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FX 6300 or PHENOM II X4 965

Hi, i cannot decide weather to buy a fx 6300 or a phenom 2 965. The main use will be for gaming and i just wanted to know what would be the best value for money and performance. If there are any other AMD CPU's you would like to know.

System Spec:
GPU: GTX 660
CPU: ???
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46
PSU: OCZ ZS 650W
RAM: Corsair 2x 4GB
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

Thankyou.
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  1. I would like to know*, not you would like to know.
  2. If you have to get an AMD cpu go with Vishera as its atleast got the best core per core preformance which is what actually counts in gaming. If you have to choose between the 6300 and phenom 2 965. I would take the phenom 2 965 because it has better core per core value then the 6300 without overclocking
  3. id say the fx 6300. the phenom is showing age and will most likely bottleneck your games a little. The 6300 is pretty cheap the last time i checked.
  4. Whichever is cheaper.
  5. MajinCry said:
    Whichever is cheaper.


    the phenom is cheaper for sure so thats not the best advice. The FX6300 will outperform the phenom and i think its totally worth it
  6. firo40 said:
    If you have to get an AMD cpu go with Vishera as its atleast got the best core per core preformance which is what actually counts in gaming. If you have to choose between the 6300 and phenom 2 965. I would take the phenom 2 965 because it has better core per core value then the 6300 without overclocking


    Only the 6300 does a turbo mode to 4.1 Ghz. Most of the benchmarks I've looked at put the 6300 above the 965, even in single threaded applications.
  7. LOL core per core the fx 6300 will not outpreform the phenom 2 i have benched this. If you are planning to overclock the 6300 wins for sure. Look at core per core statistics
  8. Turbo core is not what i was talking about, Core per core means equal core value but yes lets use a synthentic onboard overclock to a lower clock value as a comparison
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    I understand what you're saying, clock for clock and "core per core" (I still dislike how AMD muddied the definition) the phenoms are stronger. My point was out of the box piledrivers are able to perform as well if not better on single threaded applications. That's why on many benchmarks they are beating phenoms on things like gaming. To my understanding the only time phenoms out of box seem to be able to beat piledriver cpus is on task that utilize 4 (for quad) or 6 (for hex) floating point units. Otherwise it seems to be more or less a wash.
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