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December 3, 2012 3:00:30 PM

Hello, I'm hoping to get some advice on which processor to order today. I'm stuck between the AMD A10-5800K and the Intel i3-3220, which are both selling for $120. I basically use my computer for light gaming and the usual word processing/web surfing/streaming video/etc. The games I play aren't the most graphically demanding, currently WoW and Empire: Total War. I already own a Radeon HD 6570, and so will be pairing the CPU with this GPU. Thanks in advance for your help.

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December 3, 2012 3:08:32 PM

One is AMD and one is Intel with different socket types. What do you currently have (System specs). Are you buying a new Motherboard too?
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December 3, 2012 3:26:14 PM

Yes, I'll be buying a new MB as well... since my current MB is AM3 (X3 720). My memory is 4GB RAM 1600, what other information should I specify?
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December 3, 2012 3:29:10 PM

I was about to recommend AMD, but surprisingly the i3-3220 according to Anandtech beats the A10-5800K in all game benchmarks.

I thought the TW series was CPU dependent, but a guy on the TW forums benchmarked it with a 2600K and tested with several combinations of cores disabled, and while loading was quicker or slower, performance never really changed but by 2-3 fps.

Although with the AMD you can use the Hybrid Crossfire, Tom's even shows the benefits with and without and onboard.
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December 3, 2012 3:38:48 PM


Upgrade your video card (and PSU if necessary)

At what clocks are your 720BE???

(CPU and IMC/NB)

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December 3, 2012 3:43:18 PM

Yeah, I'd like to upgrade the GPU at some point... but can't afford to right now, so that'll have to wait. OC'ed the 720 to to a conservative 3.2 Ghz... nothing crazy.
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December 3, 2012 3:45:03 PM

Forgot to mention... I have a slim micro atx case, so any future GPU's would have to be low profile, just like my 6570.
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December 3, 2012 3:49:30 PM

Thanks Cliffro, so I guess the info I'd need to find is framerates with the i3-3220 and 6570... which I doubt I'll find, in order to compare with those crossfire rates.
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December 3, 2012 4:25:28 PM


No offense, but I don't follow your logic.

You don't have $$$ for a video upgrade, but you have $300 for a CPU/mobo and OS?

An HD 7750 low profile would likely not need a PSU upgrade, and would be the card of choice for dual graphics for the Trinity APU (on FM2) successor, Kaveri, while increasing your frames 35%.

For $125, or less?

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December 3, 2012 4:36:48 PM

$300? Where'd you get that number? I'm going to spend around $175 for the processor and motherboard. Oh, too late on keeping the X3... cause I just sold it with the MB.
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December 3, 2012 4:54:44 PM


What are you going to use for your OS ?

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December 3, 2012 5:13:01 PM

Well, I already have Win 7 on one hard drive, and Linux Mint on another... so I've got that covered.
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December 3, 2012 5:19:16 PM


So you are violating your ToS and license with MS ??

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December 3, 2012 5:21:10 PM

How's that? I bought an OEM copy when I built my computer... upgrading your cpu violates ToS?
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December 3, 2012 5:22:26 PM

Yes, as I recall, for windows 7 OEM, it pretty much married to the Motherboard.
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December 3, 2012 5:28:27 PM

Oh well, that can wait... I mostly use Mint anyway... needed Win 7 for Steam (Total War)... guess I'll just wait til Steam on Linux comes out of Beta.
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December 3, 2012 5:32:13 PM

I think MS changed that for Win 8, but the full retail version of win 7 you can put on another pc as long as you take it off the old pc first.
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December 4, 2012 4:21:25 PM

it is a stupid system, tbh. why not tie the code to the drive with the os on it...
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December 4, 2012 4:25:42 PM

The code is not tied. The product Key is. If you try to activate it again on a new system, Microsoft will get angry.
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December 14, 2012 12:10:40 AM

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