General Chat Thread, How would you upgrade this? in General; Yes, but swapping the CPU and mobo directly will mean a rebuild of Windows (unless you want the fun of ...
24th September 2013, 03:59 PM #16
Yes, but swapping the CPU and mobo directly will mean a rebuild of Windows (unless you want the fun of clearing out the drivers and hoping you can get it to boot). Therefore, you had a different Windows install. Even my antiquated AMD setup with a GTX 680 would not be beaten by those margins versus a Haswell i7, on a like for like fresh OS install.
Personal experience is valuable, but not definitive!
24th September 2013, 04:54 PM #17
I'd argue that you had some sort of driver issue or messy windows install on your AMD machine. Though at the same time i completely agree with you that Intel would be better for a gaming machine than AMD would, I can't think of a single reason to build an AMD machine for a gaming PC that would be beneficial over an Intel one. Performance, energy use, drivers, even price if we talk single threaded only performance like for like (which 99% of games are) are all better on an Intel system at the moment.
Originally Posted by Sunnyknight
24th September 2013, 04:55 PM #18
It's an AM3 board so I can just put another Phenom in? I'm technically running an X4 at the moment but it isn't a true X4 since it involved unlocking the fourth dodgy core that spams the Event log with Cache Hierarchy Error so I don't quite think it is going full pelt.
Originally Posted by sonofsanta
24th September 2013, 09:02 PM #19
With AM3, you can even put a Thuban core Phenom II (x4 cores with the 960T or x6 with the 1090T etc). These brought some more advances to the architecture, including Turbo-Core. They're fairly quick, and beat out Bulldozer and Piledriver in some benchmarks.
25th September 2013, 08:28 AM #20
Anything Phenom II will slot in. Replacing a CPU isn't difficult, just a case of taking off the cooler, undoing the lever and lifting the old CPU out. If you're going to re-use your existing cooler you'll want some new thermal paste (clean all the old gunk off first), but it's not much more involved than any other component swap.
Originally Posted by CAM
See what eBay may bring, there doesn't seem to be any stock left at the usual suspects.
See how you run with your existing CPU first though, it may not bring you many gains now you've upped your GPU.
25th September 2013, 09:19 AM #21
Id say your AMD install was messed up with those kind of framerates....see my sig for my AMD spec, I get aroun 80fps in BF3 and in 1080p you wont notice a massive difference in any framerate over 60 because your eyes just dont detect the difference
Its a shame its not an AM3+ slot because the FX range are pretty good especially for the price...perhaps the highest phenom you can get your hands on is the best bet, even the highest end x4s are reasonably priced now
Last edited by HaleStorm; 25th September 2013 at 09:21 AM.
25th September 2013, 09:22 AM #22
I don't think I can tell the difference if it's above 30FPS... But that may be because I've never really managed to get anything higher than 40FPS.
Originally Posted by HaleStorm
[One time, I got 120FPS on WoW. Then they did an update... Bye, awesome FPS.]
25th September 2013, 09:28 AM #23
I'm commonly clocking at least 60fps as a minimum on my rig (spec on previous page) and that's an AMD
25th September 2013, 09:29 AM #24
Having Windows 8 Installed helps your Framerate too...i saw a boost of 10-15fps on W8 over W7
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