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April 21, 2013 9:23:43 AM

I have a choice: either I can get an aftermarket cooler for my new FX-6300, or I can put the money into a better video card. I currently have a GTX 660 in budget, but if I don't get the aftermarket cooler, I could step that up to a 660 Ti, or a Radeon HD 7950. Is it worth it to do this, or is the 6300's stock cooler inadequate for a gaming load?

It might also be worth it to add that I live in California, so temperatures can definitely get up there during the summer.
April 21, 2013 9:26:34 AM

What kind of aftermarket cooler were you going to get?
April 21, 2013 9:28:55 AM

Probably a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, just because it's in budget and has good reviews. I'm completely open to suggestions if there's a better one that I'm completely missing. I take it that it's better to invest in the cooler, then?
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April 21, 2013 9:45:14 AM

No it is better to get a graphics card instead. I was just curious as to what cooler you were thinking about getting. If you can get a 7950 go for that. It will give you a lot more bang for your buck if you are willing to overclock it some. You can just get a cooler later.

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April 21, 2013 1:22:52 PM
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The stock cooler will get you by as long as you don't overclock on it. It will be noisy, and since the cooler is far cheaper than buying a new graphics card, I would also recommend the HD 7950. The $30 it takes to buy the 212 EVO can be had much more easily in a few months, and you'll be fine on the stock clock until then. Plus, I find it useful to wait a few months before overclocking anything anyway, just because you should get a good feel for the performance you're getting without it overclocked first, and then you know how big a difference it is or isn't making later when you do OC.
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April 21, 2013 6:11:09 PM

The stock coolers are pretty good and quiet on the fx 4300 and fx 6300, but not on the 8320 or 8350. Watch this video on vishera CPU's and it will explain that you should definitely buy a new cooler with the 8 core. models. I think you would be okay with the stock cooler and you could probably overclock a little bit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 21, 2013 6:14:21 PM

All, right, thanks. I have the 6300 already, so I'm going to go with the stock cooler for now, and get a 7950. Though, all of the non reference models (read: pretty much all of the ones not from PowerColor) seem to be out of stock right now, so I may get a 660 Ti. If anyone knows why the hell there are no 7950s on newegg right now, knowledge on that would be much appreciated.
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April 21, 2013 6:17:01 PM

Is this going to be the last processor you buy for like the next 5 years?

If so get the cooler, it will add life to your CPU (APU).

If not and it is more important to get more FPS then go with the GPU upgrade.
April 21, 2013 6:19:09 PM

JimF_35 said:
Is this going to be the last processor you buy for like the next 5 years?

If so get the cooler, it will add life to your CPU (APU).

If not and it is more important to get more FPS then go with the GPU upgrade.


No, it certainly will not be. I expect to upgrade until the end-of-life for the AM3+ socket, then see what the state of the CPU market is, plus my personal finances to make my CPU move at that time.
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April 21, 2013 6:23:19 PM

minedwiz said:
All, right, thanks. I have the 6300 already, so I'm going to go with the stock cooler for now, and get a 7950. Though, all of the non reference models (read: pretty much all of the ones not from PowerColor) seem to be out of stock right now, so I may get a 660 Ti. If anyone knows why the hell there are no 7950s on newegg right now, knowledge on that would be much appreciated.


There are 7950's for sale, you may have been searching wrong.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 21, 2013 6:28:34 PM

swilczak said:
minedwiz said:
All, right, thanks. I have the 6300 already, so I'm going to go with the stock cooler for now, and get a 7950. Though, all of the non reference models (read: pretty much all of the ones not from PowerColor) seem to be out of stock right now, so I may get a 660 Ti. If anyone knows why the hell there are no 7950s on newegg right now, knowledge on that would be much appreciated.


There are 7950's for sale, you may have been searching wrong.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Great, thanks!
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