CPU + Board +ram combo

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PontezZ's picture
Joined: 09/09/2011
Posts: 38

Hi there friends as you all know my i7 920 + gigabyte ex58-ud5 + 6gb ddr3 mushkin blackline burned out and i need a new cpu board and rams.

what i have in mind for 320 dlls is

RAM: 2x4 GB DDR3 Gskill Sniper 1600
BOARD: Asus Sabertooth 990FX
CPU: AMD FX 8120

is this better than the i7 920? because im an a really tight budget and i would like to know is this is considered an upgrade from that old platform.

tks in advance

Rui Ponte

marijanovic's picture
Joined: 02/09/2011
Posts: 197

It is not an upgrade, rather a downgrade:
FX-8150 vs i7 920: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=47
A Sandy Bridge Core i5 would be an upgrade, a Ivy bridge i5 would be an good upgrade.
Lets put it this way - FX-8120 and i7 920 are about the same (with i7 beeing a bit faster in most cases).

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deltaalex's picture
Joined: 11/02/2010
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You can get the following for $360:

Ivy Bridge i5 3450 (3.1 Ghz), or i5 3550 (3.3Ghz) +$10 - though no OC ability
Asrock Z77 Pro 3
8GB 1600MHz RAM

You can look into the motherboard problem as there are various chipsets Z77, Z75, B75, H77 each for different needs. Z77 is the most expensive and has (i think) all facilities.

PontezZ's picture
Joined: 09/09/2011
Posts: 38

i already got my 8120 the sabertooth 990fx and 8 gb corsair vengeance and i must say mutch faster than my old i7 better temps and more stability in games and for rendering its also faster than my old i7 920 and this processor is a beast for overclocking so it wasnt a downgrade but a really good and cheap upgrade