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So my sig rig is getting a bit long in the tooth. It has served me well for nearly 6 years now. I wasn't very impressed with the E6300 until I tossed my Asus board and went with the Gigabyte. It has been overclocked now for 3 years at a super stable 2.8GHz. I've gone higher but requires too much tinkering to remain stable.

I've pieced out an upgrade over and over and I just can't build an Intel system that, on paper, matches an AMD FX system dollar for dollar in preformance. Is it really time to switch back? The last time I owned an AMD system, it was an unlocked Barton 2.8GHz that ran 3.2GHz flawlessly.

I'm not really brand loyal, but my father builds AMD systems for CAD and even taking out the Quadro cards and swapping my video card into his (8800GT, which died Christmas day and has since sparked this internal debate), it took him a couple years to have a system that would outbench mine.

Which direction should I go? And my budget is about $400 dollars give or take. Currently based on a $115 Nvidia GTX 550ti card and 8GB of DDR3 G-Skill Ripsaw RAM for $40.
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You could do an Intel i5-2500K system with your specs really close to $400, maybe slightly above. What AMD chip are you looking at getting?
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$300 can get you an i3 or amd fx + mobo + ram
that way you have $100 to spare for your gpu.


Or you could go all out with the $400 and get an i5 2500k + mobo + ram
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You could do an Intel i5-2500K system with your specs really close to $400, maybe slightly above. What AMD chip are you looking at getting?

I was specing the AMD system with the FX-4100 3.6GHz. The 2500k is $100 more. So I guess the question is basically... is the 2500k really worth $100 more? And from an unbiased point of view. I am uneasy about the switch, my Core 2 has been one nice CPU so I would say if this were a $25 or $50 difference I probably wouldn't have posted this thread. But $100 dollars?
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$300 can get you an i3 or amd fx + mobo + ram
that way you have $100 to spare for your gpu.
Or you could go all out with the $400 and get an i5 2500k + mobo + ram

Well so far:

$115 for the 550ti
$40 for the RAM.

So I have about $245 left. for the board and RAM. Everything else in the system is relatively new at this point, except for the case but that's a luxury thing. Mine still holds components lol.
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Well, after reading Tom's, Legit Reviews, etc. even the i3 beats the FX-4100... in every benchmark... but can I really bring myself to buy a CPU that allows ZERO overclocking ability?
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You can get an i5-2500K, halfway decent motherboard , and 8GB RAM for about $350 now that I look at it closer. The overclocking potential on that chip is fantastic as well. I think it would be hard to beat that with AMD. You can even find the 2500K for $199 on sale sometimes, which makes it a no-brainer to me. The AMD solution might be cheaper, but you won't get the headroom on the system.
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Well, after reading Tom's, Legit Reviews, etc. even the i3 beats the FX-4100... in every benchmark... but can I really bring myself to buy a CPU that allows ZERO overclocking ability?

Since you're on an overclocking website, probably not smile.gif

If you have a MicroCenter anywhere around you, a 2500K is $180, and they often have deals of "Get $50 any P67/Z68 motherboard with a 2500K/2600K purchase". Could easily get the CPU and board for $245 in that case.
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I think it would be hard to beat that with AMD. You can even find the 2500K for $199 on sale sometimes, which makes it a no-brainer to me. g.gif
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shoot for the i5 you will be happier in the long run or if you still want to go amd i would go with a Phenom x6 chip they beat out fx in alot of benchmarks.
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