My current processor is a Phenom II x4 980 BE which I am currently using with my Radeon HD 7970. I feel as if my CPU isn't able to quite handle the newer CPU intensive games or it simply doesn't pair well with my GPU. I've been thinking about upgrading to the FX-6350 ($120) for a while now, but recently I've been seeing some people saying that the FX-8350 ($200) is better for gaming.
I only use MAINLY for gaming! So I want the BEST for gaming! Thanks.
8GB DDR3 Ram
Phenom II x4 980 BE Processor (with a COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Heatsink)
Radeon HD 7970 GPU
it's better for gaming purely for the 2 extra cores/threads the fx 8350 carries, nothing more nothing less really, they are pretty much the same in terms of processing power cores aside.
That being said, why not get the FX 8320? It has those 2 extra cores for help in multiplayer games, and costs not much more than the FX 6350, and much less than the FX 8350
Also, why no OC? You have all the proper tools to do it, a 990 chipset mobo and an after-market cooler
I am still new to OC, I might OC the CPU just a little but I still have the fear of breaking the CPU that I paid a lot of money for IF i got the FX-8320 and OC close (if not the same as) the FX-8350 would the temperature be different than the FX-8350 its self?
it wouldn't, the FX 8350 is essentially a FX 8320 with a factory overclock, so a FX 8320 @ 4Ghz is the exact same processor as FX 8350 @ stock, so it's temperatures and power usage would be the identical also.
as for the overclocking itself, it can be a bit daunting at first, but it's all in the procedure, there are many helpful guides on sites like this one and overclock.net and such
neither!!! get an fx 8320 and overclock it to 4 ghz and it is an fx 8350, overclock it to 4.5 ghz and here you go with you fx 9370
If you are really serious about not overclocking, get the beast (fx 8350)... if your main concern is whether 6 cores or 8 cores, the Interesting part is that Unreal Engine 4 is said to enjoy up to 8 cores, the new Capcom engine which is written for the next gen consoles is optimized for multi core cpus upto 8 cores, the new UBISOFT engine which will be used in watch dogs is heavily threaded http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=4546&ga... , also look at crysis 3 benchmark here, http://www.pcgameshardware.de/Crysis-3-PC-235317/Tests/... you see the difference between these 2... so I'd say go with the 8 core, you wanna spend, a little more won't do any harm
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