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What is the best budget cpu (up to $140) from AMD, aside from Vishera?

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December 11, 2012 3:55:53 PM

I've got 140 dollars to spend on the cpu for my first build. I don't want to go with the 6300 because bios compatibility issues make me nervous. So aside from Vishera cpus, what is the best cpu amd has to offer that provides a solid balance for gaming and multitasking? Right now I'm looking at the fx 6200. Oh, and I'd rather not overclock, at least not yet.
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December 11, 2012 4:02:26 PM

What compatibility issues? The 6300 was the first thing in my mind.
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December 11, 2012 4:11:35 PM

FinneousPJ said:
What compatibility issues? The 6300 was the first thing in my mind.


A good portion of motherboards don't come with bios 1.6 to support vishera out of the box, so whether or not my computer will actually boot up is fairly indeterminable. I don't have any other amd cpus to put in the mobo to boot it up so I'd basically have to send the board back and wait for another one. Not worth all the trouble, imo.

Any recommendations aside from vishera, though?
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December 11, 2012 5:07:23 PM

thomasd221 said:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-AMD-Phenom-II-X6-1045T-CPU-...

OC it best you can and this will be just as fast as newer CPU's, it's a beast.

Also leaves you with about $23 to get a good cooler - EG: cooler master 212.


Hmm....looks pretty good....I'd have to OC it quite a bit though and honestly, that's something I'm fairly nervous about. If I OC this to about 3.1 ghz, how will it compare to a 4.1 ghz fx 6200?
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December 11, 2012 5:18:19 PM

TheScarecrow97 said:
Hmm....looks pretty good....I'd have to OC it quite a bit though and honestly, that's something I'm fairly nervous about. If I OC this to about 3.1 ghz, how will it compare to a 4.1 ghz fx 6200?


Not really the best suggestion... First I would check with the manufacturer of the motherboard you plan to purchase to see if their motherboard will support the FX 6300. Or get a motherboard that will support the FX 6300.

A Phenom II at 3.1Ghz won't really do much compared to a 2nd Gen FX at 4.1GHz. The best you could do if you're dead set on not purchasing a Piledriver CPU is look for a Phenom II X6 1090T or 1100T. The unlocked multiplier should make overclocking to 4GHz or higher relatively easy and come closer to the performance of the FX chips...
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December 11, 2012 7:11:50 PM

I agree it shouldn't be impossible to get a FX6300 working out of the box. Other people have done it.
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December 11, 2012 7:32:19 PM

FinneousPJ said:
I agree it shouldn't be impossible to get a FX6300 working out of the box. Other people have done it.



Exactly, it works perfectly fine with pretty much any 9xx series chipset. If there is one thing AMD has down, it's Socket compatibility and lifetime.
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