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Upgrading from Phenom II x4 965 for gaming

Hi all,
I am looking to upgrade my system for games like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Xcom 2
So I was wondering what upgrade should do the job.
I do not want overclocking the CPU, it's running a bit hot as it is (55-60C gaming)
Gaming at 1080p

My specs:
Phenom II x4 965 @ 3.4 Ghz with Scythe Ninja 2 Cooler
Sapphire r9 380 2gb
8gb ram

I think my motherboard supports AM3 & AM3+ CPUs

Thanks
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  1. Which motherboard do you have? Chances are you could upgrade to an FX-6xxx or FX-8xxx series but we need to be sure.

    Are you even sure that the CPU needs to be upgraded? Is it bottlenecking?
  2. Depending what your board supports you might look at the fx 6300 or the fx 8320. I would suggest to get an aftermarket cooler however. That should cool things down so that you can overclock a bit.

    At this point really I would almost consider just getting a better cooler and overclocking you current cpu. Amd is supposed to release their zen lineup later this year so spending on amd now might be pointless considering you have the 960t. The other option would be to go Intel. It really depends on what you want to do and how much you want to spend, but with amd right now their best value seems to be when you overclock them imo.
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    at this point really I would almost consider just getting a better cooler and overclocking you current cpu. Amd is supposed to release their zen lineup later this year so spending on amd now might be pointless considering you have the 960t. The other option would be to go Intel. It really depends on what you want to do and how much you want to spend, but with amd right now their best value seems to be when you overclock them imo

    Will I see an improvement with FX 6300 ?
    *updated my specs with cooler
  4. This should give you an idea of the difference.

    http://cpuboss.com/cpus/AMD-Phenom-II-X4-Black-960T-vs-AMD-FX-6300

    I can't speak to the effectiveness of your cooler as I've never used one, this is the cooler I'm using.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-V6-GT-RR-V6GT-22PK-R1/dp/B003XNG6LI

    With my cooler I've got an overclock to 4.3ghz on my FX 6300, think I'm running multiplier at 21, 1.3 volts. Temps stay around 50 under load using Intel Burn Test. Have seen them go up to 54 during a game though, but I may have a little room left to clock more not sure though, also not sure an extra 100mhz is worth pushing the system more. But if your board supports it, that may give an idea.

    As the other guy above asked, what board do you have?
  5. I would wait for zen I've got a 955 be running at 4.3 ghz and 2 r9 380 and I can run anything maxed at 1080. unless your gaming over 1080 I wouldnt upgrade and the fx series isn't an upgrade for gaming imo. Maybe save your $$$ till later in the year
  6. Best answer
    As others have pointed out we really need to know what motherboard you have. The reason is the power phase for an 8 core processor should really be 8+2 and a lot of AM3+ boards that say they can support the 8 core processors are only 4+1. A program like CPU-Z (totally free to download) should be able to tell you what motherboard you have and is a very low impact simple program.

    If you motherboard will support it you can go to any of the 8 core processors with the FX 8370 or FX 8370E having the newest refresh of the Piledriver arch. If you do any multi-tasking, rendering, or video editing you will really notice a big performance boost with an 8 core FX processor. For gaming FX processors are very capable, however usually have better performance overclocked. If you primary goal is gaming and you really don't do anything other than gaming the best processors to look at would be the FX 6300 or FX 6350 as most games don't use over 4 cores. DX 12 games that will be releasing soon should run better on higher core count processors than DX 11 games of the current generation have.

    If you need an upgrade right now I would recommend an 8 core FX if you also do heavy multi-tasking, rendering, video editing as well as gaming- if you motherboard has 8+2 power phase. If you primary goal is gaming I would recommend the FX 6350. An upgrade to either of those processors should keep you gaming through at least the lifespan of the PS4, and thereafter you have the option of Zen or Intel counterpart.
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