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$300 for a new CPU and motherboard. What should I get?

#1el_cheatoPosted 10/9/2013 6:01:11 PM
Title is self explanatory. I want to upgrade from my crappy old Athlon II X2 245 and AM2+/AM3 socket mobo to something more modern that will last me for a while. I had my eye on the FX-8120, but realized I know absolutely nothing about Intel so I don't even know what all my options are.
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#22Dhas_a_MIGRANEPosted 10/9/2013 6:09:36 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116896

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128603
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#3el_cheato(Topic Creator)Posted 10/9/2013 6:18:48 PM
Well that just cemented my newfound loyalty to Intel.
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#4DiehardFFv2Posted 10/9/2013 6:22:20 PM
While that's definitely a good suggestion, 30 bucks more or so will get you a decent board and the k version of that processor. Or just go with Ivy Bridge instead of haswell, the difference is negligible and you can save a small bit of money.
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#5ARMs7777Posted 10/9/2013 6:33:27 PM
Should probably wait a bit longer and see how the new games run if your buying for gaming. The new games seems to want you to run an 8 thread CPU so if your gonna go intel might as well get an i7.
#6CC RicersPosted 10/9/2013 6:36:08 PM
ARMs7777 posted...
Should probably wait a bit longer and see how the new games run if your buying for gaming. The new games seems to want you to run an 8 thread CPU so if your gonna go intel might as well get an i7.


A Xeon E3-1230 is over $50 cheaper than a i7 3770k and it also is 4 cores/8 threads, at the expense of lacking overclocking options.
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#72Dhas_a_MIGRANEPosted 10/9/2013 6:36:09 PM
DiehardFFv2 posted...
While that's definitely a good suggestion, 30 bucks more or so will get you a decent board and the k version of that processor. Or just go with Ivy Bridge instead of haswell, the difference is negligible and you can save a small bit of money.


It's $40 more for the 4670K and about $30 more for a Z87X motherboard for overclocking and at least $30 more for a Hyper 212 EVO or more for a better cooler.
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#8OmegaDL50Posted 10/9/2013 7:33:27 PM
If you live anywhere near a Microcenter you can get a discount on the motherboard with the purchase of a CPU. Generally you'll get $35 to $40 off the Mobo when you buy either a i7 4770k or an i5 4670k

http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bundles.aspx
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#9BowsaaPosted 10/9/2013 7:58:45 PM
CC Ricers posted...
ARMs7777 posted...
Should probably wait a bit longer and see how the new games run if your buying for gaming. The new games seems to want you to run an 8 thread CPU so if your gonna go intel might as well get an i7.


A Xeon E3-1230 is over $50 cheaper than a i7 3770k and it also is 4 cores/8 threads, at the expense of lacking overclocking options.


Isn't that closer to an i3 in terms of per thread performance (at the same clockrate), though?
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#10CC RicersPosted 10/9/2013 8:28:35 PM(edited)
Bowsaa posted...
CC Ricers posted...
ARMs7777 posted...
Should probably wait a bit longer and see how the new games run if your buying for gaming. The new games seems to want you to run an 8 thread CPU so if your gonna go intel might as well get an i7.


A Xeon E3-1230 is over $50 cheaper than a i7 3770k and it also is 4 cores/8 threads, at the expense of lacking overclocking options.


Isn't that closer to an i3 in terms of per thread performance (at the same clockrate), though?


It's closer to an i5 per thread. The 1230 v2 is based on the Ivy Bridge core. (original 1230 is Sandy Bridge and no integrated graphics)

Altogether the entire chip is like a locked i7 in performance but for the price of a unlocked i5.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117286
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