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Should I re-upgrade from Asus/AMD to Gigabyte/Intel?

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OLD:
Asus M5A88-V EVO
Phenom II X4 960T [Unlocked to 6 cores (Prime95 stable 24+ hours, OCCT stable 12+ hours!!) thumb.gif]

NEW:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3
i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core

I just purchased the Asus/AMD parts for a new build to unlock and overclock to get a bit of power from the CPU, i.e., 24/7 stable OC. I'm neither particularly interested in benchmarking results or looking to break records.

I only tested them (on top of the motherboard's cardboard box) to unlock the cores and for their stability. I never tried to overclock.

Seeing this Intel/Gigabyte bundle on sale I am tempted to upgrade and sell the old parts because Intel is better performing.

The new bundle seems to meet my needs, except it has Intel HD graphics which should be able to run 1080p videos.

Do you think this is a worthy upgrade?
post #2 of 6
What are your needs exactly?
     
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well I noticed a boost in performance going from a 4ghz 1055t to a 4.5-4.8 ghz 2500k. If you are able to get a majority of your money back by selling your current parts I wouldn't see anything negative about upgrading?
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That's not a great motherboard. Look for deals elsewhere if you are considering a switch. I would not recommend overclocking too far on that board. It looks like it has very little VRM cooling.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2011/10/11/gigabyte-ga-z68ap-d3-review/7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pao View Post

What are your needs exactly?
  • SATA III,
  • Onboard graphics (the Intel HD takes care of this)
  • art programs,
  • extensive multiple tab use in GC/IE
  • occasional 1080p video playback.
  • No games.
Quote:
Originally Posted by d4n0wnz View Post

well I noticed a boost in performance going from a 4ghz 1055t to a 4.5-4.8 ghz 2500k.
on what motherboard?
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Originally Posted by importflip View Post

That's not a great motherboard. Look for deals elsewhere if you are considering a switch. I would not recommend overclocking too far on that board. It looks like it has very little VRM cooling.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2011/10/11/gigabyte-ga-z68ap-d3-review/7
What about this?

ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3)
Edited by Stealth3si - 4/5/12 at 9:36pm
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I'm going to keep it!
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