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July 8, 2013 8:10:23 AM

hello, i am building a gaming PC, and i am wondering if there will be a noticeable performance difference between a fx 6300 and an i5 3570 paired with a radeon 7870 or 7870 XT. thanks

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July 8, 2013 10:48:04 AM

I suspect it will be noticeable if you are doing rigorous benchmarks, but I doubt you would be able to tell the difference subjectively. Also, the 6 core AMD chip will likely outperform the i5 in next gen games due to the parallelisation of game engines (notice that the PS4 is going to have an 8 core processor made by AMD).
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July 8, 2013 11:20:28 AM

Well I'm not going to be benchmarking, just gaming. But people say that the i5's dominate all the fx's, but how much do games rely on the CPU anyway?
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July 8, 2013 11:32:24 AM

The current generation games do not care very much about your CPU at all. The next generation games (BF4 and Crysis 3 are good examples) will care about your CPU a lot. Next gen games can finally benefit from a lot of cores because the PS4 and Xbox One will be using x86 architecture (which is what PCs use) which means that when a dev ports a game to PC, the engine can communicate with the PC the same way it communicates with the console. Previously the engine's instructions intended for console architecture don't translate well to the PC, so the PC CPU has to use single-threaded processing to plow through, even though the game was intended to be run in a multithreaded environment.

So now there will (hopefully) cease to be sloppy PC ports which have to rely upon single threaded performance.

If I were in your shoes, I would spend $150 on an FX processor and put whatever money is leftover into the GPU (which is always the better dollar for dollar investment in a gaming system).
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July 8, 2013 11:51:14 AM

But isn't it better to get a better processor since the next gen games will rely more on the CPU? And technically the i5 is even better than the 8350 when it comes to gaming, the only big advantage that the fx will have over the i5 is the number of cores, which will come in handy for next gen games.
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July 8, 2013 11:51:47 AM

But isn't it better to get a better processor since the next gen games will rely more on the CPU? And technically the i5 is even better than the 8350 when it comes to gaming, the only big advantage that the fx will have over the i5 is the number of cores, which will come in handy for next gen games.
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July 8, 2013 11:55:10 AM

The next gen games will rely on the CPU more than they have in the past, but the GPU is still the workhorse, next gen games will still rely on the GPU more than the CPU.
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July 8, 2013 12:15:55 PM

Thanks, now that I know im going for an fx, should I get the 6300 or the 8350 for another $70?
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July 8, 2013 1:09:03 PM

The 6300 uses the Bulldozer (Zambezi) architecture, and the 8350 uses the Piledriver (Vishera) architecture, which is newer and better. So the difference is not just in number of cores and clock speed, but also in a better architecture. The AMD FX 8320 is $40 cheaper than the 8350, has a lower clock speed, but still packs 8 cores and the better Piledriver architecture. It is also unlocked for an overclock. That is likely your best choice.

Edit: Actually I'm wrong about the difference in architecture. Somehow I got confused. The 6300 also uses the Piledriver architecture. So, the 8320 may still be worth the difference in price to get you to 8 cores.
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July 8, 2013 1:18:21 PM

yeah its like $45 cheaper so i guess that ill go with that... but how would a phenom II X4 965 compare to it in gaming?
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July 8, 2013 1:41:59 PM

yeah... i should just go with the 8320. thanks for all of your help.
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July 8, 2013 1:47:54 PM

You're welcome. Be sure to post back once you've built your system and have played some games. Also, feel free to select one of my answers as 'best solution' if you found it helpful.
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July 9, 2013 11:22:41 AM

hey, i just noticed that a 6300 is another $40 cheaper, and the only noticeable difference is two less cores. Should i go for it?
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July 9, 2013 12:13:41 PM

well since all im really going to be doing is gaming ill go with the 6300. but some people say its not really a hexa core, because it has three moduels which are two cores sharing the same resources. is there a difference in performance because of this?
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