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Default What is my best option? - 01-15-2014, 16:28 | posts: 58

Hello forum,

I've been saving for quite a while now and I don't know what to do. I currently have a pretty decent rig but I want to upgrade something. First thing that crossed my mind was the video card(s) however some other people had said to me that I should change my CPU. I need help from you guys to decide what is best.

My specs are:

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 latest BIOS
Processor: AMD FX 8150 Black Edition 8-core OC @ 4.2 Ghz
Memory: Kingston Hyper-X KHX16009D3B1 8 GB (2x4GB) @1600
Video: X2 EVGA GTX 660 Superclocked 2GB (SLI)
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W 80 Plus Bronze
Cooling: Corsair H100i
Case: Cooler Master Haf-X

Drives:
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB (Boot)
ADATA XPG SX900 128GB SSD (Games)
Seagate 1Tb (Storage)
WD Green 1Tb (Storage)
WD Mybook 1Tb (Storage)
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Now, I've been told that my CPU (Bulldozer) is not letting my GPUs work well and it's bottlenecking them and that I should change it for an Intel (Core i5 or i7) CPU. So in order to change CPU I will need to change my motherboard and reinstall Windows for all I know. The other option is to sell both video cards and upgrade to a single GTX 780.

What is my best option? CPU and Motherboard or GPU?

Thank you in advance.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 16:31 | posts: 24,427 | Location: Hampshire UK

I would maybe throw in a 8320 and oc it to 4.5 or so. that would be much better than the 8150. Other than that, you can always go with a 4770k, depends on how much you want to spend.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 16:32 | posts: 1,830 | Location: Estonia

Yeah I think swap out the cpu for something else, maybe a haswell or if you wanna go the cheap route a 8320 and oc the hell out of it.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 16:41 | posts: 58

I have around $500 USD, so I'm torn. I do have to spend on a core i5 and a good motherboard. But what I want is good video quality in my games like Battlefiled 4 and Assassins Creed Black Flag.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 16:49 | posts: 2,854 | Location: Evans Ga,USA

If you have $500 USD then get a 4770k and a good mobo...what ram you got?
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 16:53 | posts: 58

If you guys think that just changing the CPU for another AMD will help I will change it. But a lot of people is telling me that I should switch to Intel. No AMD is good for extreme gaming.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 16:54 | posts: 1,830 | Location: Estonia

Your GTX 660 SLI will already handle those games you mentioned, there's no problem there.

Only thing left is CPU upgrade + new mobo. Get a Z87 and 4770k (or 4670k). But if you get 4770k you'll be set.

Will provide you the most gaming performance.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 16:54 | posts: 58

My RAM is in the specs on the first post. Memory: Kingston Hyper-X KHX16009D3B1 8 GB (2x4GB) @1600
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 16:57 | posts: 58

One of the things I love is my MoBo, the Dolby audio and the way is set up the mobo goes perfectly with my case and cable management. What mobo would you guys recommend?
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 17:04 | posts: 2,854 | Location: Evans Ga,USA

Dude...if you put a 4770k in your rig....It would be/run awesome!!!
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 17:13 | posts: 1,830 | Location: Estonia

Some ASUS/Gigabyte/ASRock Z87 mobo.

I'd personally recommend a Gigabyte mobo though. But whatever is fine.

This is a good board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128592 Or if you wanna save up a bit then, this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128591

+ a 4770k, is exactly 500$. +If you sell your current stuff you get a good amount offset.

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Default 01-15-2014, 18:01 | posts: 4,687 | Location: FLA,USA

Yes I agree with most on here pick up a decent Z87 motherboard and a 4770K and watch those 660's come alive.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 18:42 | posts: 1,891 | Location: canada

And yet another... for a Haswell build.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 19:50 | posts: 58

Ok, now the big decision will be a good MoBo. And I don't know if will have the money for a 4770K and a good mobo like an Asus Formula or a Nice Gigabyte which I like a lot
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 19:58 | posts: 4,687 | Location: FLA,USA

ASRock make some bad ass boards for a good price like the Z77 Extreme4
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 19:58 | posts: 1,830 | Location: Estonia

Boards like Formula and stuff like are too expensive (and don't give you much for the added price, basically they're just premium stuff), get something that is good but still has a good price, like one of the ones I listed, GA-Z87X-D3H for example. Very solid board. Or whatever ASUS/ASRock equivalent.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 20:08 | posts: 58

Let me see if I can get my hands on those boards because I'm not from US and Newegg or any other big companies do not deliver to my country. We do have good computer stores but not all models are available.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 20:20 | posts: 2,854 | Location: Evans Ga,USA

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asrock make some bad ass boards for a good price like the z77 extreme4
z77=1155...
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 20:59 | posts: 4,687 | Location: FLA,USA

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z77=1155...
Damn fat fingers and my little ass iPhone. Z87
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 21:22 | posts: 5,660 | Location: Urban`Jungle

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Let me see if I can get my hands on those boards because I'm not from US and Newegg or any other big companies do not deliver to my country. We do have good computer stores but not all models are available.
Can you post your store links?


Asus Hero4 is not too expensive and a good mobo too or Asus z87-pro or MSI Gaming z87 G45/G65
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 21:42 | posts: 58

Unfortunately I can't post them because is a retail store not for end users. It's a store that only sell computer parts for resellers. I see on the price list:

ASUS MAXIMUS VI GENE 4DDR3 2PCIE16 SATA6 HDMI 1150 $194.67 USD
ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO 4DDR3 3PCIE16 SATA6 HDMI 1150 $203.96 USD
ASUS MAXIMUS VI IMPACT 1PCIe16 SATA6 HDMI/DP 1150 $225.16 USD
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 4DDR3 2PCIe16 SATA6 DP/HDMI $242.55 USD

they don't have MSI nor Gigabyte at the moment just ECS, ASROCK, Intel and Asus.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 22:02 | posts: 1,830 | Location: Estonia

Hmm you couldn't find anything cheaper than that? They're all premium boards (with fancy names, lol).

People seem to be liking the Gene though, I'd pick that one outta em all.

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Default 01-15-2014, 22:19 | posts: 4,687 | Location: FLA,USA

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Hmm you couldn't find anything cheaper than that? They're all premium boards (with fancy names, lol).

People seem to be liking the Gene though, I'd pick that one outta em all.
Only one PCI-e on that one it's a micro-ATX. OP has 660 SLI.
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 22:21 | posts: 17,185 | Location: New Jersey, USA

I am going to take a different direction, buy a 8350 oc it real good sell those cards and get a single strong card. any amd cpu is going to be weak in multi gpu. if you cant afford a 4770k grab a 4670k should be much cheaper but it has no hyperthreading
   
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Default 01-15-2014, 22:28 | posts: 1,830 | Location: Estonia

Woops, didn't know that. Didn't do my homework. XD Yeah TKs alternative is another option. Although then he could already be getting the 8320 and saving the money for a better single gpu. Maybe then that would be the best option tbh. But only if he OCs it 4.5ghz+.

For the money you save you could get a 290 or 780 or something.

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