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Upgrading PC, Questions About FX-6300

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September 10, 2013 4:56:25 AM

First of all, I'm sorry if my grammar is bad, you may find it incomprehensible so feel free to ask if my questions are unclear.

Don't get me wrong, i've been done some research about AMD FX-6300. I'm more or less understand that this processor is not a 'true' 6-core. Instead, it consists of 3 modules, each with a pair of core with shared resources. And my questions are :

1. In Crysis 2 configuration file, it's written that
Total number of logical processors: 6
Number of available logical processors: 6
Total number of system cores: 3
Number of cores available to process: 3
would that mean that Crysis 2 only takes 3 cores instead of 6? or is the 'system cores' and 'cores available to process' refer to the modules instead of cores so that the game actually utilize all 6 cores?

2. Similarly, in windows system information it's written that AMD FX-6300 has 3 cores and 6 logical processors. My question for this is the same as question number 1, would windows only use 3 cores instead of 6? or is the 'core' refers to the module that windows actually utilizes all 6 cores?

3. I'm planning to upgrade either my processor or my GPU. Which would be better? replacing my FX-6300 with FX-8350 or Radeon HD 7770 with GTX 660? My budget here is very limited so don't tell me to get HD 7870 or GTX 660 Ti
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September 10, 2013 5:08:16 AM

Cant tell you something about crysis, but Windows defenetly uses all the cores. Also upgrade your videocard, hd7770 is pretty lowend and your fx6300 is decent enough to keep up with the gtx660
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September 10, 2013 5:17:37 AM

Upgrade your graphics card. Get an HD 7950 because it can be found for around the same price as the GTX 660 and it's a lot better. At least in the US this is true. Depending on where you live prices might differ significantly. Your CPU is fine. No need to worry about it for now. The FX 6300 is a true 6 core processor. All 6 cores are really there but they work differently than traditional cores. Windows uses all 6 cores and so does Crysis 3 which actually benefits from the extra cores. You should know that already sense you have done your research.
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September 10, 2013 5:36:33 AM

upgrade gpu
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September 10, 2013 5:41:35 AM

theonerm2 said:
Upgrade your graphics card. Get an HD 7950 because it can be found for around the same price as the GTX 660 and it's a lot better. At least in the US this is true. Depending on where you live prices might differ significantly. Your CPU is fine. No need to worry about it for now. The FX 6300 is a true 6 core processor. All 6 cores are really there but they work differently than traditional cores. Windows uses all 6 cores and so does Crysis 3 which actually benefits from the extra cores. You should know that already sense you have done your research.

I did some googling about the price in my country and you are right! Powercolor HD 7950 is a bit cheaper than MSI GTX 660 which i'm about to get. Thanks! gonna grab that 7950 instead. Also, a nice and clear explanation. I now understand everything! Thanks alot! :D 
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