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FX-6300 + GTX 760 vs. FX-8320 + GTX 660 / R9 270

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April 4, 2014 10:57:23 AM

Currently upgrading my system and torn between cpus. The pc is oriented for autocad and photoshop for college, but i also game a lot, (bf4, titanfall). Also I do plan on mild overclocks on both cpu and gpu.
If I do go with the 8320, could I get a 970 chipset mobo, or nah?

build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/coolidip/saved/4fI0
for the 6300

8320: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/coolidip/saved/4gyE

More about : 6300 gtx 760 8320 gtx 660 270

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April 4, 2014 11:05:43 AM

Considering the moderate gaming, I'd go with the FX-6300 and OC it. Although it'd be best if you got both the GTX 760 AND an FX-8350. How flexible is your budget?
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April 4, 2014 11:08:15 AM

well, don't get an 8350. get an 8320 if you're going to be overclocking. If it's simply a choice between the two, the FX 6300 + 760 is better. But you can get the 8320 for about 30$ more over the 6300, so you might as well go for it, no? Also, try to get to 4.5Ghz.
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April 4, 2014 11:09:10 AM

My original budget was $1000, but both kind of went over it. They are probably the most my budget will allow.
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April 4, 2014 11:10:12 AM

Hi,
Since you will be doing some photoshop and autocad, i would suggest you to get the FX 8320
Btw i did a little revision on your FX 8320 build
-Added 990 chiset motherboard for better and more stable overclocking, plus it has out of the box Win 8.1 support. So all of your motherboard software will be working correctly
-Added R9 270X for the same price as the GTX 660
Benchmarks R9 270x VS GTX 660
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1043?vs=1039
-Added cheaper RAM, but also good as the Corsair's one
-Added cheaper PSU, still XFX is rebranded Seasonic
-Added cheaper case. Still has windowed panel as the Corsair's one, modular HDD cages, 2 fans preinstalled, sleeved cables and rubber grommets

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($151.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($0.00)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($65.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($215.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($149.00 @ Amazon)
Case Accessory: NZXT Hue LED Controller ($0.00)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard ($0.00)
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse ($0.00)
Total: $1034.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-04 14:10 EDT-0400)
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April 4, 2014 11:16:10 AM

A good 970 chipset board would be fine.
I think I'd choose the FX-8320. Your software will benefit from the additional cores, and it's easy enough to upgrade a graphics card later. The GTX660 can play games on "decent" settings (I'd expect mostly "high" or better), so you'll enjoy them.
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April 4, 2014 11:55:21 AM

The only issue I see is your power supply. 520w may hold you back if you try upgrading to a high-end video card down the line. Plus, you picked a crossfire board; you won't be crossfiring with only 520watts. With the amount of power today's parts draw, I would not put in less than a good 620w.
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April 4, 2014 11:58:01 AM

I know I picked a crossfire board, although I don't plan on crossfiring. I chose the board to overclock as much as possible on the 8320. I plan to upgrade both the psu and gpu at the same time, the psu wattage depending on the gpu.
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April 4, 2014 12:09:28 PM

CoolidIP said:
I know I picked a crossfire board, although I don't plan on crossfiring. I chose the board to overclock as much as possible on the 8320. I plan to upgrade both the psu and gpu at the same time, the psu wattage depending on the gpu.


This PSU will give you even bigger headroom if you are going to overclock and buy more power hungry GPU in the future

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...
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April 4, 2014 12:16:54 PM

You will definitely be overclocking a lot with that board. Use this guide for ASUS boards:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1348623/amd-bulldozer-and-pi...

Why not just spend a few more bucks now on the PSU? I only ask because I know in my experience changing out the PSU is just a hassle, especially if you try to keep cabling neat and clean. For $15 more you can get a 80 Bronze Plus 750watt:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
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April 4, 2014 2:36:44 PM

Yes, that would be enough. I am using an 8350 @ 4.8ghz with a R9-290 on a 700w just fine.
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April 5, 2014 2:02:12 AM

CoolidIP said:
With an oc 8320 4.5ghz and r9 280x a 650w is enough? http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1860111/psu-280x...


Yes, it will be enough. Your system at stock settings will get 350-380w while on load or gaming. FX 8350 @ 4.4ghz and Voltage of 1.32-1.35 will consume aprox. 250w. Again overclocked FX8350 is 250w and the GPU has 200-220w while gaming, so you will have total power consumption of 450-500w.
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