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fx6300 OC, mobo vs i5 3470, budget mobo

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November 14, 2013 8:39:09 PM

What will get better performance/value. Going with a fx6300 and a board with decent OC capabilities such as an asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 or to go with an i5 3470 and a budget board.
November 14, 2013 9:16:28 PM

Hands down, the 6300. It has much better price/performance, is better at multitasking and the Board is better overall (AMD is a cheaper business :p )
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November 14, 2013 9:21:59 PM

i5 3470 is way ahead of the FX 6300 when it comes to performance. So I would suggest you to go for the i5.

It is way more powerful than the FX 6300.

Even an overclocked 6300 would not match the i5. So go for the i5. That is where my vote goes.

Also are you planning a new build and if yes, then what is your budget for the build? Also what GPU are you pairing it with?
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November 14, 2013 9:22:07 PM

the 3470 has slightly better performance when using 4 threads, vs the fx-6300 using 6 threads. Not everything uses 6 threads, so single thread performance is important too, so the 3470 is better in that case. However, you won't be able to o/c like the fx which is unlocked. The 3470 uses less power.
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November 14, 2013 9:27:20 PM

leeb2013 said:
the 3470 has slightly better performance when using 4 threads, vs the fx-6300 using 6 threads. Not everything uses 6 threads, so single thread performance is important too, so the 3470 is better in that case. However, you won't be able to o/c like the fx which is unlocked. The 3470 uses less power.


This is true, I rest my case. I guess my overall AMD experience got the best of me. Go for the 3470
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November 14, 2013 9:36:21 PM

I don't have a hard budget, but I've been spending the last month or so casually looking through the current available hardware to decide what to build.

I'm going to be using my old computer case, PSU, HDD, Optical, and a PCIe x1 wireless adapter. I only note the wireless adapter because I have seen one ATX board that didn't have the ability to place wireless and GPU. PSU is a Corsair TX 750W and is about 5 years used.

The problem I've found with putting together a budget build, is that while the AMD chips seem to be able to OC well, a more expensive board is needed. And so my current thinking is to go with either a FX 6300 and OC it or to go with a 3470 and not OC.

I'm looking to spend around $500-600 for GPU, CPU, Mobo, RAM. But like I said, I don't have a hard budget. GPU will probably be a ColorPower 7950, ColorPower has two 7950s and one is a decent price right now, $215 after rebate.

So the questions are kind of, which combination of CPU+Board will get me better price/performance. FX6300 is about $70 cheaper than a i5 3470, but I think it would need a more expensive mobo than if I went with a I5 3470. So I guess I'm looking for ideas.

edit:I also have another thread open with a potential build if anyone wants to look. Topic is pretty similar to this thread.
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1882093/500-600-...
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November 14, 2013 10:03:32 PM

Okay, so I have three options for you :

I would recommend the 2nd or 3rd more, but feel free to choose whatever you like more.

Note : You would need to add a CPU cooler to the 1st and 2nd build to be able to overclock.

1. (~$600) i5 4670k + 7950 + 8GB RAM(The best of both worlds)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($195.66 @ Newegg)
Total: $596.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-15 00:54 EST-0500)



2. (~$660) i5 4670k + 7970 +8GB RAM (Even more powerful than the 7950)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $660.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-15 00:51 EST-0500)


3. (~$570) (Overclocking Ready with nice cooler) FX 6300 + Awesome Asus board + 7970 +8GB RAM (Even more powerful than the 7950)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $577.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-15 01:00 EST-0500)
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November 15, 2013 12:14:39 AM

Your are some nice suggestions and originally I did actually want to use a 4670k. Maybe I'll revisit the idea.

HD 7970s are quite noisy GPUs, are PowerColor 7970 known to be more quiet than other 7970s?

Also, I've read fx6300 has lower max temp than i5. It's quite rare but it has been the case before and may in the future that ambient temps will be over 40c. Would something like a 212 EVO keep a fx6300 less than 20c over ambient.
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November 15, 2013 12:20:06 AM

The cards with the custom coolers are always quieter than the reference model. So chill.. the noises are going to be under control.

As for the temperatures, the 4670k runs hot. So does the FX 6300. They are about the same when it comes to the temperatures.

But you need not worry, because the CPU cooler is a very capable one. The Hyper 212 EVO is very cool and is fairly quiet. So seriously, there are no temperature issues with this build.

I hope this helps. Is there anything more you need to know?
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November 15, 2013 1:51:47 AM

I think you've done well thanks for the help. My only issue now is that my current system is unstable and all the sales haven't started yet.
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November 15, 2013 6:14:47 AM

Which one of them did you picked?
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November 15, 2013 7:06:34 AM

One of the first two, prices for both GPU seem pretty good. The $400 build in your signature looks nice as well.
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November 16, 2013 9:03:12 AM

The prices have changed a bit so the build in my signature needs to be updated. Infact I think I should do that right now. Thanks for reminding me about that.
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