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Shifting from phenom 920 to bullodzer 8120

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January 14, 2013 7:01:21 PM

Hello,

Is shifting from Phenom 920 to bulldozer 8120 a good move. Basically the system will be used for gaming and watching movies at times.

I game a resolutions close to 1024 * 1280
so will shifting the CPU make fair difference in the frame rates (as I know that games are more CPU bound at lower resolutions)

My graphics card is a 7850.

I am a bit worried since in one of the CPU benchmarks in tom's hardware the phenom 920 is placed along with the 8120 as far as gaming is concerned.

Thanks in advance

January 14, 2013 7:05:59 PM

If you want an increase with gaming performance, the Bulldozer isn't recommended. I would recommend spending a little more money on an i5 processor which will give you a lot better performance upgrade than upgrading to a bulldozer. If you do decide to upgrade to an i5, you will need to buy a new motherboard because of the different socket sizes.
Hope this helps.
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January 14, 2013 7:13:45 PM

If you want an amd cpu, get the ones from piledriver architecture, like the FX-6300, FX-8320/8350.
You should also consider the intel side of cpus like the i5 quad cores ones like the i5-3470 and i5-3570k.
Also why not buy a new monitor with 1080p resolution support,while at it.
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January 14, 2013 7:21:10 PM

Thanks a lot for the answers. But I am from India and the Pledriver series is yet not available here.

Also intel i5 2500k is around $120 more expensive than AMD 8120 (In India eveything sells at 2- 30 dollars more than US).

So will overclocking the 8120 to something like 3.5 Ghz match the new piledriver 8320.

I plan to get a 1080p monitor in sometime but the MOBO, ram and CPU upgrade is really breaking my back here as it amounts to $300.

Thanks
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