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Upgrading my PC and need advice? AMD FX -8150 or INTEL i7 3820? Answered

hi all,

im in the planning stages of a PC upgrade for my new "5 Year PC"

my current system:

intel Q6600
Asus Commando
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 7970 3gb (will be reused in new system)
Hytec 950w PSU (will be reused in new system)
2 x 2GB DDR2 Ram
1TB, 2TB, 320gb & 500gb Sata HDDs (will be reused in new system)

system 1 AMD: (approx price. AUD$700)

AMD fx -8150
Asus Crosshair V Formula z
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-1866C10Q-32GXL (4x8GB) 32GB DDR3

system 2 INTEL: (approx price. AUD$1000)

Intel Core i7 3820
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-1866C10Q-32GXL (4x8GB) 32GB DDR3

Case: Lanboy Air

which system would last me the "Long term" with minimal upgrades.
the system would be on 24/7.
i use it mostly for gaming (WoW, AC, Diablo, Mass effect 3) but will be doing some photo/video editing in the future.
i WON'T be overclocking.


AMD FX -8150 or INTEL i7 3820?

Windows Score5.9
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 7.1
Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB 7.1
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series 7.9
Gaming graphics 4863 MB Total available graphics memory 7.9
Primary hard disk 451GB Free (932GB Total) 5.9



Best Answer 7 years ago

I'm personally an AMD fan... plus the i7 tends to overheat a lot.


7 years ago


i won't be doing it until at least after Xmas.
but i'm experiencing random freezes and FPS drops.
that has prompted the start of this process.

i do plan on putting in an SSD but that can wait a bit (until my 320gb dies)


7 years ago

I would wait until you finally come across a game your current system couldn't handle,who knows right? in 12 months that $1000 upgrade may only cost you $500. I'm just say-in.

Good Luck



7 years ago

Well I would suggest dropping one or two of those HDD's for an SSD, that's the only way to improve the windows score. Personally from what I've experienced with SSD's I'd have two plus a HDD. One SSD gets Windows and that's all, ever. The other gets the games (and associated programs like steam). Everything else goes on the HDD. This will cut down on noise, heat, and power.

The processors have equally high ratings on Newegg, as do the mobos except the Rampage has a lot more reviews. The only difference I see after a cursory glance is that the Crosshair does not have PCIe 3.0. This might not matter now since you aren't changing GPU's but in 3-5 years when you want a new one 3.0 will probably be the standard.

Check out tomshardware.com for benchmarking results for the two CPU's.