FX-6300 vs FX-8320

Between these two, what would be better for gaming/all around use and would be more 'future proof'.

With the money I save from the FX-6300, I could buy a GTX 650Ti (or an R9 270x).

While with the FX-8320, I would have to settle with a gtx 650 and upgrade later - but, I wouldn't have to worry about upgrading the cpu (that is assuming the 8320 out performs the 6300)

*My current resolution is 1440x900
*I also won't be overclocking (and if i do, it'll probably be slightly through the BIOS)
*I will mostly be playing fps games (battlefield 4 and stuff like that)
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  1. The FX 6300 + GTX 650ti boost or HD 7850 would be much better than the FX 8320 + GTX 650 or HD 7750/7770
  2. Gaming is 80% GPU so you should buy a more expensive GPU. The Fx-8320 has 2 cores and 2 threads more than the FX-6300. If you're not playing CPU intensive games, the FX-6300 would be good enough.

    I could recommend you some parts provided you tell me where you live and what your budget is.
  3. definitely the FX-6300. the FX-8320 actually has worse performance because its clocks are lower and most games can't utilize 8 cores
  4. airplanegeek said:
    definitely the FX-6300. the FX-8320 actually has worse performance because its clocks are lower and most games can't utilize 8 cores


    I disagree with you. Clock speeds are not the most important factor.
  5. It will be a LONG time before 6 cores is not enough for gaming and 8 cores will be the minimum. If gaming is the only concern, the 6300 is great. That $40 can go to a good aftermarket cpu cooler or make the difference between a GTX 660 and a GTX 660ti
  6. if a game can't use more than 4 cores then 6 higher speed cores will be better than 8 lower speed cores since the # of cores will know make no difference
  7. CTurbo said:
    It will be a LONG time before 6 cores is not enough for gaming and 8 cores will be the minimum. If gaming is the only concern, the 6300 is great. That $40 can go to a good aftermarket cpu cooler or make the difference between a GTX 660 and a GTX 660ti


    its not a good idea to get a 660 ti. too overpriced. a gtx 760 or hd 7950 will be better
  8. Quote:
    its not a good idea to get a 660 ti. too overpriced. a gtx 760 or hd 7950 will be better

    They do go on sale from time to time. My lil bro got his for under $200 AFTER tax and shipping.
  9. still though, the R9-280x is so much better than the 270x that is will beat the difference from the 6 to 8 core
  10. IRONBATMAN said:
    Gaming is 80% GPU so you should buy a more expensive GPU. The Fx-8320 has 2 cores and 2 threads more than the FX-6300. If you're not playing CPU intensive games, the FX-6300 would be good enough.

    I could recommend you some parts provided you tell me where you live and what your budget is.


    I have a budget of around $800 but I will not be building this machine myself. I have to buy from cyberpower. I know that I'm MAJORLY screwing myself over from buying a custom pre-built, but i've been pleading with my parents for months to let me do it and they simply won't let me (regardless of how much we save/how easy it is - they think I'll break something, but I have no prior experience in building PC's so I dont blame them lol).

    My specs anyways are :
    CASE - corsair Carbide 300r
    CPU - FX-6300 (heavily leaning towards that)
    COOLING - Asetek 510LC
    MOBO - ASUS M5A97
    RAM - 8GB DDR3 1866
    CPU - GTX 650ti or r9 270x - but i heard this runs loud and hot :(
    PSU - Corsair cx500 500w 80plus bronze
    HDD - 1tb standard
    os - windows 7 or 8.1 (haven't decided)

    I'm gonna be getting a pc soon - either late december or early/mid January) so it's pretty set in stone. This probably doesn't help (I really wish i could build my own and save) but here ya go...
  11. the r9-270x is so much better than the 650 ti, and it won't be that loud or hot
  12. bouncedk said:
    necyht said:
    With the money I save from the FX-6300, I could buy a GTX 650Ti (or an R9 280x).
    The 280X is a fantastic card for above 1080p but with a resolution of 1440x900 you could settle for an R9 270X. If you upgrade to 1080p later on it can handle that as well, maxed out in most games mind you. I have one and it's an awesome card.

    necyht said:
    I will mostly be playing fps games (battlefield 4 and stuff like that)

    Battlefield 4 loves an 8 core, even more when Mantle rolls out.
    There's quite a difference between the FX-63 and FX-83 when it comes to Battlefield 4. If you're into gameplay recording/streaming, an 8 core is also the way to go.

    R9 270X + FX-8320 is what I would recommend based on your facts.



    sorry for the typo I meant r9 270x.

    Battlefield will be a prime thing for my gaming so thats good, but how well will the fx-8320 fare in other major titles?
  13. in most other titles is will have no difference
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