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I currently have an FX 4100 and I'm not too happy with it. I'm planning on running two GTX 460s in SLI, so I need to get both a new CPU and a new motherboard. I'm struggling to decide if I'm going to stay on with AMD by choosing an 8150 (or a 8120) or to jump to Intel and buy a 2500k...I have to spend about the same amount of money approx. for either. I've seen the benchmarks and the 8150 ties or is a bit below the 2500k on almost all of them. I'm almost convinced that the 2500k is better, but does the fact that the 8150 have 8 cores might make it more future proof 2-3 years from now where we might see games and applications threaded better? I can't decide which of the two to buy :/
 
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I'd recommend going intel if you need a new motherboard and have the money for a slightly more expensive board than if you were going amd. However, I'd definitely look up the benches online that compare FX-8150 to the 2500k for YOUR SPECIFIC USE!! and decide for yourself smile.gif It is your money after all, and no one can make the decision but you!
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I currently have an FX 4100 and I'm not too happy with it. I'm planning on running two GTX 460s in SLI, so I need to get both a new CPU and a new motherboard. I'm struggling to decide if I'm going to stay on with AMD by choosing an 8150 (or a 8120) or to jump to Intel and buy a 2500k...I have to spend about the same amount of money approx. for either. I've seen the benchmarks and the 8150 ties or is a bit below the 2500k on almost all of them. I'm almost convinced that the 2500k is better, but does the fact that the 8150 have 8 cores might make it more future proof 2-3 years from now where we might see games and applications threaded better? I can't decide which of the two to buy :/

No one can really answer that frown.gif However, an OC'd 2500K, will only be as fast as it is right now, it won't get faster over the next few years. And the Programs will likely require more. If current games are only using 2 cores, they are only using 25% of a bulldozer. So, there is a potential there, for a game made for it, for bulldozer.

you know the facts, the Decision is yours.
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Well, you posted in AMD section, so I would say your heart lies with AMD. As long as you overclock FX-81xx, it should provide better performance than FX-41xx. Will it beat 2500K? Probably not. Will it be an improvement? Definitely yes.

If you want to switch to Intel, wait for Ivy Bridge (3570K) and Z75/Z77 motherboard. You can buy Z68 motherboard, but you may end up with a motherboard that does not have the latest BIOS for Ivy Bridge (meaning you need Sandy Bridge to update BIOS).
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There's no way to future-proof your PC. Buy what performs best now and worry about future games when they get here.
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Well, you posted in AMD section, so I would say your heart lies with AMD. As long as you overclock FX-81xx, it should provide better performance than FX-41xx. Will it beat 2500K? Probably not. Will it be an improvement? Definitely yes.

You're right. But, I don't have a big budget. I can't justify the $50-70 I'd spend more on the 8150 than a 2500k...that could help me buy solid motherboard that is OC friendly. Something like this probably: http://www.compusa.pr/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=353599&CatId=6975
 
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in my opinion, go with a 1090T and wait for the piledrivers tongue.gif
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You're right. But, I don't have a big budget. I can't justify the $50-70 I'd spend more on the 8150 than a 2500k...that could help me buy solid motherboard that is OC friendly. Something like this probably: http://www.compusa.pr/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=353599&CatId=6975

I'm not too familiar with Puerto Rico, is that the only store you can buy from? Either way that Gigabyte motherboard is a bit overpriced.
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in my opinion, go with a 1090T and wait for the piledrivers tongue.gif

I second that if you don't want to upgrade to a new mobo. The Thubans and even the Denebs fair much better when it comes to gaming and anything single threaded. Your experience is not going to bet any better on a FX 8xxx chip fir gaming since games don't use more then 4 cores at the most. The FX 8xxx chips won't beat a 2500 when it comes to gaming but if you do any heavy multi threaded apps such as encoding, the FX 8 core chips are great.
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myself i was gonna buy the 8150 and went with the 8120 to save money due to the only difference is stock clock and i overclock anyway, figured it was a better deal.thumb.gif
ps. i had a 1090t, i get higher bench scores with my 8120, lower temps,lower voltage and my personal opinion only but i think 8120 is better than the 1090t from personal knowledge.
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