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I am thinking about finally upgrading my WinXP system thats still running on an old AMD AM2+ Phenom II x4 940 with DDR2 Ram.

See the "Black Sparrow" build in my Sig.

I will NOT be upgrading the OS yet as it is not in the budget, and I will probably keep using the GTX 275 for now...

But I want to upgrade the CPU and Ram to something newer.

I am looking at Microcenter's great bundle deals...

I can get the FX-4100 with an ASrock 990FX motherboard, and 4GB of Corsair DDR2-1600 all for under $200...

Or, just today I got aMicrocenter email advertising a new bundle deal with third Gen Intel CPU's and Motherboards...

So that got me looking at the i3-3220 and the i3-3225, bundled with an Asrock Z77 motherboard... because they're comparably priced with the FX4100...

Now I do not do much with this computer, as it is primarily used for browsing the internet, monitoring my emails, and occassionally I will load up Second Life, Star Trek Online, or GuildWars2 on it... but other then that it is not used for much Gaming, but when I do use it for such I want it to have a bit of 'beef' under the hood to handle it...

I probably will not want to overclock it, as I already have a beefy 2500K in my primary machine that is used for more heavy gaming and it overclocks extraordinarily well! In fact I may consider swapping its Z68 with the Z77 if I go the Intel route instead of the FX4100 route...

My question is...

The 3225 has integrated Graphics. Is it worth using this by itself, or would my GTX 275 still be a better GPU to keep using?

Is it worth using my GTX 275 with the 3225... or would I be better of with the 3220?

How do these compare with running the FX4100 with the GTX 275?
     
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I would go with the Intel i3-3220 or i3-3225 with z77 and upgrade your main rig with the z77 then use the z68 on this rig. The FX-4100 is not worth getting. FX - 6300 is the best bang for your buck on AMD side and overall a little better the the i3-3220 or i3-3225.
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Is it worth using the i3's with my GTX 275, or would the i3's preform better without it?

I know the GTX 275 is a pretty old generation Gfx Card, but its been pretty reliable and has taken everything I've thrown it at thus far... considering this is just a low-end PC build used for internet and some light gaming...

But I don't know anything about the supposed, integrated graphics, thats included with the i3 3225 so I am not sure how it would compare...

Like, would the i3-3220 with the GTX 275 preform better then the i3-3225 by itself?

Or is it worth using the i3-3225 with the GTX 275?
Edited by cjc75 - 2/15/13 at 1:16pm
     
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GTX 275 is way better then the Intel graphic chip.
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Oh and yes, I know Haswell is right around the corner...

But I have the funds now, and I would rather not wait for Haswell to come out only to find that it costs much more then what I have a budget for... I am also aware of the fact that, I likely can not use a Haswell on that Z77 motherboard.... so if I replace my 2500K with anything better, it likely won't be for another year and by then I'll have my next years Tax Return and can afford it! lol

But for now, I want to replace my aging am2+ Phenom II ... as its really starting to run a heck of a lot slower these days...

I appreciate the advice, and yes I know the FX-4300/6300's are more comparable with the i3's but it looks like my local Microcenter doesn't sell those...
     
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One more question....

Is it even worth upgrading the CPU, Mobo, and Ram on this particular system. I've been told, that its not really much of an upgrade going from a Phenom II x4 940 to an i3... I'm not sure I believe that, but I trust the friend who told me this...

They told me it would be better to just get a fresh copy of Windows 7 64bit and finally give up on the 32bit Win XP... which, I could do... and they told me this alone would be a dramatic increase in preformance.


With my current budget, I could, get Win 7 Home 64bit for this system, and then an SSD to add to my other system with the 2500K...
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One more question....

Is it even worth upgrading the CPU, Mobo, and Ram on this particular system. I've been told, that its not really much of an upgrade going from a Phenom II x4 940 to an i3... I'm not sure I believe that, but I trust the friend who told me this...

They told me it would be better to just get a fresh copy of Windows 7 64bit and finally give up on the Win XP... which, I could do... and they told me this alone would be a dramatic increase in preformance.


With my current budget, I could, get Win 7 Home 64bit for this system, and then an SSD to add to my other system with the 2500K...

Without a doubt this is what you should do. That phenom and DDR2 are way more than enough for the things you use it for. Windows 7 64bit would be the best thing to do to that machine.
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Without a doubt this is what you should do. That phenom and DDR2 are way more than enough for the things you use it for. Windows 7 64bit would be the best thing to do to that machine.

Thank you, I will take this route under more serious consideration then!
     
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