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Hey everyone, so I've been in need of an upgrade for some time now. Been slowly selling off my consoles and trying to start gaming on PC again. Got myself an R9 270X 2gb for $120 CAD today, think i did pretty decent there. Managed to pump my 3dMark 11 score from 2932 stock on my 5770 up to 6161 on the 270X. However, my processor is keeping this card back big time, and i think it's time for a change. Overclocking it shows an extreme jump in performance, but at the cost of weird stability issues with timing in games.

So I've been looking around, and came across some reviews on the Intel G3258 and the MSI H81M-P33. From the looks of it this seems to be about the best price to performance ratio i can get, with overclocks of up to 4ghz being pretty easy (and the board unofficially supports OCing).

That being said, i loaded it up today and it appears the processor jumped in price $20 since the last time i looked. Is this my best bet for Performance to cost? Am i really missing out by not getting at least an i5? I'm not opposed to buying used, but with the Canadian dollar as weak as it is right now, i haven't been having much luck on ebay. Most of what i find is only a couple dollars under retail.

Edit: On an unrelated note, this card is great. At 1200mhz core and 1550mhz memory it's running super cool so far with a max temp of around 65.
 
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WD Black 500gb Stock Windows 10 Dell 24", 2x 19" Acer 
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As a person who went from quad-core AMD to dual-core Intel - DON'T. Save money and upgrade to Core i5, dualcore Intels are not worth it against a quad AMD. Try a mild overclock on your athlon and save up for something decent.
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Core i5 4460 AsRock H81M-DG4 Sapphire Rx470 Platinum KVR 1600 16Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
MouseAudio
Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
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Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post

As a person who went from quad-core AMD to dual-core Intel - DON'T. Save money and upgrade to Core i5, dualcore Intels are not worth it against a quad AMD. Try a mild overclock on your athlon and save up for something decent.
Appreciate the advice, might wait for an i5.

Overclocking isn't really an option sadly. I can get it stable up to 4ghz running all day, but anything above stock frequency gives really weird timing in games. Things like voices won't match up, cutscenes don't work right, text lags behind. Strange stuttering when moving around in mmo's, like my character's walking super slow but my FPS is at 60. I'm sure it's something to do with the high bus speed, and since the multi can't be changed. It's really weird though, never had this problem with any other processor.
 
XPS L702X
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X4 641 @ 4ghz MSI A55M-P33 FM1 Radeon HD 5770 (950/1300) 8gb Patriot DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
WD Black 500gb Stock Windows 10 Dell 24", 2x 19" Acer 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Silent Pro M600 NZXT Apollo Black Logitech G500 Steelseries Pro 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i7-2670QM GT555M 8GB  2 x Seagate 7200RPM 500GB 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
BluRay combo drive Windows 7 Premium 17" Laptop + 24" 1920x1080 Dell Backlit laptop keyboard 
Case
XPS L702X 
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XPS L702X
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X4 641 @ 4ghz MSI A55M-P33 FM1 Radeon HD 5770 (950/1300) 8gb Patriot DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
WD Black 500gb Stock Windows 10 Dell 24", 2x 19" Acer 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Silent Pro M600 NZXT Apollo Black Logitech G500 Steelseries Pro 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i7-2670QM GT555M 8GB  2 x Seagate 7200RPM 500GB 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
BluRay combo drive Windows 7 Premium 17" Laptop + 24" 1920x1080 Dell Backlit laptop keyboard 
Case
XPS L702X 
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