FX 8350 now or save up for i7 4790k?

Gareth Blundell

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Ok so I know this has been discussed a gazillion times but I have a specific question about this.

I built my last pc around 5 years ago and have now been out of gaming for a good while. Anyway I built this pre AMD FX processors with the intention of upgrading to FX later.

Phenom X4 955be (OC to 4.1ghz)
Gigabyte 990xa ud3
8Gb G skill ripjaws 1600
EVGA GTX 460 SE

I got Gtav and upgraded my gpu to the r9 290x. Yes I know my cpu is massive bottleneck I intended to upgrade the cpu! Which brings me to my question should I get fx 8350 now or bite the bullet and get an i7 4790k plus appropriate mobo?

I love the way gtav looks with my r9 290x just want to increase fps (current avg is around 45 fps). I'm thinking of going Haswell- E or waiting to see what Zen will bring in next 2 years for full pc build upgrade so my question really is with that in mind i7 or fx 8350 and wait??? Money wise cheaper the better will would fork out for i7 over fx if you guys think it is worth it?

PS not interested in i5
 

Mugglensu1984

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Get the FX 8350 now because it is soo cheap and with it you can run your pc for another 2 years minimum. Then buy Skylake-E or Amd Zen (or whatever). IMO, the 4790K is not a worthwhile upgrade (in your case) since you can upgrade to a 8350 fx
 

Mugglensu1984

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Get the FX 8350 now because it is soo cheap and with it you can run your pc for another 2 years minimum. Then buy Skylake-E or Amd Zen (or whatever). IMO, the 4790K is not a worthwhile upgrade (in your case) since you can upgrade to a 8350 fx
 

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The i7 will usually have better performance in gaming because of intel's superior IPC. In your case it will mean having to upgrade cpu+motherboard, which will set you back about $400. This will enable to you to keep up with current and future games comfortably for at least 2 years.

Upgrading the cpu only will also extend the life of your current setup for a couple of years, at a much cheaper price (8350 is going for $150 or so atm). However, the FX route is a less performing one, you will get better performance with the intel.

Seeing you have a excellent GPU that will work very well with the FX, I would opt for the cheaper 8350 upgrade. Paying $350 extra for an increase of 5-10 fps is not really worth it, especially since the R9 290x/FX8350 combo will perform very well already.
 

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Well said
 

George Mulligan

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Can you explain why you won't consider an i5? If you're only gaming, that would be ideal, and since money is a big consideration, you could get what you need sooner. An i7 is only needed if you're also doing video or other multi-thread application work.
 

Gareth Blundell

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Thanks a lot guys thats what I thought, but just getting back into gaming and was tempted by i7 plus put off the 8350 by fanboys and benchmarks. Will go for the 8350 and do new build of whatever in couple of years. Perfect answer thanx
 

Gareth Blundell

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Yes sorry george I have nothing against i5's but I just don't think the switch of mobo to i5 would be worth it compared to getting the FX in comparison to switching to i7. I know it would perform better but too much hassle (and money) for only slight increase in performance if I was going to switch I'd want a big bump for it to be worth it.

 

Mugglensu1984

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Well said.
 

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Save for the i7. Here is a good deal for you:
http://www.homesplay.com/store.php/ciaociao/pd8426534/intel_core_i7-4790k_processor_8m_cache_up_to_4.40_ghz_bx80646i74790k_?gclid=CjwKEAjwqLWrBRC-_OaG-IfL0kASJAAbzKsVhFgppcKA_ic8ReR5lFc14cONzHZeD192N23SlTS0bxoCmmvw_wcB#.VW2i7mrD_mw
Have a nice day! :)
 

Gareth Blundell

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Guys I managed get a rock solid stable overclock of 4.3 on my phenom and overclocked my r9 290x I now get 55-90fps on gta v and 45-75 on watchdogs on mostly v high settings at 1080p with 99% gpu usage and fluctuating 85-100 cpu usage. So I feel no need to upgrade right now can afford to wait see what skylake, zen bring whilst saving for an i7 4790k. Feel that fx 8350 swap would be pointless now - so proud of my old phenom chip for holding it's own in current gen games :)
 

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