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August 19, 2014 2:03:17 PM

Hello, I am building my first computer and am having trouble deciding on a CPU. Should I go with the AMD FX-6300, 6350, 8320, or 8350? No, I cannot afford an Intel Processor. The GPU I will be using is the Sapphire Radeon R9-280x and the motherboard I chose is the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0.
I will be using 8GB (2x4) of G-Skill Ripjaws X.

Prices
6300 = $120
6350 = $135
8320 = $150
8350 = $180

I am leaning towards the 6350 and here's why.

1) If I were to purchase the 6300 I would also have to purchase an aftermarket CPU cooling fan which would run me $30. The 6350 is an overclocked 6300 for only $15 more.

2) The 6350 has better single core performance than the 8320. Yes, the 8320 has more cores but to my knowledge hardly any games utilize 8 cores. If this is true doesn't this mean a game that utilizes 6 cores or less would have better performance with the 6350 than the 8320 since the 6350 has better single core performance?

3) I chose the 6350 over the 8350 for the same reasons as the 8320. The 6350 has the same single core performance but is $45 more expensive.

So basically I'm just hoping to find out if the 6350 is the right choice and if my reasoning behind choosing it is true.

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August 19, 2014 2:25:07 PM

The thing is that the 6350 is just an overclocked 6300. It's why it'd perform better in single thread compared to the 8320. Investing in a 30$ aftermarket fan wouldn't really do too much anyways, because if you're thinking about investing in that aftermarket cooler for the 6300 you might as well do it for the fx 6350 also. The m5a97 LE r2.0 isn't a board that is one to be overclocking too much on anyways. The coverage of heatsinks isn't really there to keep some parts cool. You'd be better off with a 6300 and if you do want to overclock, maybe just keep the stock heat sink and overclock like a 100-200Mhz maybe.
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August 19, 2014 2:27:54 PM

I would buy the 6300 if I were you, you can get it for less than 120$ on newegg and it turbo clocks to 4.1 then with the savings you get, why not buy a cheap aftermarket cpu cooler? The amd stock coolers are rather garbage from my understanding.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 19, 2014 2:35:50 PM

Rybo said:
I would buy the 6300 if I were you, you can get it for less than 120$ on newegg and it turbo clocks to 4.1 then with the savings you get, why not buy a cheap aftermarket cpu cooler? The amd stock coolers are rather garbage from my understanding.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Doesn't the 6350 come with an aftermarket CPU cooler?
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August 19, 2014 2:46:03 PM

The 6350's cooler is slightly different yes, but I would still suggest buying the 6300 as its basically 20$ cheaper for the same cpu(basically) except its not factory OC, and it's boost clock is faster than the 6350.
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