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March 13, 2014 2:25:32 AM

I've been looking around for the past week trying to figure out what to buy for a gaming pc. I am pretty sure I will be using a R9-270x, but I'm not sure what processor I should get.

I understand that the 8320 doesn't perform to much better than the 6300 with current games not utilizing more cores. Since the next gen consoles are out now it makes sense to me that game developers will start to utilize more cores considering that those both have 8 core processors.

So my question here is that in about a year, when we start to see this change from the developers, will the 8320 be better for gaming? or will the 6300 still remain a better buy? If more cores start being utilized will an intel i5 still be better for gaming?

My reason for is asking is because this will effect what I buy. If the 8320 is a better buy then I will go with this and upgrade it later. http:// If not then I will go with a 6300 and pay a little more all at once.

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March 13, 2014 3:06:59 AM

I suggest you go with the 8320 and a decent motherboard. The 8320 does infact perform quite a bit better than the 6300, its not all about cores. An i5 currently still outperforms both in all games but only time will see which one will be better in the future.
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March 13, 2014 4:24:01 AM

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I suggest you go with the 8320 and a decent motherboard. The 8320 does infact perform quite a bit better than the 6300, its not all about cores. An i5 currently still outperforms both in all games but only time will see which one will be better in the future.
How much will a motherboard impact the performance?

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March 13, 2014 4:37:49 AM

The fx 8320 is simply a fx 6300 with another module(6300 have 3 modules 8320 have 4), so in theory(remember that performance doesn't scale perfect with more cores) you will be looking at 20% performance increase in heavy application utilizing all the cores.

With the FX line the motherboard is deadly important, you wont cheap out in it.
A good motherboard can give your CPU much better overclocking ability.
A good motherboard would be Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
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March 13, 2014 4:45:13 AM

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The fx 8320 is simply a fx 6300 with another module(6300 have 3 modules 8320 have 4), so in theory(remember that performance doesn't scale perfect with more cores) you will be looking at 20% performance increase in heavy application utilizing all the cores.

With the FX line the motherboard is deadly important, you wont cheap out in it.
A good motherboard can give your CPU much better overclocking ability.
A good motherboard would be Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)


Thank you for your help so far! Could you explain what makes this a good motherboard for overclocking that cpu? I would prefer something cheaper if at all possible. The one I was looking at was actually this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 13, 2014 5:22:04 AM

Chipset, cooling stabler power delivery and much much more.
I wont recommend going so cheap with the fx 8320, as it can cause the system to be unstable.

Then get the fx 6300 with a better motherboard and a decent CPU cooler and you should be set.
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March 13, 2014 5:42:58 AM

I have an fx 8320 with a 970 chipset like that. It overclocks good and it's stable.
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March 13, 2014 5:48:53 AM

And I use my toaster as a refrigerator.
Jokes aside, I'm not saying you cannot get a stable overclock with a 970 chipset.
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March 13, 2014 5:56:59 AM

Vortex_Incarnate said:
H4X3R said:
I suggest you go with the 8320 and a decent motherboard. The 8320 does infact perform quite a bit better than the 6300, its not all about cores. An i5 currently still outperforms both in all games but only time will see which one will be better in the future.
How much will a motherboard impact the performance?


Not at all. Maybe like 1 fps or so. I suggest you get a motherboard with USB3 though.
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March 13, 2014 8:06:52 AM

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If you want to really overclock with a 970 chipset, you get a 970a-UD3P.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/421052/GA-970A-UD3P_...

That Biostar board would be ok if you only intend to overclock to FX 8350 speeds.


Is there a difference between the 970a-UD3P and 970a-UD3?
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March 13, 2014 8:18:13 AM

The UD3P is a newer model. The UD3 is a good board, too, but may require a bios update.
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March 13, 2014 8:24:33 AM

logainofhades said:
The UD3P is a newer model. The UD3 is a good board, too, but may require a bios update.


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Minor differences in heat sink design and maybe a couple of other things I think. A good 970 board.
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March 13, 2014 11:11:26 AM

Thank you for the replies everybody.

So can anybody explain to me what I should look for in a good motherboard? I do plan to overclock but probably only to 8350 speeds for now.
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March 13, 2014 11:16:03 AM

970a-UD3P if you only want a single graphics card, 990fxa-ud3 if you want SLI/Crossfire capability. If you plan on overclocking past FX 8350 speeds at all, those would be the two choices I would recommend. You start getting more expensive on the board, you may as well just go get a locked haswell i5 and H87pro4 or z87 extreme3 for SLI/CF.
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