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If I want to upgrade to Bulldozer(maybe 2. or 3. Generation in 2012/13) and buy an AM3+ or by then maybe AM4 board could I reuse the rest of my current hardware(sig) or is it incompatible or maybe completely outdated by then?

I know this is the AMD-forum, but would it also be possible to switch to Intel and reuse the current hardware, except the cpu and mainboard, if Intel will offer a better cpu by then?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 10
The RAM, Optical Drive(s), HDD's, GPX card (You could upgrade if you want although it will be fine for a couple more years), PSU, CPU Cooler, Monitor you can all keep.
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Pretty much everything short of the proc and mobo. looking at your sig rig it should be fine for a while
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Everything minus the Mobo and CPU.
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Paratrooper1n0 View Post
The RAM, Optical Drive(s), HDD's, GPX card (You could upgrade if you want although it will be fine for a couple more years), PSU, CPU Cooler, Monitor you can all keep.
I'm sure it will just be fine for a couple more years, as you said, even though there are many games where I have to reduce the settings a lot.

I have a problem though, that every new piece of hardware, especially CPUs, seem so vastly superior to the "old" crap I have and my junk seems completely redundant and outdated.

It's silly but I always feel the urge to upgrade, even though I honestly can't afford to.
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post #6 of 10
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It's silly but I always feel the urge to upgrade, even though I honestly can't afford to.
Nah, I get that all the time
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post #7 of 10
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Everything minus the Mobo and CPU.
This ^^^
You can keep almost all your rig, heck, you may be able even to keep the CPU if it's AM3, it'll fit and run in AM3+ (just not in AM4 when it comes)
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post #8 of 10
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How about a switch to Intel, if they'll have a better cpu than Bulldozer in a year or two?

Would it also be possible to reuse the rest of the hardware and just switch to an Intel cpu with a compatible mainboard?
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post #9 of 10
Intel, yes but why you already have a 6 core proc

what games do you have to turn down to play and at what res?

it might be something else causing this to happen

with my sig rig running as normal (HT on)I can max out all my games
when I turn Hyper threading off I get lag in some of the heavier (larger)battles in SC2
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post #10 of 10
Granted I only have a 1600 x 900 monitor that I play games on, but I can play Metro 2033 cranked way up and still be over 40fps. I cant really think of a game your rig would struggle to run...
Something else must be going on.

Also, all you need would be a new mobo/cpu.
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