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November 28, 2012 10:13:06 PM

Alright so I am stuck on whether to get the AMD 8150 (8 core zambezi), or 6300 (6 core-New FX Series). On the CPU benchmarks lists I notice that the 8 core 8150 is easily the highest (and I can get this for 160 on newegg currently). But I do not need my CPU for multitasking (usually best with 8 cores) , I want my CPU to be the best for gaming. I also read somewhere that the 6300 is not 6 true cores but is 3 cores and hyperthreaded, not sure if its true but still. I think if I go with the 6300 and use that extra money to get a good aftermarket heatsink, I can overclock to get to around what an i5 would be. Again this will be mainly for gaming not multitasking. My motherboard is the the ASrock 970 Extreme 3, and my video card is the GTX 660 if giving this information helps with anything.

Edit: My current CPU is an i3 2100 dual core. Will I see a difference in gaming with any of these CPU's?

Any feedback is appreciated.
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November 29, 2012 12:17:03 AM

If you've got an i3 and want to improve gaming then upgrade to the i5-2500k or i5-3570k.

To go to AMD cpu's you would need to upgrade your motherboard too (another $100 or so). And we're not mentioning how much better the i5's are than the AMD's.
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November 29, 2012 12:18:39 AM

I've already ordered the new AMD motherboard. My old motherboard wasn't capable of supporting an i5. Also I think overclocking the 6300 would put me close to around what an i5 would be.
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November 29, 2012 12:23:43 AM

Erik90 said:
I've already ordered the new AMD motherboard. My old motherboard wasn't capable of supporting an i5. Also I think overclocking the 6300 would put me close to around what an i5 would be.

You think wrong, but it might be a little better than the i3 in some games. popatim was right about what he said.
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