[SOLVED] Upgrading my FX-8350

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I'm looking to upgrade my old FX-8350 to an intel based system that runs with ddr3. I am on a very tight budget (hence not upgrading ram) so am thinking about purchasing a used cpu/mobo combo possibly. What would be the best cpu to get? My max budget would be £80 to £100.

I am looking to increase my performance in autocad software and games as my pc struggles in games like gta V and Witcher 3.


My specs are:

GTX 970 Gigabyte
AsRock Extreme 970
650W Corsair PSU
2 x 8GB Corsiar Vengance DDR3 @1600MHz
 
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I would recommend keeping your FX-8350 until you have a larger budget. There's nothing you can get (CPU+Mobo) within your current budget that would be better than what you have now.
Hey thanks for the reply, so there's nothing better available not even in a used condition?
 
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No. Anything that cheap would have half as many cores/threads as your 8-core FX-8350. So, you might not even see any performance increase and may even see a decrease in performance. Plus, needing a motherboard also puts you above your budget.
Ah okay thanks for replying, really appreciated!
 
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I'm looking to upgrade my old FX-8350 to an intel based system that runs with ddr3. I am on a very tight budget (hence not upgrading ram) so am thinking about purchasing a used cpu/mobo combo possibly. What would be the best cpu to get? My max budget would be £80 to £100.

I am looking to increase my performance in autocad software and games as my pc struggles in games like gta V and Witcher 3.


My specs are:

GTX 970 Gigabyte
AsRock Extreme 970
650W Corsair PSU
2 x 8GB Corsiar Vengance DDR3 @1600MHz
do not upgrade unless you have a bigger budget. you can not sell the fx8350 for a decent amount of money, because nobody wants it.
 

delaro

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I'm looking to upgrade my old FX-8350 to an intel based system that runs with ddr3. I am on a very tight budget (hence not upgrading ram) so am thinking about purchasing a used cpu/mobo combo possibly. What would be the best cpu to get? My max budget would be £80 to £100.

I am looking to increase my performance in autocad software and games as my pc struggles in games like gta V and Witcher 3.


My specs are:

GTX 970 Gigabyte
AsRock Extreme 970
650W Corsair PSU
2 x 8GB Corsiar Vengance DDR3 @1600MHz

I7 2600K + motherboard ~$90
i7 3770k + Motherboard ~$110
i5 4690K + motherboard ~$140 or e3-1231 v3 without the ability to Overclock

Gaming-
Depends on the game on how well it takes advantage of the GPU. CPUbound games will play better on any of the Intel CPU's while API's that are more balance you will hardly notice a difference unless your running higher than 1080p with all max settings.


Autocad-
It really depends on what version and what level of rendering you are doing as well as how many physical cores you are using. Autocad favors physical cores over Virtual so there are times where an 8350 is going to be faster over an i7 with hyperthreading. 2D on older versions only used 4 cores so a newer CPU overclocked would be faster but the difference was never massive.
 

j121

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not sure about games a intel core i5 2500k still beats a amd fx 8350 in most games , the question is will they start coding even more for 6 or more threads. I hear some say they will and some say 4 cores will still be good for 5 to 10 years.
 

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i5 2500k is a lot stronger than fx 8350 for games. single core performance is real bad on fx 8350
If OP was only gaming on his CPU, I would agree. But AutoCAD likes physical cores, and there the FX 8350 does give that i5 some payback.

Right now, OP should target a Ryzen 6-core (1600, 2600 or 3600) on a B450 motherboard and 2x8 Gb of DDR4 - but that's at best double the budget he has.
 

delaro

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i5 2500k is a lot stronger than fx 8350 for games. single core performance is real bad on fx 8350
I never said it wasn't, you seem to not be seeing the whole picture. If you were to take 100 of the most popular games run them at 1080p and medium settings with a decently high GPU you would find all of these to be very close...like very close. Take those same CPU's and do render tests and you will see a vast difference with the 8350 well above i5's. The question was never just about gaming, was it? If he is going to upgrade then get something that is going to be an upgrade in all things he does which a 2500K does not do.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-hierarchy,4312.html
 

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yeah for editing he might as well keep the fx. I agree that a ryzen system is good value at the moment but he was looking for a upgrade where he can use his ddr3 ram
 

j121

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intel xeon e3-1270 v2 4 cores/ 8 threads could be a good option it beats amd ryzen 5 1400 and about same as 1500.
supported by some 1155 motherboards. recommend aliexpress or ebay for used market.
 
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spat55

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How about sell what you have for £65 minimum (CPU/Mobo/RAM bundle) that'll get you £165. You'll need an extra £80 for this but it'll be worth it, you get a Microsoft Game Pass for 3 months with it that you can sell for £10 if that helps. Used Xeon isn't a terrible idea but no warranty is a little crappy with no upgrade path, with this you could stick a 3700x in there at some point if you want.

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Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£54.48 @ CCL Computers)
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