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Is there any way for me to easily switch from AMD to Intel?

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January 24, 2013 10:29:13 PM

I recently purchased a ASUS M5A99FX-Pro R2 motherboard to use with my already purchased AMD phenom II X4 970. I am debating whether to upgrade my AMD cpu to a FX-8350 x8, or buy a new Intel motherboard (something like the ASUS P8Z77-V-PRO) and a Intel i5-3570k. After reading many reviews and benchmarks, I am under the impression that the 3570k out-performs most of the AMD cpu's. I plan on using my PC mainly for gaming, not video rendering. My current specs are:

Motherboard: ASUS M5A99FX-Pro R2
CPU: AMD phenom II X4 970
Graphics Card: NVIDIA gtx 560 ti (Asus) - hopefully to be upgraded to a 660 ti soon
Case: Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene White
Power Supply: Antek 650w
RAM: 12 gigs (2x2 gigs and 2x4 gigs)
Monitor: 27” 2ms Asus VK278Q
CPU cooler: Coolermaster Universal Hyper 212 EVO

Thanks in advance for helping out a new user :) 
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January 24, 2013 10:31:56 PM

You'll have to buy a new board & CPU, obviously, ensure that your RAM is compatible with the board, & a new Windows license to install on the machine (your license merges with the board, so).
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January 24, 2013 10:34:52 PM

No, unlike the olden days when AMD and Intel were cross compatible they are not cross compatible today. The only way to switch to Intel is get a new motherboard along with a new CPU.
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January 24, 2013 10:57:28 PM

Is it worth the switch or should i just buy one of the current AMD cpu's?
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January 24, 2013 11:04:32 PM

Hi :) 

You could put in your board an AMD 1100T ....

I run them for gaming with a 7990 and no Intel machine will be even one frame better in games ....

Not cheap or easy to find, but cheaper than a new Intel mobo and cpu...



All the best Brett :) 
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January 25, 2013 1:56:06 AM

Overclocked, the i5 totally dominates and the FX is left behind. Imo, just get a 6300 and overclock. It won't make much of a difference from the 8350.
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January 25, 2013 2:49:55 AM

You have a very good motherboard and an 8350 is the better option here. That board will help you max out the OC potential of an 8350.

I would personally OC the 970 and wait for Steam roller so that i get the maximum performance jump in AM3+ socket. 970 is a good quad chip and with a 660ti, you wont see any diff while playing, between it and a 3570K/8350 + 660ti.

I say this considering that I am happy with 30+fps in games on any setting.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/701?vs=186

good luck
-satyam
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January 26, 2013 9:05:58 PM

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