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Should I get the FX-8320 or the FX-6300?

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June 24, 2013 7:09:29 PM

Here's why I'm asking. Under normal circumstances (and bragging circumstances), I would go for the 8320 simply because of the 2 extra cores, but will I really need them?
The most CPU taxing thing which I'll probably be doing on a regular basis is gaming 1600 x 900 on a monitor while recording and streaming, while browsing the internet or watching Youtube videos on the other monitor, all while commentating and possibly running Skype. Also, I may choose to do heavy video editing (Not at the same time as what I just mentioned).

So are the two extra cores worth the $50? Or would I be better served buying a 7870 XT?

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June 24, 2013 7:20:45 PM

recording and streaming take more cores, 8320 would be better.
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June 24, 2013 7:50:45 PM

The more tasks running at the same time, the more cpu threads you'll need to run them in-stressful. Therefor 8320 is the way to go here. Since you didn't name games you'll play, it unsure whether a 7870xt would be very helpful over a 7870/660 or not.
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June 24, 2013 9:35:21 PM

To suggest a CPU or GPU really depends on your current configuration and what would prove of most benefit. I can tell you that I run a 6300 and a 7870 XT and I have yet to be disappointed on either the gaming side or the multi tasking/threaded side of things. Definitely a good well rounded bang for buck set up.
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June 24, 2013 9:54:06 PM

I'd go for the better graphics solution. It will be much more noticeable for what you are doing as opposed to the 8320
June 25, 2013 6:21:44 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Xion XON-980-BK (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: HP LV2011 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $651.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-25 09:21 EDT-0400)

that's my setup. The most exhaustive game I'll be playing is Metro: Last Light or Crysis 3 (Not sure which is more heavier overall)
June 25, 2013 7:19:48 AM

well it completely depends what u want out of the pc if gaming is more important to u than get hd 7870 xt as it is a very good card and performs very well but if video editing is more important than get fx 8320
performance wise there will be no improvement by getting fx 8320 and fx 6300 on the other hand there will be a improvement in the performance

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June 25, 2013 9:04:42 AM
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What about getting both fx8320 and a HD7870 for the same total price?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: HP LV2011 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $653.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-25 12:04 EDT-0400)

Got you a better PSU and a stress-free case, too.
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June 25, 2013 9:13:01 AM

Madn3ss795 said:
What about getting both fx8320 and a HD7870 for the same total price?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: HP LV2011 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $653.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-25 12:04 EDT-0400)

Got you a better PSU and a stress-free case, too.


Were talking about the 7870 XT, usually runs around 250.
June 25, 2013 9:44:49 AM

Nicely done mates :)  I'd like to thank all of you :D 
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June 25, 2013 10:47:42 AM

exodasius said:
Nicely done mates :)  I'd like to thank all of you :D 


Just so you know that build uses the regular 7870 not the XT version, just an FYI

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June 25, 2013 6:03:02 PM

Yes, but it requires more sacrifice than downgrading the CPU to a fx6300 to get a 7870XT.
June 26, 2013 6:07:46 AM

Nah, it's good tho. 7850<7870 :)  7870 XT is next to impossible to get w/o downgrading, but his idea was next best :)  It's too bad the case couldn't be kept :p 
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