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Thinking of getting a new mobo\cpu

By treetops ยท 8 replies
Nov 5, 2014
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  1. Thinking of getting a new mobo\cpu. Mainly for gaming. Will 300$ get me up to par? What kind of gains can I expect. What combo do you recommend? Iv read intel is far better at gaming since a lot of games go off of one core. One game I really want high fps in is Chivalry Midieval warfare.

    Monitor 1920x1080
    Budget 300$
    Case xclio
    GPU r9 280
    Ram ddr3 4 x 2gb, 1600 mhz, patriot 1.8v, ripsaw 1.5v (running at 1.65v)
    Hard drive 2x 7200 rpm
    Cooling Cooler Master Seidon 120V (just got it a few weeks ago)

    Current Mobo cpu
    Cpu Amd Phenom ll quad 3.2 ghz

    p.s. sorry my font got a little wacky
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,045   +206

    Thanks I am going to see if there are any better deal on black friday. And my 4x 2gig ram wont work on that mobo. But I was wondering what type of gains would I get from that cpu compared to mine?
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Whoops, misread that as 2x4GB! This would be a better mobo recommendation in that case.

    Exact performance gains will vary from game to game, but should be a minimum of 5-10% across the board, in my opinion. Of course, the biggest gains are going to be in other areas, such as heat dissipation and power consumption, as well as overall non-gaming performance (games are mostly GPU-bound anyways).
  5. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,045   +206

    Man that does not sound like its worth 230$, 10% gains bleh. Btw I oced to .37 on the cpu. The game I am really trying to get good fps on is Chivalry medieval warfare. Iv been told it pretty much goes off of a single core and is poorly optimized for multi cores. I just want to max that game and get 60 fps. With this setup I have to go down to medium or low on half the maps and the other half I can get 60 fps with max settings.
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    For any single-threaded applications, Intel is king.
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,045   +206

    Last edited: Nov 13, 2014
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,045   +206

    It doesnt look like either of these cpu can be over clocked. Hmm I have that water cooler would be a waste not to get a cpu I cant oc?

    The 4690 does not have hyper threading. Will that hurt its single core value?

    Im going for the 4690k, would that mobo be a good match? Does that mobo OC well?

    New on amazon 214$ no rebate

    will the default mobo bios support that cpu?

    will my video card fit on that mobo?
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2014
  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,045   +206

    Amazon has some good Black November deals I went with
    ASRock PRO4 ATX DDR3 214$
    Intel Core i5-4690K 99$

    Getting the K version lets me overclock and it was only 5$ more. I went with free trial prime membership for 2 day shipping. Somehow it still charged me 1$.

    I would have gotten a cheaper 8 series mobo but it was really difficult to try and find out what old mobo supported that cpu out of the box. I do not have a old intel chip I can upgrade the bios with.

    The mobo has some other advantages over cheaper older mobos as well. This mobo supports overclocked ram, which is nice for the future and it has a 3.0 pcie slot. It is also supposed to be a great all around over clocker which will compliment my basic cpu water cooling.

    Ill likely have to sell my current ram and buy a matched set to oc the cpu past turbo mode. My older ram is also 1.8v so idk if I should even use it on this mobo.

    Amazon ended up being the cheapest way to go, but I had to look on newegg for warranty info and quality reviews.

    The sad thing is I might have been able to buy a dual core cpu, mobo for 100$ combined and out classed most AMD cpus at gaming.

    p.s. I was really tired of searching for that great discount older mobo that would work out of the box with a 4690k, I am sure their are better mobos out there but exhaustion won. Note to whoever it may concern this mobo seems to have a high dead on arrival rate according to newegg and amazon reviews.

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