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Looking for CPU upgrade - AMD FX series vs. Phenom II Black Ed. - What to buy?

Looking to upgrade from my AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor (2 Threads) CPU as I do video editing and gaming.

I found 3 I'm highly interested in for about the same price and would like to know which of the 3 would be best for my buck?:

AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core
AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core

My parts:
ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS (AM3+, AMD 760G)
x2 G.Skill DDR3 PC3-10700 (667 MHz) F3-10666CL9-4GBXL (8GB Total)
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  1. with your motherboard you could only upgrade to the phenom II i believe, you want to check the manufacturers website for the cpu compatability list.
  2. mauller07 said:
    with your motherboard you could only upgrade to the phenom II i believe, you want to check the manufacturers website for the cpu compatability list.


    Ah. Thank you for mentioning that. It seems they are compatible with my motherboard, i'd just have to update my BIOS for the FXs to work according to ASUS' page for it. The Phenom II definitely looks more favorable being less of a hassle to setup in that regard.

    However, I still do want a comparison of performance between these 3 for the price. If the performance difference is good enough in the FXs over the Phenom, I feel it'd be worth the extra work (plus the $4-5 less as well)
  3. Do you overclock? If not, definitely think about springing a few extra bucks for a 6350.

    Otherwise, I'd say hands down go for the 6300. You will be very pleased with an FX. I love my FX8350!
  4. Best answer
    dont get phenom ll 970 or 6100
    as they are outdated cpu

    buy a 6300 it would be best as it has new piledriver architecture
    pileriver structure is 35-40% better than phenom and 15-20% better than bulldozer(6100)
  5. CooLWoLF said:
    Do you overclock? If not, definitely think about springing a few extra bucks for a 6350.

    Otherwise, I'd say hands down go for the 6300. You will be very pleased with an FX. I love my FX8350!


    No I do not overclock.
  6. Sn1992-1361850 said:
    dont get phenom ll 970 or 6100
    as they are outdated cpu

    buy a 6300 it would be best as it has new piledriver architecture
    pileriver structure is 35-40% better than phenom and 15-20% better than bulldozer(6100)


    Thanks for that bit of information!
  7. get the 6300 or 6350 whatever is ur budget
  8. Get the FX6300 or 8320. Both are very good CPU's which have multiple cores. They are also both very easy to overclock to if you ever want to then you can. The FX6300 is a very good value for money CPU and performs as well as the 6350 for less (obviously when overclocked).
  9. Thanks for the insight guys. I can tell the FX6300 is more favored so I shall definitely go for that one :)
  10. Yeah ryt

    Great choice

    Have a good day
  11. if you do video editing a fx8320 may be a even better choice due to its 8 cores, since videoediting takes advantage out of additional cores
  12. guggi4 said:
    if you do video editing a fx8320 may be a even better choice due to its 8 cores, since videoediting takes advantage out of additional cores


    I shall keep that in mind when i get enough saved for my true video production/gaming rig. Although I'm planning on going with an expensive high end Intel on that one.

    This is a budget upgrade for my current computer. I only intend on upgrading the processor enough to give me a bit more performance than a dual core for as cheap as I can. However, since the 8320 is compatible with my MOBO after a BIOS update, I'll put it on my list in case i come across the extra cash to afford it.

    Thank you!
  13. To be on the safe-net for a budget do the FX series! You'll utilize more performance then the phenom. But check your motherboard compatibility before putting in a new CPU.
  14. ShadowRaidTech said:
    Looking to upgrade from my AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor (2 Threads) CPU as I do video editing and gaming.

    I found 3 I'm highly interested in for about the same price and would like to know which of the 3 would be best for my buck?:

    AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core
    AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core
    AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core

    My parts:
    ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS (AM3+, AMD 760G)
    x2 G.Skill DDR3 PC3-10700 (667 MHz) F3-10666CL9-4GBXL (8GB Total)


    i would say stay away from fx cpu's a completely, i have a phenom ll 965 black, i have brought 5 different fx cpu's that are meant to be better, and they are all rubbish. amd have slumped on all the fx series cpu's by a long shot, my 965 cpu outperformes them all, even the fx8350.
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