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November 27, 2012 4:59:59 PM

Hey guys, this is my first thread so go easy :) 

Alright basically ive decided that its time to give my pc another upgrade since i have a bit of spare cash, I'm aiming for a faster CPU and a motherboard that will support SLI in the future.

My current build is

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 965
Motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-M
GPU: GTX 570

My budget is around £400/$600 although there is some leeway with that. So far ive considered buying a Intel motherboard that will support SLI and get a I5 2500k, or i could get one the new AMD 8 cores.

Any Ideas?
November 27, 2012 5:23:04 PM

SnowTurtle96 said:
Hey guys, this is my first thread so go easy :) 

Alright basically ive decided that its time to give my pc another upgrade since i have a bit of spare cash, I'm aiming for a faster CPU and a motherboard that will support SLI in the future.

My current build is

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 965
Motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-M
GPU: GTX 570

My budget is around £400/$600 although there is some leeway with that. So far ive considered buying a Intel motherboard that will support SLI and get a I5 2500k, or i could get one the new AMD 8 cores.

Any Ideas?

Honestly why are you upgrading? My brother has a phenom II x4 at 4GHz and no game is bottlenecking it. The 570 is a strong card too. If anything sell your 570 and get a 7970. Otherwise no upgrade will make any difference. It would be better to wait until the 8000 series comes out, and intel/amd launch their new cpus next year.
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November 27, 2012 5:26:21 PM

The issue is the current AMD FX CPUs won't really run a lot faster then what you have. Since you have to change your motherboard anyway I'd go Intel. You can start with an LGA1155 motherboard. I don't know how these models are priced in your area but here I see the MSI Z77A-G41 for $75 at NE, ASRock Z77 Pro3 for $95, GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP for $110. There are lots of options I'd recommend you choose one with the Intel Z77 chipset. You can use the same RAM for now most likely. And get a good i5 like the i5-3550 if you want to overclock the i5-3570K. The nice thing about the 1155 socket is it can go from a Celeron all the way to a i7.
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November 27, 2012 6:28:36 PM

CaptainTom said:
Honestly why are you upgrading? My brother has a phenom II x4 at 4GHz and no game is bottlenecking it. The 570 is a strong card too. If anything sell your 570 and get a 7970. Otherwise no upgrade will make any difference. It would be better to wait until the 8000 series comes out, and intel/amd launch their new cpus next year.


The reason for upgrading is that CPU intensive tasks like rendering 1080p video and such takes far to long, my phenom is currently running at 3.4ghz perhaps overclocking could be an option.

I take it the AMD 8 cores aren't worth my time then?
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November 27, 2012 7:31:40 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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