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Should I get an I5 cpu and make the switch to Intel or stick with AMD?

Here are my computer specs:
AMD Athlon x4 760k
Saphire Radeon R7 260x 2GB GDDR5
Corsair Builder Series CX 430 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS certified
MSI A78M-E35 FM2+ / FM2

I planning on upgrading some components and I am not sure what to do. I thinking of either getting a new mother board, 750w power supply and switching to an intel i5.
Would an intel i5 make a big difference in gaming compared to the 760k or would I be better off just getting a better amd processor and using the extra money to buy a higher end Gpu like the gtx 970? I don't have a big budget and wondering on what would be the better option. I am not that smart on this subject.
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    FM2 processors aren't the best, unless you are using an APU. I would suggest switching to Intel since you can get some pretty decent CPU's to run with a GTX 970 with no bottlenecking issues whatsoever. LGA1150 socket is probably the best way to go in terms of gaming.

    In case you are wondering, I doubt any FM2 CPU/APU can run with a GTX 970 without a bottleneck.
  2. Mr_Venbeer said:
    FM2 processors aren't the best, unless you are using an APU. I would suggest switching to Intel since you can get some pretty decent CPU's to run with a GTX 970 with no bottlenecking issues whatsoever. LGA1150 socket is probably the best way to go in terms of gaming.

    In case you are wondering, I doubt any FM2 CPU/APU can run with a GTX 970 without a bottleneck.


    The answer I was looking for. Thank You for the advice. I think I can hold off getting a better gpu for a bit.
  3. Core i5-4440 is not a bad way to go if you're looking to save money. It uses the aforementioned socket, will get you way better performance than the 760k, and I doubt it will bottleneck a 970.

    As for the FM2 situtation, I concur - FM2 is an old socket and the 970 is a beast of a GPU. Nothing that FM2 will accept will truly allow your GPU to reach its full potential.

    Edit: Aw. Best answer was picked even before I finished writing.
  4. No worries, glad to help ;)
  5. jazzy663 said:
    Core i5-4440 is not a bad way to go if you're looking to save money. It uses the aforementioned socket, will get you way better performance than the 760k, and I doubt it will bottleneck a 970.

    As for the FM2 situtation, I concur - FM2 is an old socket and the 970 is a beast of a GPU. Nothing that FM2 will accept will truly allow your GPU to reach its full potential.

    Edit: Aw. Best answer was picked even before I finished writing.

    Sorry bout that. But what you said is also helpful. Thanks for the help. I need a bit more power for a cpu. I will look into the i5 4440. One I have been looking at is the 4690k. That seems like it is pretty nice.
  6. The i5-4440 will be just right. You won't be able to overclock it like you can a 4690K, but you will save some money and use it on a better graphics card :)
  7. Mr_Venbeer said:
    The i5-4440 will be just right. You won't be able to overclock it like you can a 4690K, but you will save some money and use it on a better graphics card :)


    I think so too. Thanks again lad. :)
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