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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:47 am 
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the only down point with going with am3+ is it's at the end of its lifespan. I understand the platform is still highly looked upon by gamers, but just realize you will not be getting any easy new tech upgrades on that platform. if you're happy with that, then the choices you made for mobo and proc are fine.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:40 pm 
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bdub wrote:
the only down point with going with am3+ is it's at the end of its lifespan. I understand the platform is still highly looked upon by gamers, but just realize you will not be getting any easy new tech upgrades on that platform. if you're happy with that, then the choices you made for mobo and proc are fine.


Yes that did occur to me, the bang for buck is good on the AMD, though as you say at the end of it's life....I suppose the most 'future proof' if that's the right term and more room for expansion would be to go the Z97 route....decisions, decisions... :? you will have to forgive me I often juggle about thoughts before making a decision.... :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:01 pm 
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well, intel hasn't been very forward looking as of late, really. they've been hopping from socket to socket like a rabbit on lsd.
I was more thinking of the fm2+ platform by amd. it's been the norm for amd to handle 2 to three cpu cycles on one socket. granted this is more budget conscious stuff here.

a lot of people don't care about upgradability though... did you bother to upgrade your cpu in your last rig? did it catch you any real world advances on the same motherboard as your last cpu? just stuff to think about. I'm not trying to knock the am3+, just throwing out ideas.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:21 pm 
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bdub wrote:
well, intel hasn't been very forward looking as of late, really. they've been hopping from socket to socket like a rabbit on lsd.
I was more thinking of the fm2+ platform by amd. it's been the norm for amd to handle 2 to three cpu cycles on one socket. granted this is more budget conscious stuff here.

a lot of people don't care about upgradability though... did you bother to upgrade your cpu in your last rig? did it catch you any real world advances on the same motherboard as your last cpu? just stuff to think about. I'm not trying to knock the am3+, just throwing out ideas.



I know it took me some time to get my head round all the socket jumps...I stuck with my CPU on my current board for the duration, which may have been a mistake....mind you it never stopped me doing stuff I wanted to and I upgraded everything else, memory, OS, video card several times....at the time it was not worlds ahead of the AMD system I had it replace, however on this upgrade I will be entering a different world...SSD drives E sata Sata 3 am not a big builder these days and would be looking to upgrade as I go along...but keeping board and perhaps processor.....will check out the FM2 board as you say....

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:18 pm 
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esata is not a big deal now that usb 3 and 3.1 is out, unless you already have an esata external drive you want to use.
ssd's are great! I rec the Samsung 850 evo's as boot drives (250 gigs is adequate size, I have a 120 myself and never get it more than half full). and of course, new spinning stuff is SUPER cheap. a Toshiba 5 TB drive is on sale at newegg right now for 140 bucks... insane. of course you prolly want two or even three so you can do some type of redundant raid with that kind of drive.

one thing about the intel z9x is you might have opportunity for msata... an ssd that clips directly into a socket built on the mobo. interesting stuff.

another thing about intel, you'll pay a bunch more for some whistles you may never use (ie thunderbolt). and mobo's are usually more expensive to start, as well as cpu's.

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I have finally decided on the following for the upgrade....not planning on overclocking anything

Intel Core I5 4670 CPU
Asus Z97-P motherboard S 1150.
Samsung Evo 250 GB SSD
Corsair 1600 DDR3 2x 4 gigs Ram
Will get a 1TB SATA storage drive

Will use existing 750 GTX card and 550W PSU and new 27" IPS Asus monitor

Will upgrade PSU when I get a new graphics card....

Thanks for all the help...any comments welcome....

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:20 am 
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the Samsung ssd's like to have a program called magician installed.
the latest version can be found here...
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/ ... loads.html

set the OP (overprovisioning) to 10% (default), and disable prefetch. the overprovisioning only applies to one partition, so make sure it's next to the c: (in case you plan on having multiple partition on the system drive).

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:31 am 
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Thank you Bdub....have downloaded that on backup ready for new install...getting stuff tomorrow, all being well....

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