upgrade to AMD FX-8120 or i5-2500K?

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  1. Deprenor

    Deprenor Member Guru

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    I'm planning on upgrading from my amd x3 720 @ 3.4ghz. I use this PC for gaming and play @ 1920x1080.

    From what I've read the FX-8120 will get a Windows 7 patch that will increase performance(Win 7 does not optimally assign threads to the bulldozer modules), and benchmarks show a 20% difference in performance with Windows 8 dev preview.

    I just wanted some opinions from my fellow Gurus, which processor will better serve my needs for the long run? Honestly, I've always used AMD(more bang for your buck) but I'm leaning towards Intel for the first time.

    they are both about the same price @ newegg

    FX-8120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-103-961&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=6

    i5-2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
     
  2. stewiemcpain

    stewiemcpain Member Guru

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    Since games pretty much dont support eight cores(most of them as far as i know) and the i5 2500k has better clock-per-clock performance and can overclock as hell, i say 2500k.
     
  3. Xtreme1979

    Xtreme1979 Maha Guru

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    The 2500K is your best all around processor. For new systems it's very hard to recommend AMD at this time. :(
     
  4. vbetts

    vbetts Don Vincenzo Staff Member

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    2500k, I would have said the FX cpu but your mobo right now doesn't support it.
     

  5. Deprenor

    Deprenor Member Guru

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    sorry, I failed to mention that I'm upgrading my mobo as well, and buying 8gb of ddr3 ram
     
  6. Roush9

    Roush9 Active Member

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    2500K hands down
     
  7. Corbus

    Corbus Ancient Guru

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    I upgraded from a phenom II x3 720 @3.6ghz and i can tell you its a huge difference going to a 2500k. You won't regret it. For me its like i made a GPU upgrade also thats how it felt . Everything was so much smoother and the more cpu intensive games came back to life lol...i replayed alot of games since my upgrade.
     
  8. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    get 2500k
     
  9. ---TK---

    ---TK--- Ancient Guru

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    2500k!
     
  10. hallryu

    hallryu Don Altobello

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  11. Mkilbride

    Mkilbride Banned

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    2500K of course, could not in good faith recommend you the Bulldozer.
     
  12. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    2500k
     
  13. Odellot

    Odellot Master Guru

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    2500k! Handsdown!! Baby!
     
  14. k1net1cs

    k1net1cs Ancient Guru

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    Damn, a unanimous choice. :p
     
  15. The Chubu

    The Chubu Ancient Guru

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    FX-8120 HA! I pick terrorist side!

    *the bomb has been planted*
     

  16. pimp_gimp

    pimp_gimp Ancient Guru

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    If you game 2500k is what I recommend.
     
  17. k1net1cs

    k1net1cs Ancient Guru

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    Well, yes, that thing is a bomb when OC-ed.
    Quite literally. =b
     
  18. Neo Cyrus

    Neo Cyrus Ancient Guru

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    The FX 8120 is too weak and pathetic to be a terrorist. It's more like a crippled mute with cataract problems.

    When I saw the title I thought for a second that it was going to be a troll thread. Bulldozer architecture is a joke, it's predecessor was superior.
     
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  19. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    I'd take the 1090T over the FX-8120. Unless, you're going to be doing something so highly multithreaded ... but since most likely you aren't, get the 2500K.

    deltatux
     
  20. fr33k

    fr33k Ancient Guru

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    most sound advice in here.
     

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