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WARNING: Super noob here

Hey guys. I just bought an intel i5 3350p and B75M ASRock mobo, like it says in my rig. I've been playing around and reading up on stuffs and decided that I don't like what I bought. I can't return it to Newegg (just bought it earlier this month) and so I'm just going to go and buy the best overclocking chip and mobo I can find. I'll have to double check that everything I have is compatible with an AMD mobo, but I don't think that'd be a problem since memory and discrete graphics should work between both types of boards.

So if this will work, what can I do for the best performance for around $300? I have micro center access so I'll most likely buy at least the processor from there. I think the 8350 was 129? Anyways, thanks for the help guys!
post #2 of 33
Just out of curiosity why are you going AMD? $300 could get you a 3570k and a descent OCing mobo at MC. Plus you could spend a bit more if you sell your current CPU and board.
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Honestly, I don't really have a good reason other than to try something different. I'm sorry, but I kind of just jumped head first into this scene a month ago and I haven't absorbed all the knowledge everyone has to offer here yet. I'd love opinions/ideas/suggestions. I want to OC and start customizing my tower and really make this a freaking sweet rig. My limit on money is only self set otherwise I'd blow 2 grand buying whatever **** I could find.
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Just did a bit of research on the MC site and right now you can grab a 4670k with a mid range z87 board for under $325. This would give you a bit more future proofing considering socket 1155 is not going to be seeing anything new any more.

At the $300 price point it's hard to recommend AMD unless you are doing some task that will take advantage of all 8 of the cores in an FX 83xx chip. Even then though I'm not sure I would go that route considering MC has 3770k/z77 bundles for under $300.

A third option would be to get a 3570k/z77 bundle and an ssd. This wouldn't be a huge improvement from your current system and your upgrade path would be limited to an IB i7, but the SSD would be a huge, noticeable difference in everyday use.

Really there are tons and tons of options. Your best bet is to do a healthy amount of research, decide what your priorities are, and make your decision based on that. Of course we will always be here to help and answer questions smile.gif
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Seeing as you just jumped in head first I'd suggest doing a lil bit more research and decide which route you'd like to take. Having said that, with $300 you can go either way and come away with a decent CPU/Mobo combo. Have fun! thumb.gif

Examples I found on Newegg:

ASUS M5A97 + AMD FX 8350 = $279.98

MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 + Intel 3570K = $293.98
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So why would anyone choose an AMD over an intel? I'm sure I could come up with some reason to use 8 processing cores. I would suppose some CPU intense software, like CAD programs could make use of the processors, right?
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Going AMD now is a long term bet for games. If most of the consoles are utilized and ported correctly AMD systems might get a pretty good boost against the competition. But will that really happen? No one knows, and with the release of Haswell alot of the 3xxxK series from Intel have dropped in price making them a very good buy right now. It all depends on what you are planning on using this for.
post #8 of 33
Your current rig is great for gaming. If overclocking is what you're after then understand the thrill doesn't last long. Buying anything that overclocks to perform better then what you have will yield little to zero noticeable improvement in FPS.
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Blunt honesty:

It sounds like you need to read less about computer parts, and actually use your new computer more. You've identified zero performance problems you're having, so I imagine your complaint is just a manifestation of "that seems shiny. This thing seems less shiny now. Me want shiny!"

As for using eight processing cores... yes, no matter what computer you have, you can imagine scenarios where some other computer you don't have can do that thing you don't do anyway better.
    
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Blunt honesty:

It sounds like you need to read less about computer parts, and actually use your new computer more. You've identified zero performance problems you're having, so I imagine your complaint is just a manifestation of "that seems shiny. This thing seems less shiny now. Me want shiny!"

As for using eight processing cores... yes, no matter what computer you have, you can imagine scenarios where some other computer you don't have can do that thing you don't do anyway better.
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Yes. This is exactly the issue. I guess its more transparent than I thought. But that still leaves room for improvement. With a great rig comes great responsibility to find more things to do with it.

Sorry for wasting time :/
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