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Hey OCN,

My current build:

Crosshair IV Extreme by Asus

AMD Phenom II 965 @ 3.4Ghz

8GB of 1600Mhz ram @1.65v by Mushkin 7-8-7-24

ATI 4890 1GB GPU

1000 Watt Corsair HX series PSU

HAF 932 Case / Hyper 212 with push fan as stock

plextor bluray drive

320GB 7200RPM H.D

Asus xonar dg sound card

D-link Extreme wifi card




Here are my options:



Upgrade Crosshair IV extreme Motherboard Bios to 3027 and install a FX-8350 or FX-8320 Chip (I have heard that it works fine in this "AM3" motherboard , still risky)

OR

Buy a Intel 4330 (50 watts idle/ 120watts load) with a silent noctua fan

OR

Buy a Intel 4770k to be future proof for the next 2-4 years (I've had this AMD setup since 2011)

Along with the 4770k i'd have to buy a new motherboard, RAM, DEFINATELY power supply, and silent fans. I like this case and i'd like to keep it but i'll definately make sure I buy parts that have quieter fans.




Option 1: Is not as expensive as option 3. Option 2 is still expensive compared to option 1 BUT I can leave my rig on 24/7 with option 2 and not have to worry too much about power consumption.

If I buy the 4770k i'll probally buy a 750ti to have a discrete GPU to play low low low end games.



Let me know what you guys think
post #2 of 11
4770k and your psu is overly overkill already so why would you need a new one?

All you really NEED would be a board and cpu. Every thing else in your current rig would move right over.
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Are you upgrading just to upgrade or are you upgrading because your PC no longer performs to your current requirements? As suggested, why not change board and cpu if you really need the performance?
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post #4 of 11
i would go with the 8320, just did a google search and a bunch of people are using your board with the fx cpus and getting huge overclocks as well, a guy on the forum even has one with a 9590 in it with bios 3029

http://www.overclock.net/t/1429935/the-fx-9590-cpu-works-great-in-the-crosshair-iv-extreme

http://www.overclock.net/t/1333291/fx-8350-works-in-the-crosshair-iv-extreme-bios-ver-3027


OR

just buy a GPU.
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Originally Posted by Ultra-m-a-n View Post

i would go with the 8320, just did a google search and a bunch of people are using your board with the fx cpus and getting huge overclocks as well, a guy on the forum even has one with a 9590 in it with bios 3029

http://www.overclock.net/t/1429935/the-fx-9590-cpu-works-great-in-the-crosshair-iv-extreme

http://www.overclock.net/t/1333291/fx-8350-works-in-the-crosshair-iv-extreme-bios-ver-3027


OR

just buy a GPU.

Plus, I note the lack of a SSD which would make things much snappier. smile.gif Just putting in a SSD as the system drive instead of the 320gb HD is going to feel like a processor upgrade.
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post #6 of 11
Fx 8320plus mobo and oc it to 4.7ghz(first choose a good heatsink)

But what do you do in your pc?
  
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If you overclock your Phenom to 4GHz you should be fine, but your GPU badly needs to be replaced.
An R7 260X/HD 7790 would nearly double your GPU performance for ~$120 (less if you sold your 4890). Or you could nearly triple it if you went with a GTX 760.
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After reading each of the comments left I have decided that I will pickup a 4770k and a decent motherboard (gigabyte for mac os x compatibility) ONLY if my 1.65v 1600mhz memory by mushkin redine will work with the motherboard/cpu. I might be mistaken but Intel CPU's need to be paired with memory that is in the 1.35v-1.65v, stock voltage for the Mushkin's I have are 1.65v so there might be a stability issue. I also need to find out if my current PSU (Corsair hx-1000) will pair well with the new system. I understand that having a better PSU will keep your components in better shape in the years to come. I am going to use the 4770k's onboard video graphics until I have enough money for (haven't decided) 270x/280x/ or Gtx 750ti depending on if I still game. I will definately add a SSD by Sandisk.


Long story short

- Will upgrade to 4770/gigabytemobo if :
1) Mushkin redline enhanced ""1.65v ""1600mhz 8gb (4gbx2) sticks are okay to use for a intel CPU
2) price is right and it should since microcenter sells the CPU for a reasonable price
3) If or if not my current supply will be okay for the new system. (corsair hx-1000)


- Reason why I would not like to upgrade to the fx 8320 /8350

1) Long run cost : watt-performance ratio not as good as intels.
2) Fx-8320/8350 are not able to run MAC OS/X
3) Might be risky to upgrade my motherboards BIOS to use the chip.
4) Fx8320/8350 don't have a graphics processing unit on it


Now the question would be this: I'm a programmer. Taking into consideration that in 4-5 years the gaming industry will change and that hardware requirements MAY be need to be upgraded and that I myself am not a gamer per say , that I shouldn't have to be concerned with upgrading my CPU for 4-5 years+ no for anything but gaming if I decide to go that route.

Another thing is the financial aspect of this upgrade.

If I was to stick with my motherboard I have now, the upgrade path would be Fx8320>Couple of silent fans for heatsink>Gtx 750ti (by nvidia)> SSD by sandisk and probally a better sound card not by ASUS since i get blue screens every now and then lol..

So that would cost me around $129 cpu (8320), 170-200$ for a gpu, 150-200 ssd (sandisk) ..give or take estimate $400-500

or

4770k (269) Board (150-200) (SSD) (GPU) ..maybe new (PSU) lol you get the picture . So i'd estimate roughly 600-800$ going the intel route (which IMO isn't bad if it is justified logically)


Now the financial aspect of the upgrade is what I need your help to justify. LMK what you think !
post #9 of 11
The $200+ difference will buy a decent video card. The GTX 750ti or R7 260X are both priced in the $150 range.
    
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post #10 of 11
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absolutely. 260x paired with a 4770k or a 270x/280x will be a perfect pairing given that intel cpus and amd gpus get along fantastically.
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