. HD 7850 is $30 cheaper, can be crossfired, can be overclocked to insane levels while the GTX 660 is literally just junk.....I mean no SLI support, locked VR's and just really modest level garbage at a expensive price point, hell at $230 dollars you can smoke it some more with a HD 7870 ghz edition and a GTX 570 yes a GTX 570 makes a 660 look like the crap that is coming out of Nvidia these days.

Lol $1600 and you must buy a whole new setup for a few marginal gains.....thats priceless.
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October 23, 2012 12:03:38 PM

sarinaide said:

GTX 660......NO, NO, no. HD 7850 is $30 cheaper, can be crossfired, can be overclocked to insane levels while the GTX 660 is literally just junk.....I mean no SLI support, locked VR's and just really modest level garbage at a expensive price point, hell at $230 dollars you can smoke it some more with a HD 7870 ghz edition and a GTX 570 yes a GTX 570 makes a 660 look like the crap that is coming out of Nvidia these days.
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this is very false. the 660 almost always outperforms the 570 and does support sli. perhaps you are confusing it with the 650
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