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Hey guys, I'm going away to college and don't want to bring my beast of a PC with me (way to big), so I'm going to be supping up my little HTPC to bring and use as my main desktop. It's in a little BitFinex prodigy case so I can bring it around with me.

It currently has a no-name 500W power supply (which I plan on switching out for a Corsair or something that I can relay on while I'm away from home and not close to a Micro Center), 4GB 1333MHz of Micro Center ram (Which, again I plan on replacing with 8GB of some faster ram), a AMD 7870 and an AMD A6 - 3500 APU all on a ASROCK A75M-ITX.

I really want to replace the APU with a faster CPU or APU because. I then want to overclock the hell out of it, so I have some power when I go away. Because I usually build with Intel, I have NO CLUE what CPU to buy. So can anyone recommend me the top few CPU's I can put into the FM1 socket so I can make some decisions? smile.gif

Cheers, thanks for the help in advance.
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There's basically 2 choises you have. The expensive 3870K unlocked APU which is a dream to overclock due to fullyunlocked multipliers, or the exact counterpart of it, the Athlon 651 which is exactly the same as the 3870K, but has locked multi and has no iGPU.

So, baseclock OC? Get the Athlon. Wanna really push limits? Get the 3870K.
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Understandable, I originally went with the FM1 because I used this machine as an HTPC and wanted the APU for Blue Ray movies. Do you think I would see better performance if I scrapped the board and the APU and then just went with a AMD CPU? Apparently, the 3807k is only equivalent to a Sandy i3, from what I've seen on the internet.
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Yep, it is barely haha.

My bet would be either a i3 or secondhand 2500K or w/e even, with something like a P8Z77-i or any other ITX P67/Z68/Z77. That would give the best performance tbh.

P8Z77-i Deluxe with the VRM addon card will even OC like on steroids hehe.
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Damn, I wish AMD chips had better support with M-ITX boards, frown.gif.

So you think it would just make more sense to pick up an i3/i5 and get a new board?
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post #6 of 9
If you're planning on using it for (online) gaming, yes.
Also, a Sandy / Ivy i5 will last a lot longer.

I'd wait it out a couple of weeks though with Haswell so close. People that go from SB/IB to Haswell will kill 2ndhand prices I hope..
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post #7 of 9
I second going intel. Get a 2500k. Only 5-10% difference from Ivy and it overclocks high and has better temps.
 
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post #8 of 9
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If you're planning on using it for (online) gaming, yes.
Also, a Sandy / Ivy i5 will last a lot longer.

I'd wait it out a couple of weeks though with Haswell so close. People that go from SB/IB to Haswell will kill 2ndhand prices I hope..

Do you know Haswell release date? I'm looking at a 3570k, it's what is in my desktop and it's a beast. I'm right near a MicroCenter so I'm using their 50$ CPU/MOBO combo deal.
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post #9 of 9
Haswell will release June 3 or 4 and might be worth the wait since you want to make a HTPC, the new top iGPU is suppose to be a beast if you want to use onboard graphics.
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