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#1 ACTIONpack

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:15

Been looking to upgrade my computer spec for sometime now. Its just not cutting it anymore. I just got a MacBook pro 2013 and it out performance it. Anyway, I was looking at the difference between AMD FX and Intel i7 sandy bridge and the two big difference is that the i7 is a little bit faster but cost $100 more than the FX 4.0GHz. Is it worth the price tag or I should stick with the AMD? I would also have to upgrade my motherboard and RAM. Don't remember my CPU because I. Not home at the moment but I do it knows a AMD CPU from 2009.

Also is 8GB ram enough or 16GB is the way to go?

My graphic card is geforce 560ti


#2 articuno1au

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:18

i7 hands down.

Cast your eyes over the following
http://www.tomshardw...-Time,3179.html
http://www.tomshardw...added,2779.html

The AMD chip does so well because there are a lot of synthetic benchmarks in the tests, and it's still pretty damn poor. Real world, the AMD chip isn't even considered by Toms for their builds.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:29

Get the i7, get the k model, give it an easy overclock to somewhere above 4ghz and it'll leave the fx chip in the dust.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:33

Intel i7 sandy bridge

Look for Ivy Bridge, while you're at it.

AMD is... decent, but a) eats 50% more power so the cost savings will be progressively less than projected b) will require an aftermarket cooling solution unless you already live very close to an airport (and are therefore used to large Boeings taking off)

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:09

OP are you planning on overclocking? Do you do heavy stuff like photo/video editing, modeling, etc?

#6 Jason Stillion

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:13

Figure out how much your willing to spend.
Then determine which AMD FX chip or Intel i7 chip is in that price range.
Then check cpu benchmark reviews between them.

YounGmessiah, also has a good point, what the purpose of the machine?

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:14

Before Javik comes bashing AMD, this is an interesting discussion about it: http://www.neowin.ne...__fromsearch__1

Edit: and please read it all because in there Javik also bashes AMD, it's just that he "tilts" the facts towards intel while there is proof that AMD is also good.

Edit2: also note for alwaysoncoffebreak, he also likes to bash it too ;) but truth is, my system is AMD and it runs wonders.

#8 Aokromes

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:15

Wait for Haswell.

#9 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:16

i7 hands up.

Even an i3 can beat FX series, in certain areas.

Buy the 'k' version only if you are going to overclock it.

#10 YounGMessiah

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:16

Well ill tell you guys besides from power consumption I have another machine with the FX-8150 and the 560Ti and it runs wonderfully.. Yes its closed looped by a H60, but it runs great and is pretty comparable to my i5-3570K

I would suggest Intel still, but I have achieved great results from an AMD as well..

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:19

Before Javik comes bashing AMD, this is an interesting discussion about it: http://www.neowin.ne...__fromsearch__1

Edit: and please read it all because in there Javik also bashes AMD, it's just that he "tilts" the facts towards intel while there is proof that AMD is also good.


Don't bother. I've been trough this couple of times already. No matter how much you point out that the FX is right on the price they still suck for everyone.

#12 YounGMessiah

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:21

<<<<--- FX-8150 running strong no issues for almost 2 years here

#13 alwaysonacoffebreak

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:23

Only thing I agree till now is that the stock cooler does suck. Jesus AMD, get your s* together and bundle a decent fan that doesn't sound like a jet taking off.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:24

Yeah it is terrible with stock cooling xD couldnt even run it because of hot it got...

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:25

AMD if you're price conscious, otherwise Intel just obliterates AMD in the performance division. As much as I want to see AMD succeed, they are not making a compelling reason for me to buy their products