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Will my Athlon ii x4 630 bottleneck my 7950?

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August 23, 2013 4:47:53 PM

I'm stuck with an AM3 mobo, and am trying to stay on a budget after a long needed GPU upgrade, so I really don't want to have to spend another $70-100 on a new mobo to then upgrade my CPU as well. I've seen some Phenom x4s on ebay going for around $70... but will it be worth it? Really having a hard time deciding here, any help is appreciated!
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August 23, 2013 4:57:21 PM

Yes, it will bottleneck it. The performance upgrade from athlon 2 x4 to phenom 2 x4 isn't worth the 70 bucks. I'd just grab a 7850 or something then upgrade what you can if you can. If not pocket the change.
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August 23, 2013 5:00:57 PM

mouse24 said:
Yes, it will bottleneck it. The performance upgrade from athlon 2 x4 to phenom 2 x4 isn't worth the 70 bucks. I'd just grab a 7850 or something then upgrade what you can if you can. If not pocket the change.


I've already ordered the 7950, what would you say would be a worthwhile purchase? Would an fx-6300 be fine? Trying to stick with AMD here. Thanks for the help
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August 23, 2013 5:06:39 PM

An FX-6300 is a great buy right now, though for a bit more the 8320 is a great buy as well. the 6300 would be a huge step up from your athlon, which you could probably get $50-$70 for on ebay from what i'm seeing. A Phenom II would be much better as well since it actually has L3 cache, but if you can afford a 6300, they're great (i love mine)
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August 23, 2013 5:07:57 PM

Jaxem said:
An FX-6300 is a great buy right now, though for a bit more the 8320 is a great buy as well. the 6300 would be a huge step up from your athlon, which you could probably get $50-$70 for on ebay from what i'm seeing. A Phenom II would be much better as well since it actually has L3 cache, but if you can afford a 6300, they're great (i love mine)


Awesome, thanks a lot!
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August 23, 2013 5:31:11 PM

Its all about what you want. A FX6300 would be fine but an FX8320 would perform better. An i5 even better than that. (assuming strictly gaming)

Pay what you want, get the performance that you want to pay for. I'd say an fx 6300 might be worth it if you had the mobo required for it. Though without it its probably gonna be a bit pricey.
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