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Amd phenom 965 vs Fx-4300 vs A10-58000k first build.

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November 3, 2012 1:22:34 PM

Im looking to build a new desktop. It will be used mostly for app development w/ Eclipse IDE, some video and pic editing w/ CS2 and Photoshop, and just regular home use. Im looking to somewhat future proof this a bit. I want a fast pc so im looking for quad cores over 3.4ghz or higher and w/ overclocking abilities made simple. Gaming is not a big deal for me as i only play iRacing on the pc. Ive narrowed my searches down to the AMD phenom 965 be black edition, the FX 4300, and the A10-5800k apu. Theyre all priced around the same other than the phenom w/ is cheaper, but thats not a real issue for me. Which is the processor that would work best for me?? This is my first build as well I would like to keep it under $450, i already have the tower and optical drive. Help w/ a mobo would be appreciated as well. Thanks for any help.
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November 3, 2012 1:30:49 PM

Are you planning not to buy any discrete video cards? If not then the A10-5800k is the way to go. If you are heading in to buying a discrete video card then the FX-4300 is the way to go, it can overclock quite well.
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November 3, 2012 1:40:01 PM

Future proofing is impossible with computers.

I'd suggest the cheapest. They are all good, with the A10 a lil' worse than the other two.
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November 3, 2012 1:43:53 PM

if youre not to do multi tasking, you good with a i3 intel.
but on your choices i recommend the FX and a 990fx chipset mobo.
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November 3, 2012 1:47:39 PM

the OP needs a discrete video card. just like what he said.
its for video editing and photoshops
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November 3, 2012 3:36:17 PM

Yes i plan on a video card, nothing to crazy though.
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November 3, 2012 3:51:08 PM

neemo6 said:
Yes i plan on a video card, nothing to crazy though.


What are you considering for your video card? You should consider the HD 7770 or the GTX 650 ti.
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November 3, 2012 8:24:22 PM

the denab first the 4300 second and the a10 third. the a10 i would have chosen first, but you mentioned that your going to get another video card. the a10 has actually out performed some intel i5's in non benchmark test.
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November 4, 2012 10:30:01 PM

go for the fx4300 and a decent mid end card eg,,hd7770,6870,gtx460 and youll have a killer editing machine and a nice gaming rig
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November 5, 2012 4:20:17 AM

Why not fx 6300 if its only $10 more? I would do that if i were you.
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November 5, 2012 4:36:31 AM

$450 budget is a little tough for the things you're looking to do. However, I would agree with aslator; for only $10 more, the FX-6300 will bring you significantly more performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($115.50 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $530.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 5, 2012 10:16:23 PM

What makes the 6300 better? Its rated a 3.5ghz and the 4300@3.8ghz. Just curious as im no expert by any means.
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November 5, 2012 10:19:34 PM

neemo6 said:
What makes the 6300 better? Its rated a 3.5ghz and the 4300@3.8ghz. Just curious as im no expert by any means.


Well the architecture is just a bit better but I say the difference is very little. I believe its only a few dollars for a difference but if your money is tight then just go with the FX-4300. Anyways the FX-series don't really use traditional cores so I don't think the extra two cores will be so helpful unless doing rendering.

Edit: Found some benchmarks about them, you can see not too much of a difference, for only $10 it wouldn't hurt to go get a FX-6300.
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
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November 5, 2012 10:26:18 PM

^ Just FYI, the FX-6300 and FX-4300 share the same architecture :)  It's just a matter of how many Modules they have to make up the final 'core' count :) 
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November 5, 2012 10:26:37 PM

^Apologies about the error, anyways what would you go for the FX-4300 or FX-6300?
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November 5, 2012 10:35:17 PM

No worries :) 

I would personally go for the FX-6300. It's only $10 more expensive than the FX-4300 for a bit more multi-threaded performance. Given that the stock AMD cooler will suffice for small overclocks (300Mhz is very achievable), the FX-6300 is a very attractive option.

Also, take into consideration that if you find that games work better on an FX-4300 over the FX-6300, you can always disable a Module inside BIOS to get a pseudo-FX-4300 :) 
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