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X4 965 BE, FX-6300 or i5-3570k?

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November 13, 2012 8:21:06 PM

I can get the X4 for $90, the FX-6300 for $140 and the i5 for $230. Disregarding power consumption and mobo cost which one is the best for the money? I will be doing gaming, video editing and encoding. Any help would be awesome.

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November 13, 2012 8:59:34 PM

All three of your stated tasks will be fastest on the i5, but of course it is the most money.

What video card do you have? I would say if you are buying a video card, too, then 6300+ better video card beats i5.

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November 13, 2012 10:24:03 PM

Video editing and encoding justify the i5 in my opinion. The FX 6300 is also a solid choice for video but for gaming the Phenom II is just as good if not better. It really depends on what programs you are using.

You can play with comparisons here.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/699?vs=701
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November 13, 2012 10:40:28 PM

I own a 965be and love it, its a great budget cpu and it will do 4ghz. I would though go big if you are rendering and editing video. Definitely go with an i5 and even an i7 if you can afford it (its worth the money in my opinion). I use Xeons and a 3770K and I love the extra threads they give for rendering. You may want to think about rendering on a graphics card too. Its much, much faster. I suggest Nvidia, anything from the 4 or 5 series (not the 6, yet).
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November 14, 2012 8:46:52 AM

thats a really good price for the x4, but also the i5 is best for every task you mentioned. What video card do you have? maybe it will bottleneck the i5 for gaming if not powerful enough and that upgrade may be poitless. the x4 is probably the best value for the $$$, followed by the i5, wouldnt even bother with an fx processor.
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November 14, 2012 10:47:56 PM

twelve25 said:
All three of your stated tasks will be fastest on the i5, but of course it is the most money.

What video card do you have? I would say if you are buying a video card, too, then 6300+ better video card beats i5.


With the extra money I'd probably get a larger SSD rather than a better video card.
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November 14, 2012 10:48:17 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
thats a really good price for the x4, but also the i5 is best for every task you mentioned. What video card do you have? maybe it will bottleneck the i5 for gaming if not powerful enough and that upgrade may be poitless. the x4 is probably the best value for the $$$, followed by the i5, wouldnt even bother with an fx processor.


I haven't bought a video card yet but I was thinking the HD7850 or GTX660. And about the FX, I was reading a review at Hardware Canucks that actually said it was really good for the money. If I get an i5 I'll only be able to get a 60 GB SSD so I am really stumped. Would the FX-6300 or the X4 bottleneck the video cards I was thinking of?
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