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Would upgrading to FX8350 from Phenom II 965BE be worth it?

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November 11, 2013 7:31:29 AM

Hello everyone. My current rig is in my signature and has served me well for a while. I have gotten to a point where I am thinking to upgrade. I would like to know if the FX8350 would be worth the upgrade? Is it a sizeable upgrade. Since the phenom is older CPU I want to get new tech that should last longer and my father is looking for a pc so I was gonna upgrade and give him my old one with an older case and other parts I had lying around. This is what I have in mind so far. I am going to reuse the PSU, GPU (for now), and Case.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20FMO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20FMO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20FMO/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($197.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $497.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-11 10:09 EST-0500)

Thank for the advice in advance. If you have other suggestion I am all ears and the budget is about 500 as shown in the above list. Also I would like to add I am not against Intel since this is an AMD build. I just was kinda sticking with them cause price and value. Oh and I will be using windows 7 if that matters. Thanks Again.
November 11, 2013 7:37:43 AM

Unless you planning on overclock the 8350 I would probably pick up the 6300 instead if you're on a budget. Even the 6300 is able to overclock to factory FX8000 series speeds. It would be worth the upgrade to the 8350, but if you do, make sure you get anaftermarket cooler too as the stock AMD one runs pretty hot (Which you do have on the list).
The Mobo is very good, It's actually the one that I use.

Everything else is fine, and the best bang for buck moneywise, so go for it, It's definitely worth it.

Good luck with your build.
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November 11, 2013 8:04:41 AM

If you plan on overclocking more than lite, grab an M5A99X Evo/Pro R2.0 instead.
Other than that, looks great and it'll perform great with a decent graphics card.
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November 11, 2013 8:27:02 AM

Yeah, I'd go with a nicer 990 board if I was you, more features and gives you that nice OC'ing headroom. I have the mobo you picked out and it's good, but it won't have the same capabilities as a 990FX for slightly more. If you're already at the top end of your budget you could just switch out to an 8320 instead of the 8350 since it's the same chip clocked lower at stock.

...I basically just echoed all the advice you've received already, lol. :D 
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November 11, 2013 11:15:07 AM

Hey sorry it took a while to respond. Thanks for all the advice. I originally had 8320 and 990fx board but thought the 8350 would just be a better chip. The 990fx was also what I was looking at so instead getting new GPU I might just give a shot at getting a second MSI 660 and going SLI. As Far as OCing the 8320 How difficult would that be? With my phenom I simply used the ASUS level up for a few extra clocks. would this be the same or is manually doing it better? Thanks for all the help.
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November 11, 2013 11:16:45 AM

Oh and Also would the SLI solution be better or just hold on a bit longer and get a better single card? sorry for all the questions.
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November 11, 2013 11:28:04 AM

The 8350 does have ever so slightly more overclocking headroom (maybe 0.1 ghz) than the 8320. Personally, I don't like the idea of crossfire/sli. Not all games support it and some get microstutter, so I personally prefer having less hassle and just using a single card, but it's up to you. OCing manually isn't difficult, many tutorials around. Planning on doing mine soon (not that I need any more speed, just for fun).
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November 11, 2013 11:42:26 AM

Okay so the 8320 is the better option if I am not afraid to try and OC. I am looking at the 990 boards from asus and they have the M5A990X EVO or the M5A990FX PRO with like a 10 dollar difference. Is the PRO worth the 10 bucks I mean it is only 10 buck so I am not that tight on funds. I also have a question about the ram there is a Low Volts version of the same Gskill ram. Does that really matter cause I can save the 10 bucks with the non Low Volts Ram? Thank you again for your help.
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November 11, 2013 11:49:28 AM

Cthomps said:
Okay so the 8320 is the better option if I am not afraid to try and OC. I am looking at the 990 boards from asus and they have the M5A990X EVO or the M5A990FX PRO with like a 10 dollar difference. Is the PRO worth the 10 bucks I mean it is only 10 buck so I am not that tight on funds. I also have a question about the ram there is a Low Volts version of the same Gskill ram. Does that really matter cause I can save the 10 bucks with the non Low Volts Ram? Thank you again for your help.


They look basically the same, except the EVO has support for RAID. Might as well go with the EVO, imo.

Here's a thread talking about the RAM:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/312251-30-voltage-n...
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November 11, 2013 1:41:26 PM

Okay thank you for your help I am going to go with the FX 8350 and 990 X Evo Board. I also am just going to grab the normal ram and see how it goes. Thanks again.
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