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October 28, 2013 8:20:25 AM

I'm looking to upgrade to an FX-8350, maybe. Right now I have a Phenom II x4 965 be (not OC'd) and a 2gb 7850. I have a 620w psu, and I remember having a bad experience putting on my phenom cpu heatsink. Would it be worth it to upgrade, and get better performance (maybe worse temps? or better?) or just wait OR overclock?

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October 28, 2013 8:24:28 AM

If you custom built why did you go with a AM3+ board?
You should have got a Intel board and got i5-3350P.

Back on subject, I think you should not even get the FX, they have not sorted out the kinks yet.
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October 28, 2013 8:43:01 AM

Tehepicford said:
If you custom built why did you go with a AM3+ board?
You should have got a Intel board and got i5-3350P.

Back on subject, I think you should not even get the FX, they have not sorted out the kinks yet.

I was on a budget. The i5 was expensive for the budget I was on. The motherboard I have, the 970a-g46 (bios version 1.10, not most recent but the update states supports for Vishera). I have read many reviews (positive) for it but I'm still not sure because of the price.
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October 28, 2013 8:54:59 AM

If your motherboard will support the 8350 you would get quite the performance boost at a good price point. I would drop an aftermarket CPU cooler on it, doesn't have to be an expensive one, to keep it cool and quiet. Depending on what your budget is and if you want to upgrade the CPU and GPU take a look at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... to find a GPU in your price range.
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October 28, 2013 1:54:43 PM

burdenbound said:
If your motherboard will support the 8350 you would get quite the performance boost at a good price point. I would drop an aftermarket CPU cooler on it, doesn't have to be an expensive one, to keep it cool and quiet. Depending on what your budget is and if you want to upgrade the CPU and GPU take a look at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... to find a GPU in your price range.

Thanks for answering! I have confirmed that my current BIOS version, 1.10, supports the Vishera CPU. Let me ask you this, would the FX-8350 bottleneck my HD 2GB 7850? I already have a 125W CPU at the moment so the power supply isn't the issue. Thanks!

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October 28, 2013 1:59:17 PM

Xexoxix said:
burdenbound said:
If your motherboard will support the 8350 you would get quite the performance boost at a good price point. I would drop an aftermarket CPU cooler on it, doesn't have to be an expensive one, to keep it cool and quiet. Depending on what your budget is and if you want to upgrade the CPU and GPU take a look at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... to find a GPU in your price range.

Thanks for answering! I have confirmed that my current BIOS version, 1.10, supports the Vishera CPU. Let me ask you this, would the FX-8350 bottleneck my HD 2GB 7850? I already have a 125W CPU at the moment so the power supply isn't the issue. Thanks!



The 8350 shouldn't bottleneck the 7850.
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October 28, 2013 2:02:22 PM

burdenbound said:
Xexoxix said:
burdenbound said:
If your motherboard will support the 8350 you would get quite the performance boost at a good price point. I would drop an aftermarket CPU cooler on it, doesn't have to be an expensive one, to keep it cool and quiet. Depending on what your budget is and if you want to upgrade the CPU and GPU take a look at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... to find a GPU in your price range.

Thanks for answering! I have confirmed that my current BIOS version, 1.10, supports the Vishera CPU. Let me ask you this, would the FX-8350 bottleneck my HD 2GB 7850? I already have a 125W CPU at the moment so the power supply isn't the issue. Thanks!



The 8350 shouldn't bottleneck the 7850.


Okay, thanks! I will be purchasing an FX-8350 from NCIX soon.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&s...

Thanks for all of your help!
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October 28, 2013 2:09:43 PM

I have a similar build. I have to say I love my 8350. It puts a 3570k to shame in everything except for gaming, in which they are about the same. As an engineering student I've found that an 8350 loves to do complex math, and loves to multitask. To answer your question: yes it bottlenecks a 7850. I would know because I have a 7850 in my rig. I don't game often though so that's not really an issue for me. a 7870 is more suited for that processor; you could also buy another 7850 and crossfire because they're so cheap right now and that would give you awesome gameplay. DO INVEST IN AN AFTERMARKET CPU COOLER. The stock cooler is okay until you put the cpu under load, then it gets hot. I have a coolermaster hyper 212 on mine and it keeps it plenty chilly. They can be a pain to get on if you're not experienced, but I actually have more trouble getting heatsinks on intel cpus.
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