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So I wasn't going to look at CPU's just yet for my new rig but when asking a question about GPU I got a question that bothered me.

I mentioned that i would be upgrading from my i72600k to an AMD A10 and they mentioned it was a downgrade.


Why? Isn't my 2600k outdated by now? Is it enough compared to other processors now?

I was planning to build a pure AMD/ATI Rig this go around to save money and I've always wanted to try the dark side.... (well since my old AMD 2800+ & 9800Pro

I was thinking the new APU series because it seems like ti has features that can be taking off...

Questions though. I was thinking of going crossfire, does the APU's GPU Link to Crossfire or can you only "link" it to a single GPU?

Also if the A10 is a downgrade, will my 2600k be worth building a new rig around? Thanks.
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Any AMD CPU will be a downgrade from a decently overclocked 2600k unless you do a lot of work with opengl. The A-series in particular are lower-end chips aimed at budget builds with their integrated GPU. The 2600K is still a very powerful CPU today, and will be unlikely to bottleneck anything. You could upgrade to a 4770K, but Haswell is only a 15-20% increase in performance clock-for-clock. I would reuse your existing CPU and board, and wait for Haswell-E, Devil's Canyon-K, or Broadwell to upgrade.
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CPU performance has been pretty stagnant recently, your 2600k is still comparable to today's top CPUs, if not better in some cases.
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I was really hoping to upgrade the chip, because my 2600k is limited in RAM

Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 32 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333
# of Memory Channels 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 21 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported No


Or is this wrong? Can i get some newer top end ram on this?

Does my P8P67Pro HOld me back any with RAM?.. or even anything else that I am missing?
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The A10-7850k is only an upgrade for certain HSA/OpenCL workloads and for iGPU gaming. In any other case it should be a downgrade. In traditional CPU terms, your only true upgrade path is 2011 socket. Wait a few months for Haswell-E and grab an octocore.
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Your 2600k won't limit your RAM. All Intel chips only recognize 1333/1600 by default, but you can still manually set the RAM clocks higher in the bios. Honestly, higher RAM speeds don't really affect performance that much once you get over 1600.
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May I ask why?

Why would it not increase performance?... or Rather why would people bu that new RAM if it didn't do much?

Sorry, I've built computers before, but RAM has NEVER been my strong point.
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May I ask why?

Why would it not increase performance?... or Rather why would people bu that new RAM if it didn't do much?

Sorry, I've built computers before, but RAM has NEVER been my strong point.
Honestly, only a few games have noticeable gains from faster RAM. BF4, Crysis 3 are the few I can think of ATM but in all honesty, you wont notice a difference right now. Also, the 2600K is a beast chip, I had one before my 3930k and I loved it, ran it at like 4.8GHz and it loved it. Honestly though, if you wanted to upgrade, you would have to go up to a 4770k or 4930k+. Keep your 2600k for now, its a fantastic chip, seriously I would still own one if I didnt have this 3930k.
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I liked this video having searching - thanks for your info!

http://lifehacker.com/when-ram-speed-matters-and-how-it-affects-your-games-1436679680

I like him, he explains the basics pretty well, and lets you know there are more adv things, but wont go into those. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by dwmcfall View Post

I liked this video having searching - thanks for your info!

http://lifehacker.com/when-ram-speed-matters-and-how-it-affects-your-games-1436679680

I like him, he explains the basics pretty well, and lets you know there are more adv things, but wont go into those. smile.gif
Yes Linus explains things well. RAM speed does for sure effect APU's in a good way, you want the ram to be as fast as humanly possible for those, but with a dedicated GPU, it matters very little in most games.

Just want to confirm your not going to sell your 2600k for an A10.
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