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Phenom II X6 1090t-1100t

Ok I just ordered a R9 380 4gb and I'm thinking of upgrading my old Athlon II X4 620 with a used 6core phenom like 1090 or 1100 or one of the strongest 4cores like 975 and 980 and overclock as much as I can to avoid the bottleneck.

I don't think that my mobo is that bad for the job( Gigabyte GA-MA790XT ) and I also bought a new kit of 2x4gb of ram(Crucial Ballistix Sport ΧΤ 1600MHz).

How much do you think is worth spending on each used cpu at the moment?

My other option is to give almost double the money for a new i3-4170 and a H97 mobo for it's huge single thread performance and the option of upgrading to a used i5 later on when the games become even more multi core depended.

I'm strugling to find recent benchmarks to compare the i3-4170 with the phenoms in modern games btw...

Could a X6 1090t oced to 3.8GHz bottleneck the r9 380 in games like The Witcher 3 or Assassin's Creed Unity or Shadow of Mordor @ 1080p resolution and high settings?
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    1090t is an older CPU, but still a decent gaming CPU for well threaded games.

    I had an old Phenom II x6 1090T @ 4.0GHz that would fully load both of my HD 7950 GHz ed. (R9 280) in crossfire with Crysis 3 on max details except for 2x SMAA (* Tom's recommended AA mode for best performance/appearance balance). CPU would be around 90-95% usage on all 6 cores. GPUs would both be at 95-99% usage. No bottleneck, well balanced, average FPS in the 50s.
  2. I just want the new CPU to be able of letting the 380 give its 100% or close to that(very slight bottlenecking) in all occations until the end of 2016 and after that to take advantage of the multi-core depending games and Directx 12 and improve its future proofness.

    From what you said, I think a 1090t or 1100t would be by far the best VFM option for me.
    Right?
  3. 1090t, 1100t, 980 II X4, 975 II X4 Overclock are the Pinnacles of the old Phenom II line and are still somewhat decent CPU's, but they are also 5 years old and software has caught up to them. I would not expect DX12 to suddenly make them fantastic again or expect a huge leap in gaming performance because API's are still 2 years away from even fully implementing DX12. The main downside of these chips now is the price, most I see are $125+ and for that I can build around a LGA1156 and a I7 860 "O.C 4ghz" and have a faster overall setup in almost every applications.
  4. I can easily find a 1090t or a 1100t for 80-100 euros.
    I looked for the I7 860 -mobo combo and it's around 120-140 euros.
    I prefer to give just a few more money for a new i3 4170-h97 combo with the option of upgrading to a proper i5 if I'm to spend more than 100 euros and not a few less for a better processor but a futureless mobo.

    I guess I will buy a used 1090t or 1100 for now to do my job until the ZENs come out and give me more options for a proper gaming CPU.
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