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Should I switch from AMD to Intel?

Hi,

My rig is purely built for Battlefield 4, but I dont play that anymore. And my pc doesnt perform well on other older games I mean, it feels like a waste of money to have a pc that eats upto 500watts when playing a old single-threaded game, and have a poor performance. So im thinking of changing motherboard and cpu to Intel. Is it worth it?

Current game - DCS: World
Current specs - AMD FX-8320 @ 4.4GHz | ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 | R9 270x 2GB
Planned change - Intel Core i5 with Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3.

Any thoughts? I dont know which model of the i5 yet, and that MoBo seems to have decent mosfets/Chipsets cooling..
So... Im worried that I will regret this and end up with a worse rig than before.. lol
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  1. It is unlikely that your system is using 500W. When a CPU like that is using a single thread/core the power consumption will only be a portion of the maximum. Only a highly threaded game will cause the system to use up the maximum power the system can draw. And even then your system would likely draw less than 500W at full load.

    Now my wonder is what old single threaded games are giving you bad performance. Is it this DCS: World that is mentioned? Taking a look online there are a few threads mentioning performance issues with that game.
  2. It's DCS: World. My system should perform way better than it does IMO.. People say it's my CPU that causes the poor performance cuz its very heavy cpu-demanding, but I say it's bullshit. I even checked my GPU Load in GPU-Z after ~30min of gameplay, and maximum GPU load was 99%, average around 97%... So, its not my CPU and neither my VRAM, but its the actual GPU unit that causes my poor performance or what :S...

    I dont know about this one though, but the game is only DirectX9. Could it be a matter of bad optimization on R9 270x for DX9 games or anything..?

    Btw, I didnt mean 500w litteraly, but the differeance between Intel and AMD power consumption is crazy.
  3. Alanthor said:
    It's DCS: World. My system should perform way better than it does IMO.. People say it's my CPU that causes the poor performance cuz its very heavy cpu-demanding, but I say it's bullshit. I even checked my GPU Load in GPU-Z after ~30min of gameplay, and maximum GPU load was 99%, average around 97%... So, its not my CPU and neither my VRAM, but its the actual GPU unit that causes my poor performance or what :S...

    I dont know about this one though, but the game is only DirectX9. Could it be a matter of bad optimization on R9 270x for DX9 games or anything..?

    Btw, I didnt mean 500w litteraly, but the differeance between Intel and AMD power consumption is crazy.


    There is certainly a large power draw difference but only at full load and even then it would takes years on the average persons electric bill to make up for the difference in cost especially if you are switching from one to another for minimal gains. If you upgrade every 2-3 years you wouldn't make up for the price difference and on a system as fast as yours I'd wait for DDR4 systems to be common before upgrading especially given that will come in late 2015/2016.

    But anyways if your GPU is loaded that much when playing and you aren't seeing major dips then year your GPU isn't keeping up with the action. If your CPU wasn't keeping up the GPU would have some idle time before it started drawing the next frame. Given this a GPU upgrade may be your best bet either that or dropping your graphical settings down a bit which would reduce the GPU aspect of the performance issues. BTW a decent GPU upgrade from what you have would be in the line of a R9 290 or GTX 970 or above anything in between those wouldn't be worth your money.
  4. I lean to GPU upgrade also, 970 or 290X , might even find a 780 or 780X out there
  5. Tradesman1 said:
    I lean to GPU upgrade also, 970 or 290X , might even find a 780 or 780X out there


    780X ?? :lol:
  6. Ooops, was working a 290X thread at same time, my bad, meant 780TI ;) Sorry bout that
  7. So GPU eh... Can I get any advice on how to check if my CPU is struggling with the game?
  8. Should you switch to Intel?
    I'm so glad you asked and the answer is NO. Have a nice day. But on a slightly less serious note if you feel you really must switch to Intel at least consider getting an i7. i5's are rather pedestrian. And once you have considered that I recommend a doctor to have your head examined.
  9. Alanthor said:
    So GPU eh... Can I get any advice on how to check if my CPU is struggling with the game?


    You pretty much ran the basic tool for that type of test. GPU usage is one of the best indicators of CPU bottlenecking. When a game is running the CPU will cycle through setting up the world during each frame. It gets information from the network, handles user input, handles any AI calculations, changes the location of objects in the world based on network input, user input, and physics calculations, and draws up the necessary assets and information needed and send them to the GPU for rendering rinse and repeat. On of the things to understand is that the CPU waits on the GPU. If the GPU is fast enough there is little to no wait. There are newer API's and API extensions that have been/are in developement to reduce this wait but it older games don't have access to them and alot of games recently released don't use them.

    Basically if your GPU is kept busy your CPU is doing fine. The other way to check for a GPU bottleneck is to drop your graphical settings to reduce the workload on the GPU if your FPS shoots up then you found your answer. (If you are using AA and/or AF lowering these should be lowered first)
  10. godspanther said:
    Should you switch to Intel?
    I'm so glad you asked and the answer is NO. Have a nice day. But on a slightly less serious note if you feel you really must switch to Intel at least consider getting an i7. i5's are rather pedestrian. And once you have considered that I recommend a doctor to have your head examined.


    The hell is your problem dipstick? offf

    (profanity edited out - Tradesman1)
  11. Best answer
    Try the i5 4670k . The motherboard you chose is good. also if you did switch to intel I would switch to an Nvidia Card. like a Gtx 970.
    Intel+Nvidia is a very good match. Also the power supply should atleast be 600w. Or if your really for 500w. I would get a lower graphics card. But for a little bit more you get much more performance. I would wait for the gtx 960. Because that would need only 500w. Dont go to the 700 series. because a gtx 760 needs a 500w psu minimum ,but is recommended for a 600w. Anything higher needs more. just for a little bit more will give you much more performance. Or if you want to stay with your current graphics card. It would be a good idea.
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