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December 27, 2012 7:00:41 AM

I currently have a AMD Athlon x4 650 processor which is going to bottleneck my GTX 660 III Overclocked Twin Frozr GPU. I need information about how to know what a good CPU and Motherboard is. What is compatible with each other. What should I skim on budget wise. AMD or Intel and maybe if you don't feel like explaining all this, a video guide.

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December 27, 2012 7:13:18 AM

budget amd wins and not sure how well going to a athlon x4 to a phenom II x4 is for bottlenecking a 660 gtx, but should be better and easiest upgrade as u have a am3 motherboard, if am3+, then an fx piledriver cpu. Intel is best solution with a ASRock Z77 extreme 4/6 being recommended and i5 3570k/2500k, but an i3 will work and usually better than a PII X4.

Intel Socket 1155 will match any sandy bridge or ivy bridge cpu being the 2nd and 3rd gen core i3/i5/i7 series cpus or 2xxx 3xxx model numbers. and ur athlon an am3 will work in an AM3/am3+ motherboard and fx only in AM3+. FX cpus being bulldozer 41xx/6100/6200/6300/81xx cpus piledriver being 4300/6300/83xx cpus on the am3+, and Phenoms II X4/X6 on AM3 and AM3+, saying since u mentioned compatible not sure if u know sockets matching as its kind of self explanatory but some seem to not get it
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December 27, 2012 7:16:37 AM

lazyboy947 said:
budget amd wins and not sure how well going to a athlon x4 to a phenom II x4 is for bottlenecking a 660 gtx, but should be better and easiest upgrade as u have a am3 motherboard, if am3+, then an fx piledriver cpu. Intel is best solution with a ASRock Z77 extreme 4/6 being recommended and i5 3570k/2500k, but an i3 will work and usually better than a PII X4.

Intel Socket 1155 will match any sandy bridge or ivy bridge cpu being the 2nd and 3rd gen core i3/i5/i7 series cpus or 2xxx 3xxx model numbers. and ur athlon an am3 will work in an AM3/am3+ motherboard and fx only in AM3+. FX cpus being bulldozer 41xx/6100/6200/6300/81xx cpus piledriver being 4300/6300/83xx cpus on the am3+, and Phenoms II X4/X6 on AM3 and AM3+, saying since u mentioned compatible not sure if u know sockets matching as its kind of self explanatory but some seem to not get it


Could you recommend me a CPU, Motherboard that will not bottleneck my GTX 660 and is affordable?
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December 27, 2012 7:25:21 AM

well the intel side the ASRock and i5 will def not bottleneck the 660GTX, even an i3 3220 wont.

AMD wise im not to sure on cpu wise but a good decent AMD motherboard is if u dont mind buying open boxed items Newegg has the ASUS Sabertooth 990fx for $131 from $180 ish, or new id go with a MSI 990fxa motherboard dont remember exacts but has 990fxa and gd65 or 80 in it. Pretty sure without having experience or knowledge of amd bottlenecks with a 660gtx that any of the FX piledriver 8 cores wont bottleneck but im guessing a Phenom II x6 should be fine and maybe the x4, not to sure on the fx 6300 as havent seen many benchmarks and stuff.
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December 27, 2012 7:34:54 AM

lazyboy947 said:
well the intel side the ASRock and i5 will def not bottleneck the 660GTX, even an i3 3220 wont.

AMD wise im not to sure on cpu wise but a good decent AMD motherboard is if u dont mind buying open boxed items Newegg has the ASUS Sabertooth 990fx for $131 from $180 ish, or new id go with a MSI 990fxa motherboard dont remember exacts but has 990fxa and gd65 or 80 in it. Pretty sure without having experience or knowledge of amd bottlenecks with a 660gtx that any of the FX piledriver 8 cores wont bottleneck but im guessing a Phenom II x6 should be fine and maybe the x4, not to sure on the fx 6300 as havent seen many benchmarks and stuff.



Could I install a fx-8150 in my current motherboard or am i just an Idiot? and if so is an 8150 worth it?
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December 27, 2012 7:37:34 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/print/6396 show that the 6300 beats the 8150 in most gaming situations, but whats ur motherboard? as it may need a bios update to take piledriver
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December 27, 2012 7:40:02 AM

what is your budget ? can't recommend something without knowing your budget ..
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December 27, 2012 7:46:56 AM

lazyboy947 said:
http://www.anandtech.com/print/6396 show that the 6300 beats the 8150 in most gaming situations, but whats ur motherboard? as it may need a bios update to take piledriver


Is it wrong to say I have absolutely no idea? I am currently not at my home computer but I can look it up quick.
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December 27, 2012 7:49:44 AM

shaun_shaun said:
what is your budget ? can't recommend something without knowing your budget ..

180-240
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December 27, 2012 7:50:56 AM

shaun_shaun said:
what is your budget ? can't recommend something without knowing your budget ..


Very true! lol

if u have an AM3+ motherboard then getting a bulldozer or piledriver is ur best route, but if u had to get a new motherboard for amd and getting lets say the new 8350, both together basically equals same cost of going i5/z77
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December 27, 2012 7:53:41 AM

chrispoteraske said:
180-240


Since its a prebuilt HP desktop its going to be just an AM3 motherboard, and cheap one at that lol My opinion as only a Phenom II X4/X6 is ur only upgrade path and prob a 95watt cpu which most PIIs still for sale are 125Watts, meaning almost no upgrade path unless u find a 95watt x4/x6. Best bet to get new motherboard/cpu/ and if u want a new case lol as at this point u basically replaced the whole pc alrdy

Srry lol wrong reply to quote but meant the link to the computer lol
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December 27, 2012 7:56:22 AM

lazyboy947 said:
Since its a prebuilt HP desktop its going to be just an AM3 motherboard, and cheap one at that lol My opinion as only a Phenom II X4/X6 is ur only upgrade path and prob a 95watt cpu which most PIIs still for sale are 125Watts, meaning almost no upgrade path unless u find a 95watt x4/x6. Best bet to get new motherboard/cpu/ and if u want a new case lol as at this point u basically replaced the whole pc alrdy


Life Lesson Unlocked: Always Build Your Own PC


Any clear-cut options or a conclusion here. If you could give me what would be your best Motherboard/CPU for my budget that would be nice.
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December 27, 2012 8:01:35 AM

FX 6300 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI 990FXA - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

139.99 + 118.99 = 259 + 8 shipping making u 27 over ur top budget but at the momment the motherboard give u free 8gb of ram which u can use to replace ur current 8gb and sell or if the 8gb u have is only 2 sticks then u can add to it and get 16gb of ram. Over budget but getting $40 ram gives a nice touch lol
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December 27, 2012 8:09:52 AM

lazyboy947 said:
FX 6300 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI 990FXA - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

139.99 + 118.99 = 259 + 8 shipping making u 27 over ur top budget but at the momment the motherboard give u free 8gb of ram which u can use to replace ur current 8gb and sell or if the 8gb u have is only 2 sticks then u can add to it and get 16gb of ram. Over budget but getting $40 ram gives a nice touch lol



How fast is this setup? Do you have some benchmarks (You definitely got my best answer award)
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December 27, 2012 8:30:56 AM

yeah i got u on that lol the benchmark i gave u shows and concludes at the end with the 6300 beating that i3 build, and ive seen ppl pair i3s with 7850s which is pretty close to the 660gtx, so i guess that makes the fx better since the price is the same for each to be shipped out to u basically.

Personally i like the amd one since even tho intel cpus are core per core faster than amd having the 6 core over a dual core with hyper threading making it 4 threads/cores seems better and in gaming purposes benchmark wise the fx won.

Also either way its gets a nice motherboard which its one of them things i prefer not to cheap out on, and u get the free ram with either buy.

To be clear neither should bottleneck ur 660 gtx lol
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December 27, 2012 8:38:07 AM

Best answer selected by ChrisPoteraske.
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December 27, 2012 8:46:51 AM

if u buy now and get the free ram and use it, if u get crashes or it doesnt work with the mix of the ram u have, then u prob cant use one or the other together, or make sure there both set to 1333Mhz which the 1600 gskill free one should do automatically.

Id say later on get a new case with better ventilation than the HP one, maybe a cpu cooler if it comes to temps being an issue, a cooler master hyper 212 evo is usually the best deal
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