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November 30, 2013 5:35:46 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm considering an upgrade to my current PC, which consists of:
CPU: AMD Phenom x4 965 black edition
MB: An Asrock 970 Pro3
GPU: EVGA GTX 660

I'm quite content with these parts for now as they still run most games on high at 1080p. However, I recently decided to upgrade my case from the unbranded rather ugly one I have now. I'm either going with a NZXT H230 or define r4. Because I'm upgrading the case I figured it would be an Ideal time to upgrade my other components are there any CPUs that gain significant performance over my current one for around £120 (don't mind different sockets as I will buy a new MB with it.)
November 30, 2013 5:57:24 AM

define significant... an fx6300/8320 will give you more cores and higher overclock potential... the 965be tends to cap out somewhere between 3.8ghz and 4.0ghz, at 4.0ghz it's about as fast as a 6300/8320 in single core tasks clocked to 4.4/4.5ghz... and most of those can hit those clocks on stock voltage. So in single core stuff a piledriver will be a bit faster... and the 6300 would give you 2 more cores, while the 8320 will give you 4 more cores.

so while in single core tasks and games you might not notice a huge jump in performance. you should see a pretty significant boost in multithreaded apps if only because of the extra cores.

I'm sorta in the same boat, i've got the same cpu and i'm on the edge on whether to get an fx 6300/8320 or save up for something else. I know the performance boost is there i'm just not sure it's a big enough boost to be worth the $$ spent.
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November 30, 2013 6:02:18 AM

ingtar33 said:
define significant... an fx6300/8320 will give you more cores and higher overclock potential... the 965be tends to cap out somewhere between 3.8ghz and 4.0ghz, at 4.0ghz it's about as fast as a 6300/8320 in single core tasks clocked to 4.4/4.5ghz... and most of those can hit those clocks on stock voltage. So in single core stuff a piledriver will be a bit faster... and the 6300 would give you 2 more cores, while the 8320 will give you 4 more cores.

so while in single core tasks and games you might not notice a huge jump in performance. you should see a pretty significant boost in multithreaded apps if only because of the extra cores.

I'm sorta in the same boat, i've got the same cpu and i'm on the edge on whether to get an fx 6300/8320 or save up for something else. I know the performance boost is there i'm just not sure it's a big enough boost to be worth the $$ spent.


Sorry for being vague about the significant bit. This PC is primarily used for gaming and nothing else intensive, so I'm looking to make it perform better in games such as BF4, Crysis 3 and titianfall when it comes out. I could go with a GPU upgrade, but right now the GPU is fine and I plan to upgrade that in spring closer to the titanfall relase.
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November 30, 2013 6:06:34 AM

well if you want to upgrade your cpu i would get an fx 8350 it would future proof your system and your card is great ! so yes there is no need to upgrade your card, im getting an fx8350 soon and getting rid of this FX4100 overclocked to 4.1ghz to be honest it's not a bad cpu considering it's the lowest of low on the FX line.
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November 30, 2013 6:25:29 AM

SlippySnowman said:
ingtar33 said:
define significant... an fx6300/8320 will give you more cores and higher overclock potential... the 965be tends to cap out somewhere between 3.8ghz and 4.0ghz, at 4.0ghz it's about as fast as a 6300/8320 in single core tasks clocked to 4.4/4.5ghz... and most of those can hit those clocks on stock voltage. So in single core stuff a piledriver will be a bit faster... and the 6300 would give you 2 more cores, while the 8320 will give you 4 more cores.

so while in single core tasks and games you might not notice a huge jump in performance. you should see a pretty significant boost in multithreaded apps if only because of the extra cores.

I'm sorta in the same boat, i've got the same cpu and i'm on the edge on whether to get an fx 6300/8320 or save up for something else. I know the performance boost is there i'm just not sure it's a big enough boost to be worth the $$ spent.


Sorry for being vague about the significant bit. This PC is primarily used for gaming and nothing else intensive, so I'm looking to make it perform better in games such as BF4, Crysis 3 and titianfall when it comes out. I could go with a GPU upgrade, but right now the GPU is fine and I plan to upgrade that in spring closer to the titanfall relase.


then i'd get an 8320... it should be a nice bump in performance for you.
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