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Hi there! I was looking to upgrade my CPU on my desktop computer. Here are my current computer specs:

Model: Gateway DX4320-19
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1035T 2.6 GHz
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5750 1024 MB
RAM: 8GB DDR3 Memory
Motherboard: AMD 880G
PSU: 300W (Not sure which model/manufacturer, going to upgrade with CPU)
All parts are stock parts and have not been replaced or upgraded.

I'm going to be upgrading my PSU to either a 500W or 600W EVGA with my CPU upgrade. I'm looking for a CPU that is $125 and under. I am going to be gaming and photo editing with Photoshop and Cinema 4D. I will also be using Adobe After Effects quite a bit.

Thank you for your help and recommendations! I appreciate it :)
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  1. i would get a FX 6350 or a FX 4350 but they are a AM3+ and you would have to upgrade your motherboard
  2. DM Gold said:
    i would get a FX 6350 or a FX 4350 but they are a AM3+ and you would have to upgrade your motherboard

    His motherboard is compatible with it I believe, its just... old
  3. NuklearMau5 said:
    Hi there! I was looking to upgrade my CPU on my desktop computer. Here are my current computer specs:

    Model: Gateway DX4320-19
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1035T 2.6 GHz
    GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5750 1024 MB
    RAM: 8GB DDR3 Memory
    Motherboard: AMD 880G
    PSU: 300W (Not sure which model/manufacturer, going to upgrade with CPU)
    All parts are stock parts and have not been replaced or upgraded.

    I'm going to be upgrading my PSU to either a 500W or 600W EVGA with my CPU upgrade. I'm looking for a CPU that is $125 and under. I am going to be gaming and photo editing with Photoshop and Cinema 4D. I will also be using Adobe After Effects quite a bit.

    Thank you for your help and recommendations! I appreciate it :)
    You could probably overclock your CPU to get the same results as a FX 6300. Also what country do you live in? If you live in the US, and near a Microcenter (Or something similar in another country) you can usually find a FX 8320 for pretty cheap. At the Microcenter near me I can get a FX 8320 for $130.
  4. Its a six core CPU, just overclock it and maybe get a GPU
  5. Steel_Nugget said:
    NuklearMau5 said:
    Hi there! I was looking to upgrade my CPU on my desktop computer. Here are my current computer specs:

    Model: Gateway DX4320-19
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1035T 2.6 GHz
    GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5750 1024 MB
    RAM: 8GB DDR3 Memory
    Motherboard: AMD 880G
    PSU: 300W (Not sure which model/manufacturer, going to upgrade with CPU)
    All parts are stock parts and have not been replaced or upgraded.

    I'm going to be upgrading my PSU to either a 500W or 600W EVGA with my CPU upgrade. I'm looking for a CPU that is $125 and under. I am going to be gaming and photo editing with Photoshop and Cinema 4D. I will also be using Adobe After Effects quite a bit.

    Thank you for your help and recommendations! I appreciate it :)
    You could probably overclock your CPU to get the same results as a FX 6300. Also what country do you live in? If you live in the US, and near a Microcenter (Or something similar in another country) you can usually find a FX 8320 for pretty cheap. At the Microcenter near me I can get a FX 8320 for $130.


    Yeah If you can get the 8320 then go for it. I think its $144 right now (outletpc)
  6. Jonathan Tyer said:
    Its a six core CPU, just overclock it and maybe get a GPU
    For example my FX 6100 @ 3.7 doesn't hold back my HD 7970 to much, and your CPU is as good as mine.
  7. No, his motherboard isn't compatible and a he can't upgrade to a FX 6300 without also upgrading his motherboard. His motherboard has an older AM3 socket for Phenom CPUs, the FX 6300 requires an AM3+ socket, not at all compatible, no idea where you got that from.

    Anyway, if he got a FX 6300 he would be massively bottlenecked GPU wise, so he should go with a decent AM3 CPU instead without having to upgrade his mobo. Upgrading to a FX 8320 is an even worse idea.

    He cannot overclock to be as good as an FX 6300, the Phenom and FX are completely different CPUs with different specs, just because they're both 6 cores doesn't mean that they will perform the same at identical clockspeeds.


    EDIT: New info
  8. moozilbee said:
    No, his motherboard isn't compatible and a he can't upgrade to a FX 6300 without also upgrading his motherboard. His motherboard has an older AM3 socket for Phenom CPUs, the FX 6300 requires an AM3+ socket, not at all compatible, no idea where you got that from.

    Anyway, if he got a FX 6300 he would be massively bottlenecked GPU wise, so he should go with a decent AM3 CPU instead without having to upgrade his mobo.

    Yeah, my bad. Read it the wrong way. An am3 will go into an am3+ not the otehr way around.
  9. Alright thank you all for your replies! What would be a good motherboard to upgrade to if I decide to go for a new FX CPU instead of another AM3 socket-compatible CPU?
  10. 970 ud3p by gigabyt 73 dolalrs i think
  11. moozilbee said:
    No, his motherboard isn't compatible and a he can't upgrade to a FX 6300 without also upgrading his motherboard. His motherboard has an older AM3 socket for Phenom CPUs, the FX 6300 requires an AM3+ socket, not at all compatible, no idea where you got that from.

    Anyway, if he got a FX 6300 he would be massively bottlenecked GPU wise, so he should go with a decent AM3 CPU instead without having to upgrade his mobo. Upgrading to a FX 8320 is an even worse idea.

    He cannot overclock to be as good as an FX 6300, the Phenom and FX are completely different CPUs with different specs, just because they're both 6 cores doesn't mean that they will perform the same at identical clockspeeds.


    EDIT: New info
    I didn't say they would get the same results at the same clock speed (I doubt that his CPU could get to 3.5 easily) but if he overclocked he would get close to FX 6300 performance (since the CPUs don't make as much of a difference in most games at least)
  12. Best answer
    He still won't be able to get the same performance, or close to the same performance, the two are very different CPUs.
    He would barely be able to overclock at all anyway, since he has a non OC motherboard, and he's using a stock cooler. Unless he upgrades his motherboard and his CPU cooler, but by then he might as well just get a better CPU.

    Anyway, you have a rather weak GPU and a okay ish CPU, so it might be a better idea to upgrade your GPU and PSU, and then upgrade the CPU and mobo later on. Whichever one you upgrade, you will be bottlenecked by the other.
  13. moozilbee said:
    He still won't be able to get the same performance, or close to the same performance, the two are very different CPUs.
    He would barely be able to overclock at all anyway, since he has a non OC motherboard, and he's using a stock cooler. Unless he upgrades his motherboard and his CPU cooler, but by then he might as well just get a better CPU.

    Anyway, you have a rather weak GPU and a okay ish CPU, so it might be a better idea to upgrade your GPU and PSU, and then upgrade the CPU and mobo later on. Whichever one you upgrade, you will be bottlenecked by the other.
    That might be right about the Mb, but I got my FX 6100 to 3.9 on the stock cooler with reasonable temps (Under 70, around 65)
  14. 65C is still quite high temp, plus you probably had a decent mobo, and the CPU fan was probably spinning a lot faster. It's just generally a bad idea to OC on a non OC mobo with a stock cooler, very best situation you're going to have high temps and shorten the life of your CPU substantially by constantly running at a high temperature even when idling.
  15. moozilbee said:
    65C is still quite high temp, plus you probably had a decent mobo, and the CPU fan was probably spinning a lot faster. It's just generally a bad idea to OC on a non OC mobo with a stock cooler, very best situation you're going to have high temps and shorten the life of your CPU substantially by constantly running at a high temperature even when idling.
    My CPU idles @ under 30 degrees, and is only at 65 when running Prime 95. It never goes above 60 while gaming.
  16. Ah I thought you meant 65C idle, that would be very bad :D

    Anyway, I still wouldn't recommend OCing more than a couple hundred MHZ with his mobo. More is possible, but it really isn't going to help you much and isn't a great idea.
    Of course it also depends on other things such as airflow, you might be able to get a decent OC with a stock cooler if you have a lot of case fans and/or really good airflow.
  17. Alright thanks moozilbee! I appreciate your help! I'll upgrade my GPU and PSU now and focus on the CPU and motherboard later on as you have said. Thanks again!

    And thank you all to whom answered me in the thread! I appreciate the help from all you guys! :)
  18. You're welcome, glad I could help :D
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