Will this work, and be worth it?

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Hi guys, looking at upgrading from a Q6600 @3.3GHZ, will the following be compatable with each other and would I notice any difference?

AMD Piledriver FX-8 Eight Core 8320 Black Edition 3.50GHz (Socket AM3+) Processor - Retail
ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AMD 990FX (Socket AM3+) DDR3 ATX Motherboard ** FREE NEXUIZ GAME
Samsung Green (MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz 30nm Dual Channel Kit
 
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Look at an Ivy i5 and a Z77 mobo. More performance in gaming and has the same amount of threads.
 
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1 x Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail £184.99
1 x Gigabyte Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £83.99
1 x Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX8GX3M2A1600C9) £29.99
Total : £310.37 (includes shipping : £9.50).




This would be a much better upgrade.

Q6600 vs 3570K (stock speeds) - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/53?vs=701

You can overclock the CPU to about 4Ghz on the stock supplied cooler, then later add a £25-30 heatsink to keep the temps low if you want to go higher.
 
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Look at an Ivy i5 and a Z77 mobo. More performance in gaming and has the same amount of threads.

The CPU he specced has 8 threads... i5 Has 4 cores with 4 threads.

AMD FX8320 has 8 threads and 8 cores, divided into 4 modules on 1 die.

8 Dedicated threads would be better for programming.

Gaming i5 would be slightly better, but overclocking would give equal performance :)
 
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How about the following?

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - OEM
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
Samsung Green (MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz 30nm Dual Channel Kit

Edit: Now Oliver comes in!!! Would it give a good enough boost from the Q6600?
 
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How about the following?

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - OEM
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
Samsung Green (MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz 30nm Dual Channel Kit

The retail CPU includes a longer 3 year warranty, heatsink and a proper box for £5 more.

The Z77X-D3H supports SLI/Crossfire at 8X/8X, if you only want a single gpu setup then the Z77-D3H will be fine for less money.

FX 8320 vs i5 3570K - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/698?vs=701
 
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I would look at getting the RAM that Stulid speced, That Samsung RAM is only worth it if you want to seriously overclock the RAM.

I would also look at adding a £30 ish cooler, it will allow you to better overclock the CPU. You can add one later but depending on your case it may make installation difficult without having to pull out the motherboard.

One of these would be good.

YOUR BASKET
1 x Xigmatek Dark Knight SD-1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler (Socket LGA 2011/1366/1156/1155/775 and AMD FM1/AM3/AM2+/AM2) £34.99
1 x Cooler Master Hyper 612S CPU Cooler (Socket LGA1366/1156/1155/775/AM3/AM2+/AM2) £32.99
1 x Alpenföhn Matterhorn Pure Edition CPU Cooler (Socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775/ AMD AM3/AM3+/AM2/AM2+/FM1) £29.99
Total : £108.47 (includes shipping : £8.75).

 
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The retail CPU includes a longer 3 year warranty, heatsink and a proper box for £5 more.

The Z77X-D3H supports SLI/Crossfire at 8X/8X, if you only want a single gpu setup then the Z77-D3H will be fine for less money.

FX 8320 vs i5 3570K - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/698?vs=701

Wow, hoenstly didnt think it was that close at stock. I would say they are evenly matched. Looking at the bench the i5 wins 50% and the FX8320 the other 50% :)

I thought they were worse than that.
 
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Its a no-brainer (especially as you are buying a new motherboard too)

Add one of those coolers suggested by Fire Fly and theres little reason you cant OC it to 4.5Ghz or a bit more.
 
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What games are you playing? For older games that use a single core (look at the WoW benchmark) the i5 is way better but in newer games which are able to use multiple cores (BF3 for example) the FX performs better, but still not as well as the i5 in most circumstances.
 
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