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July 26, 2013 6:23:37 AM

Well, I'm upgrading the CPU on my Windows PC to hold me over until I get a new computer entirely. I'm comparing the following...

Get a new mobo ($55 gigabyte board [5 star ratings, and I love gigabyte]) and then get a FX-6300

or just get a Phenom II X4 965

What do you guys think?

(I'm using it for fairly light gaming...Minecraft, PlanetSide 2, maybe a little RealRacing...that kinda stuff.)
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July 26, 2013 6:31:17 AM

well if you are doing light gaming then you should get the phenom, no reason to get a 120$ cpu. but you will also need a good Gfx card as phenom or FX don't have built in GPU meaning you can't even see windows's let alone play games.

a good cheap GfX card like radeon HD 6570 or a little more powerful HD 6670 should fill your need's
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July 26, 2013 6:32:35 AM

Here is a direct comparison of performance (right here on Tom's Forums):

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/cpu-charts-2012/comp...[5946]=on&prod[5802]=on

The cost difference is minimal, as is performance in some cases. The FX-6300 is the stronger of the two overall.

I would recommend the newer tech in this regard and would suggest going with the FX-6300.
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July 26, 2013 6:32:43 AM

In the benchmarks I've seen, the fx6300 beats a Phenom II 980 by 1 - 2 FPS in most games. Granted, the 980 is clocked 100mhz faster than a 965, so the difference will be slightly greater. So, is 2 FPS worth 80 dollars more? I don't think so. Reference this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-fr...

Although, one solution might be to spend more on a motherboard now, and get a 990fx chipset motherboard, then the 6300. When you upgrade your pc again, you'll already have a motherboard that'll accept the latest offering from Amd, and you can toss in their fastest octa-core Cpu. The next generation of Amd chips will be based on the AM3+ socket.
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July 26, 2013 6:48:33 AM

Swordkd said:
In the benchmarks I've seen, the fx6300 beats a Phenom II 980 by 1 - 2 FPS in most games. Granted, the 980 is clocked 100mhz faster than a 965, so the difference will be slightly greater. So, is 2 FPS worth 80 dollars more? I don't think so. Reference this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-fr...

Although, one solution might be to spend more on a motherboard now, and get a 990fx chipset motherboard, then the 6300. When you upgrade your pc again, you'll already have a motherboard that'll accept the latest offering from Amd, and you can toss in their fastest octa-core Cpu. The next generation of Amd chips will be based on the AM3+ socket.


not sure where you see a $80 difference. a new 965 is 105 bucks on amazon you can get the 6300 for 120.

IMO newer technology is better, remember the 6300 is a 95w tdp vs a 145w 965 so the 6300 will be faster and will run cooler esp when overclocking


also most multiplayer benchmarks ive seen the 6300 beats the 965 by about 3-5 fps, thats not a whole lot but for 10 dollars more why not get the 6300
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/AMD-Phenom-II-X4-965-vs-AMD-FX-...
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July 26, 2013 6:56:23 AM

So I should just stick with the Phenom and save myself the extra $$$ and not upgrade my motherboard?
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July 26, 2013 7:00:22 AM

Get the 6300 and overclock it. I went from a 940 to a 6100 and am definitely happy with the upgrade. The good thing about the 6100/6300 is that they are 95 watt tdp which means heat is low which means with any descent aftermarket cooler you should easily be able to overclock it. I've run my 6100 at 4ghz since the week I got it more than a year ago with no issues. I also agree with one of the previous suggestions, spend more on your motherboard now and you'll have an upgrade path later on. AMD is most likely to release one more generation of processors that fit the AM3+ socket.
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July 26, 2013 6:18:07 PM

06yfz450ridr said:
Swordkd said:
In the benchmarks I've seen, the fx6300 beats a Phenom II 980 by 1 - 2 FPS in most games. Granted, the 980 is clocked 100mhz faster than a 965, so the difference will be slightly greater. So, is 2 FPS worth 80 dollars more? I don't think so. Reference this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-fr...

Although, one solution might be to spend more on a motherboard now, and get a 990fx chipset motherboard, then the 6300. When you upgrade your pc again, you'll already have a motherboard that'll accept the latest offering from Amd, and you can toss in their fastest octa-core Cpu. The next generation of Amd chips will be based on the AM3+ socket.


not sure where you see a $80 difference. a new 965 is 105 bucks on amazon you can get the 6300 for 120.

IMO newer technology is better, remember the 6300 is a 95w tdp vs a 145w 965 so the 6300 will be faster and will run cooler esp when overclocking


also most multiplayer benchmarks ive seen the 6300 beats the 965 by about 3-5 fps, thats not a whole lot but for 10 dollars more why not get the 6300
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/AMD-Phenom-II-X4-965-vs-AMD-FX-...


"Get a new mobo ($55 gigabyte board [5 star ratings, and I love gigabyte]) and then get a FX-6300

or just get a Phenom II X4 965"
55 dollar motherboard plus 120 dollar Cpu = 175.

Or, 95 dollar Cpu. 80 dollars difference.
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