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I5-3470 vs. FX-6300

I keep getting told I should pick up an i5-3470 over an FX-6300.

I'm having a hard time finding an in deoth comparison between the two that covers more than some benchmarks dealing with games.

I know already, the i5 is faster. I'm however also going to be using a nice high end card with the cpu (Sapphire 7870 XT), and I understand as now more games will be GPU dependent than CPU dependent. I just need some better justification for spending the extra money.

Here is what I know

i5-3470 = faster
i5-3470 = uses less power
FX-6300 = more cores

The 2nd one does not concern my at all since I do not pay electricity.
The 3rd one however, does. I plan on doing some heavy streaming, and also video recording with programs like fraps while I game, as well as post editing. I keep hearing the more cores the better for stuff like that. How true is this for the 4 core 3470 vs. the 6 core 6300?

Also, the price issue. The 6300 is a lot cheaper.

So yeah, based on price, and the things I will be using it for, help me justify the i5-3470 please.
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  2. yep, but you can overclock the FX, if you dont want to go with intel, this is coming from a 6300 owner
  3. It doesn't matter if you own a 6300. It matters if you own a 6300 and a 3470. Anyway the problem with overclocking is that he's gonna need a nice fan, which it's better to spend the money on a better CPU in the first place rather than paying extra for a fan for overclocking. Also a note to the OP, a 7870 isn't a high end card, it's in the mid end range.
  4. You can raise the i5-3470 up to 4 ghz, and the FX-6300 even overclocked to a more higher frequency it won't beat the i5-3470, the i5-3470 competes with the FX-8350.
    And you need a good motherboard for overclocking the FX-6300, most of the budget am3+ boards got low power phases and low quality mosfets with no vrm cooling, and an additional aftermarket cooler.
  5. Looking at that comparison, it seems yeah, 3470 is the way to go. Price was playing a huge factor in this, but I found Microcenter carrying it for $149.99.

    I think that settles it.

    And also, Melikepie, what makes the Sapphire 7870 XT a mid range card? Pretty sure this is in the high end tier for AMD. Granted not a godly card, but its definitely not mid range.

    Apparently this can even be OC'ed to run at 7950 levels.
  6. It's mid high end, it's a 7930, so it's in between, it's a good card for the money.
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  8. djangoringo said:
    You can raise the i5-3470 up to 4 ghz, and the FX-6300 even overclocked to a more higher frequency it won't beat the i5-3470, the i5-3470 competes with the FX-8350.
    And you need a good motherboard for overclocking the FX-6300, most of the budget am3+ boards got low power phases and low quality mosfets with no vrm cooling, and an additional aftermarket cooler.


    First off you cannot overclock the 3470 very much if even at all because its not unlocked and second the fx 8350 better competes with the 3570k or the 4670k.
  9. Did you actually check the date of the last post?
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