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Looking To Upgrade and Switch AMD to Intel

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December 12, 2012 2:17:15 PM

Hello all,

I've stumbled across this community in my attempts at researching a CPU/Mobo upgrade and swap from AMD to Intel.

I put together a desktop gaming-focused setup back in early-mid 2010, in anticipation for Battlefield 3. As it's almost 2013, and my current main focus is Guild Wars 2, I've been looking to make some upgrades.

*Links are to Newegg*

My current setup:
  • -AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGIBOX
  • -ASUS M4N82 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI AMD Motherboard
  • -CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory Model CMD4GX2M2A1066C5
  • -Rosewill Xtreme Series RX950-D-B 950W Power Supply
  • -COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP
  • -EVGA NVIDIA Geforce GTX 570

    Upgrades I'm looking at:
  • -Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
  • -CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
  • -ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • -Also looking at an SSD, in addition to my primary, to install GW2 onto: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT060A3K5 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    A Side Note
    I've put together my current setup with minor help from some friends, who also helped me pick the hardware. However, I'm looking for additional input here. I'm not the most hardware-savy gamer, but I'm aware of how the pieces go together. I just need help making final decisions on purchases that are all compatible and good investments.

    My question(s):
  • -Are the upgrades I'm looking to get compatible with each other and with my current setup?
  • -Will the new mobo/cpu work well with my GTX 570?
  • -Do I need a new power supply to support the upgrades?
  • -Anything that I've missed?

    Thank you for anyone taking the time to read this. I'd appreciate any helpful and constructive advice you'd like to give.

    Thank you very much TH community.
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    December 12, 2012 2:45:17 PM

    It's an excellent processor, good choice there. For SSD, the Samsung 830 is a lot more capable and still cheap. If you want the very best (in consumer drives), Samsung 840 Pro is the way to go, but the 830 isn't far behind and is a lot cheaper.
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    December 12, 2012 5:34:07 PM

    Thanks for the reply! So, the ASUS P8Z77-V should work well with the i5 -3570k?
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