Switching from Intel i7 960 to AMD for Gaming, Best Option?
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November 23, 2012, 10:05 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Brockville, ON
My System Specs
SSD and gpu upgrade would be your best bet. A 7870 is quite a bit faster then a 6870 as well, I have both, the difference is actually quite large.
i7 960 @4.0Ghz is still hella fast, a 955/965, 1090/1100t, FX 8350 FX6300 and such are not faster then it, unless you got a sweet 955/965 or thuban to clock up to say 4.4Ghz or better and not need an uber cooler(unlikely)
Like pointed out, FX chips just arent there yet, great multi-core performance, but few games rely on this, Phenom II x4 and x6 are competative to core i7 first gen and somewhat second gen(purely for gaming) but are not better, and at least the core i series are more then a one trick pony, first gen also had some features then second and third gen did not.
My System Specs
ASUS M5A99X EVO
PII 955BE C3 max 4.34 Ghz 1.435v HT 2.182 CPU-NB 2867 MX4 CM Hyper 212+ push/pull stock fan
G Skill 2x4 8gb RipjawX 1866 9,10,9,27,42 1.5v at 1787 9,9,9,25,34 1.51v
MSI TFIII 7870 OC running 825/1005 .881V 58% fan 56c, 983/1375 core/mem 1.150V 74% fan 64c, 1267/1535 1.232V 87% fan 74c gaming stable one of lowest volt/high clock 7870 I have seen.
Crucial MX100 256gb Caviar black 640(game) Caviar blue 1tb(junk/storage external)
Antec GX700 yuck :(
ASUS Xonar DX
Samsung 2570HD(typical responce time 7+ms :( and Acer P223W(<1ms typical)
Windows 7 64 home premium
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