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AMD to Intel CPU upgrade?


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#1 KDDomin

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 02:46 PM

Current specs-
GPU- GTX 1070 
CPU- AMD A8 7650K
Motherboard- MSI A88X-D3H FM2+
Cooling- ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB
Power Supply- Corsair CX500
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      Im planning on upgrading some of my computer parts soon, specifically the CPU. I want to go over to Intel but i hear people used to have problems and it was a lot of work switching over from AMD to Intel. So my question is, are there any problems or things i would have to check or switch? I heard people used to have trouble with the OS but idk about Windows 10. The CPU im planning on switching to is the  Intel Core i5 6600K 3.50 GHz Quad Core Skylake Desktop Processor, Socket LGA 1151, 8MB CPU.
 
I also plan on upgrading to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) cooling system and the Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX DDR4 Motherboards GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 motherboard. Which should both be compatible with the 6600k (If not please let me know!).
 
Im planning on upgrading around Christmas (For those deals  :thumbup2: ). Im also going to watch out for the new AMD ZEN stuff but if there are no troubles switching to Intel then i probably wont stay with AMD.
 
So finally again, Is it worth it to switch over to Intel from AMD and are there any troubles that i need to be aware of before i do switch? 
Any tips and advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!           -Matt

 

 



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Posted 13 September 2016 - 05:57 AM

Given the date you're planning the upgrade, I would hold off until AMD's Zen processors are out.  Pricing and performance will be different and the Zen CPU's should be out early next year.  Zen is a substantial upgrade over AMD's current offerings.

 

The AMD FM2 platform is meant for their APU line which is intended for standard home or office tasks.  The i5 6600k is quite an upgrade and can be used for gaming.  If you change out your AMD CPU for an Intel CPU, you will effectively be building a new PC with the exception of storage and your add-in GPU.  You will need to purchase a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, and Windows license.  For the license, you may not need to buy another one if you are using a full, retail license.  You will also need to reinstall the OS.

 

Going to Intel is the same as going from FM2 to AM3+ or AM4 on the AMD side of things.


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Posted 13 September 2016 - 02:26 PM

Given the date you're planning the upgrade, I would hold off until AMD's Zen processors are out.  Pricing and performance will be different and the Zen CPU's should be out early next year.  Zen is a substantial upgrade over AMD's current offerings.

 

The AMD FM2 platform is meant for their APU line which is intended for standard home or office tasks.  The i5 6600k is quite an upgrade and can be used for gaming.  If you change out your AMD CPU for an Intel CPU, you will effectively be building a new PC with the exception of storage and your add-in GPU.  You will need to purchase a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, and Windows license.  For the license, you may not need to buy another one if you are using a full, retail license.  You will also need to reinstall the OS.

 

Going to Intel is the same as going from FM2 to AM3+ or AM4 on the AMD side of things.

Thanks! I have the CPU and Motherboard on the list to buy already (i5 6600k and Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX DDR4 Motherboard) but i forgot about the RAM. Are there any RAM cards you would recommend with the other things i plan on getting? I really have no clue what to look at or where to look for that. I currently have a 1600MHz DDR3 8GB (2x4) RAM. And for the OS I do have the Windows 10 disk full retail license. 



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Posted 13 September 2016 - 02:36 PM

I really see no sense changing AMD quad core to Intel quad core. Speed difference is not worth the price. Also LGA1151 CPU's have very poor build quality.

LGA1151 motherboards need DDR4 memory. DDR4-2400 would be my choice.

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 02:42 PM

So would the Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 C16 4x4GB RAM work well with the other components i plan on upgrading to? And what Intel motherboard do you recommend over the LGA1151?


Edited by hamluis, 13 September 2016 - 06:05 PM.


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Posted 13 September 2016 - 03:53 PM

Take 2*8GB instead.

If you want i5-6600K, you have no other choice than LGA1151. I also talked about LGA1151 CPU quality. LGA1151 motherboards are OK quality except very fragile CPU socket.


Edited by hamluis, 13 September 2016 - 06:05 PM.


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Posted 13 September 2016 - 04:08 PM

What is the difference between the 4x4 and the 2x8 GB?


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 05:52 AM

4x4 will fill up all RAM slots, 2x8 will only fill half with the same RAM capacity leaving room for expansion.  I would get the 2x8GB if I were building now.  Your chosen motherboard allows for 64GB of RAM spread across four slots.  You could go nuts and get 4x16GB.

 

A 2x8GB kit:  Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400

A 2x16GB kit:  Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133

A 4x16GB kit (You could buy a 2x16GB kit twice):  Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 02:24 PM

4x4 will fill up all RAM slots, 2x8 will only fill half with the same RAM capacity leaving room for expansion.  I would get the 2x8GB if I were building now.  Your chosen motherboard allows for 64GB of RAM spread across four slots.  You could go nuts and get 4x16GB.

 

A 2x8GB kit:  Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400

A 2x16GB kit:  Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133

A 4x16GB kit (You could buy a 2x16GB kit twice):  Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400

For now ill only need the 2x8GB. Would the Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) work just as well as the 2x8 Mushkin you recommended? Or is it something you do not recommend? Thanks.



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 05:24 AM

The 16GB kit in a 2x8GB configuration is the same as the 4x16GB, so it should work.


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 06:24 PM

I really see no sense changing AMD quad core to Intel quad core. Speed difference is not worth the price. Also LGA1151 CPU's have very poor build quality.

LGA1151 motherboards need DDR4 memory. DDR4-2400 would be my choice.

 

What....the......!

 

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Posted 20 September 2016 - 04:49 AM

I really see no sense changing AMD quad core to Intel quad core. Speed difference is not worth the price. Also LGA1151 CPU's have very poor build quality.

LGA1151 motherboards need DDR4 memory. DDR4-2400 would be my choice.

 
What....the......!
 
You will go far in this line of work! :)


Intel i7-6700K cost about $320. It has very poor termal paste under heatspreader and thinner substrate causes problems with coolers, so called bendgate.

AMD CPU that cost $50 has soldered headspreader and no problems with heavy coolers.

So yes, Intel LGA1151 CPU's build quality is at least very poor, if not abysmal.

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 09:31 PM

 

 

I really see no sense changing AMD quad core to Intel quad core. Speed difference is not worth the price. Also LGA1151 CPU's have very poor build quality.

LGA1151 motherboards need DDR4 memory. DDR4-2400 would be my choice.

 
What....the......!
 
You will go far in this line of work! :)

 


Intel i7-6700K cost about $320. It has very poor termal paste under heatspreader and thinner substrate causes problems with coolers, so called bendgate.

AMD CPU that cost $50 has soldered headspreader and no problems with heavy coolers.

So yes, Intel LGA1151 CPU's build quality is at least very poor, if not abysmal.

 

What Motherboard do you recommend instead? Not going over the price of the one I have listed.



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Posted 23 September 2016 - 11:05 AM

There's nothing wrong with motherboard you already listed. But as stated above, I see no reason to do that upgrade and LGA1151 CPU's build quality is very bad.

I suggest you wait for AMD Zen (good availability january 2017?), at least it brings something fresh for market.




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