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I've been wanting to upgrade my system for awhile now, but I'm not sure what I should do about my CPU.

I know an AMD quad would be cheaper, but I don't want to buy it and then 6 months later i7 prices drop and it would have made more sense to take that route.

I don't do anything too extreme. I convert video and audio files from time to time, I use photoshop and play games like SimCity4, Dead Space, etc.

Should I upgrade to a cheap AMD quad?
Should I upgrade to an i7?
Should I stick with what I've got?

I know that upgrading to an i7 would mean an expensive MB + RAM, but I'm looking to upgrade my system so I don't mind it if it means it's a smarter move.
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post #2 of 22
i7 or a AMD 6 core no amd quad
post #3 of 22
id go with an i5 quad. they are cheaper and in alot of cases just as fast as the i7's. from what you described, i dont think you would have any justifyable reasons for hyperthreading.

this will also save you money on the board and memory. p55 boards are generally cheaper than x58. also dual channel memory opposed to tripple channel.

personally though, id wait till intel gets this p67 thing sorted out then buy a p67 board and a i5-2500k
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post #4 of 22
I recently upgraded from a phenom x4 to an i7 950 and my computer feels all around way snappier than my amd did. Id say go for the i7

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Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
I've been wanting to upgrade my system for awhile now, but I'm not sure what I should do about my CPU.

I know an AMD quad would be cheaper, but I don't want to buy it and then 6 months later i7 prices drop and it would have made more sense to take that route.

I don't do anything too extreme. I convert video and audio files from time to time, I use photoshop and play games like SimCity4, Dead Space, etc.

Should I upgrade to a cheap AMD quad?
Should I upgrade to an i7?
Should I stick with what I've got?

I know that upgrading to an i7 would mean an expensive MB + RAM, but I'm looking to upgrade my system so I don't mind it if it means it's a smarter move.
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post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by AliceInChains View Post
id go with an i5 quad. they are cheaper and in alot of cases just as fast as the i7's. from what you described, i dont think you would have any justifyable reasons for hyperthreading.

this will also save you money on the board and memory. p55 boards are generally cheaper than x58. also dual channel memory opposed to tripple channel.
The first part of this.

It should be noted that many if not most/all X58 boards can use dual channel memory as well.
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post #6 of 22
I'd wait for sandy bridge to be fixed and readily available.
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post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by justarealguy View Post
I'd wait for sandy bridge to be fixed and readily available.
That could well be 2 months. Then BD is a month or so later...there's always something new around the corner.

For gaming purposes, there isn't much benefit to Sandy over 1366 or 1155 IMHO, from what I've seen online.
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post #8 of 22
An i5 setup would be perfect for what you do also the AMD 6 core would do.
 
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post #9 of 22
I say wait it out till SB motherboards are back on, go for i5 2500K if you prefer Intel.

Do not get PhenomII at this point, wait for Bulldozer if you are considering or planning on going AMD.
post #10 of 22
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Do not get PhenomII at this point, wait for Bulldozer if you are considering or planning on going AMD.
I'll simply point out that people have, on this forum, been saying this in excess of 6+ months. According to everything we have heard-it shouldn't be much longer than 2-4 months for both CPUs and boards...but if delays of any sort happen, that waiting period could be greatly exacerbated.
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