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Hi everyone

Recently, I've been debating whether or not if it's time to upgrade. I am leaning towards Intel because of how superior core to core performance is compared to AMD.

The build would be mainly for gaming and heavy multitasking. What do you guys think about the x99 platform? Is that worth considering or no just stick with an i5? My budget is flexible considering I'll be using some of my current parts. Please share any advice!



Current Rig:

AMD Zosma X4 @ 3.8

ASRock 970 Extreme3

G-Skill 8GB DDR3 1333

HIS 6950 2GB

Corsair III 60 GB

Samsung Pro 256 GB

Seagate 250 GB

Rosewill 750w Gold Rated
Edited by Tcatcammando - 4/27/15 at 12:59am
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Hi friend, i can see that already you have ssd and PSU so if you want heavy multitask like render Photoshop etc, X99 is the way (the only drawback is the ddr4 prices), if you just only gaming get an i5. thumb.gif
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Whats your budget, what resolution are you playing at and what games do you play/programmes do you use?
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Games will be running on a 120hz monitor at 1080p. As for the multitasking part it's really just being able to have a lot general programs open while perhaps playing a game or watching a stream.

The AMD processor usually bogs down my performance if I am trying to do both. Could it be the amount of ram or the speed of it?

Would it be better to upgrade GPU first or get the MOBO/CPU? I'll probably end up picking out parts separately.
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Games will be running on a 120hz monitor at 1080p. As for the multitasking part it's really just being able to have a lot general programs open while perhaps playing a game or watching a stream.

The AMD processor usually bogs down my performance if I am trying to do both. Could it be the amount of ram or the speed of it?

Do you have a budget?
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Do you have a budget?


Around $700
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Around $700

Does that include an OS? (Making a build on PC part picker now biggrin.gif )
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Does that include an OS? (Making a build on PC part picker now biggrin.gif )


I'll be using all my drives for the new build so no
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Okay well here is an AMD GPU build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Tr-X OC Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $650.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-27 04:26 EDT-0400

And here is a Nvidia GPU build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($295.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $665.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-27 04:25 EDT-0400

Both are pretty decent and both reuse your RAM, case, PSU and SSD's.

I included a 1TB HDD for storage in both as 320GB for me wouldn't be enough and an i5K series chip with a Z97 mobo. The only difference between the builds is the GPU and if you wanted to save a few $ then you could downgrade the 290X to a 290 and still get decent frames.
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Yeah I don't know about that motherboard. I actually don't want to gimp out on a choosing a quality board that'll help provide a stable OC.

Why not a WD Blue drive?



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Zk4Ngs
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Zk4Ngs/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $391.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-27 04:36 EDT-0400


What do you think about that board? I can always get the GPU later...maybe wait until the 300 series is released.
Edited by Tcatcammando - 4/27/15 at 1:38am
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