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July 17, 2014 11:02:52 PM

Hey everyone. Here with a nother question, I am contemplating upgrading to a better FM2+ processor. Or if i should just make the Jump to AM3+. I understand that a new socket means a new motherboard as well. Want everyone to keep in mind also that I will be doing quite a bit of gaming. I am currently running....

ASUS A55MB-E .... motherboard
AMD A6 6400k 3.9ghz .... Processor
ASUS Radeon R7 250x ... Graphics card
8gig (2x4gig) ... RAM
1tb ... HDD

cooling with....

XSPC Raystorm ... CPU waterblock
XSPC X20 750 ... Pump/Res combo
1x 120mm ... Swiftech radiator
1/2" Primochill ... tubing.
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July 17, 2014 11:11:32 PM

AM3+ is a older socket. I'd go with a X4 750k and a better GPU.
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July 17, 2014 11:12:07 PM

If you are going to jump, make it worthwhile. Else sit on what you've got.

The A6 should be running the r7 250x OK. Would seem dumb having an i5 4690k or a FX8350 running it.

So jump up with the gpu as well. In other words - sell off what you've got when you have cash together to make a worthwhile upgrade.
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July 18, 2014 7:10:59 AM

thanks everyone. Yea the A6 runs the R7 flawlessly. but i am not planning a graphics upgrade for a while. this card does a good enough job for now. I thought the AM3+ was older but wasn't 100% thanks for making that clear. In that case i should stick with the FM2+ socket? My biggest issue is when playing Battlefield 3 my processor is running at a constant 100%. which if that's the case then i can do motherboard and CPU separate if needed. Any on the graphics real fast i do plan on upgrading to an R9 series but again case restrictions, and as of now my R7 is doing its job.
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July 18, 2014 6:57:38 PM

If you want an R9 you will have to go to AM3+ or LGA1150. Else your cpu will just bottleneck the card and it'll still seems like you've got the 250x.
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July 18, 2014 7:52:52 PM

country25strong said:
thanks everyone. Yea the A6 runs the R7 flawlessly. but i am not planning a graphics upgrade for a while. this card does a good enough job for now. I thought the AM3+ was older but wasn't 100% thanks for making that clear. In that case i should stick with the FM2+ socket? My biggest issue is when playing Battlefield 3 my processor is running at a constant 100%. which if that's the case then i can do motherboard and CPU separate if needed. Any on the graphics real fast i do plan on upgrading to an R9 series but again case restrictions, and as of now my R7 is doing its job.


You could probably sell the A6 and get the X4 750K for a 30 or so price difference. Your MB you can keep and you can probably even do some (slight) OC'ing. It should give you around 30% extra CPU performance.
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July 18, 2014 10:00:37 PM

I was also looking at the A10 6800k. I like the 4.1ghz speed over the 3.4ghz from the 750k. I am still a bit new when it comes to the acual statistics and everything. but even without the graphics, isn't 3.4 a good amount slower then the 4.1?Also what about the AMD 760K Richland Quad-Core 3.8GHz?
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July 19, 2014 11:48:37 PM

country25strong said:
I was also looking at the A10 6800k. I like the 4.1ghz speed over the 3.4ghz from the 750k. I am still a bit new when it comes to the acual statistics and everything. but even without the graphics, isn't 3.4 a good amount slower then the 4.1?Also what about the AMD 760K Richland Quad-Core 3.8GHz?


Keep in mind that these CPUs have unlocked multipliers and therefore the clock speeds don't matter much.

An APU with dedicated graphics is actually a bad thing, as the CPU can not use all of the TDP power and therefore runs slower and has higher temperatures than the equivalent non APU.

At stock, the 750K is equivalent to an A10 5800K, without graphics. When overclocked on an alright cooler, it can easily reach 4.2 GHz, if it's a really good cooler, expect 5 GHz.
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