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Is the FX-8350 future proof for gaming

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February 26, 2013 6:06:11 PM

I want to upgrade my PC but I don't know if I should get the fx 6300 or the fx 8350
I want it the be an upgrade that will last a few years and seeing as the ps4 is 8 core i thought devs might start making games that use more cores but i dont know if i should spend the extra 50 for the fx8350 or get a better gpu
February 26, 2013 6:17:40 PM

They will probably start using more cores, most definitely but don't bother trying to future proof you'll probably end up disappointed, I'd say the fx 8350 will still perform well for a few years. Also i'd say go for the gpu most games do not utilize 8 cores and when they do you can upgrade, the better gpu now will serve you better unless you games are not too gpu intensive.
February 26, 2013 6:29:28 PM

thanks what psu would you recommend for a fx-6300 and 7870
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February 26, 2013 6:39:17 PM

what else will you have in the computer? if those are the only power hungry things a 500w should be fine i like to go higher as you get higher efficiency, buy a good brand like corsair,antec,seasonnic i've heard xfx are good

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js...
this should give you a rough idea of how much you need
February 26, 2013 6:41:24 PM

what things are mainly power hungry
February 26, 2013 6:42:06 PM

so you would recommend a fx-6300 and 7870 more than fx-8350 and 7850
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February 26, 2013 7:09:19 PM

Adam2508 said:
so you would recommend a fx-6300 and 7870 more than fx-8350 and 7850


Most games are limited not by the CPU, but by the graphics card. Not many games are reverse where they perform better with a more powerful CPU and less powerful GPU. The one game that I can think of is Minecraft with it's butt ugly graphics.

In a game like Skyrim which benefits from both CPU and GPU, going with the stronger GPU / weaker CPU combo will still give you better performance than a stronger CPU / weaker GPU combo.
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February 26, 2013 7:12:07 PM

for your power supply just make sure it pushes 40 amps on the 12 volt rail. pick a good brand like corsair or seasonic and get at least a bronze efficiency and you should be fine
something like this will work: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 26, 2013 7:39:55 PM

Adam2508 said:
what things are mainly power hungry


The CPU and GPU.

Nothing else consumes as much power. The motherboard generally comes in 3rd. Basic motherboards consume about 35w, while premium motherboards generally can consume around 65w. Next comes the hard drives.
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February 26, 2013 7:55:42 PM

Well since AMD has all the gaming consoles under their thumb you can expect better optimizations for their architecture. As games become more mult-threaded like Crysis 3 where the 8350 beats out an i7 3770k, we will continue to see FX architecture excel.
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February 26, 2013 8:12:09 PM

watts= amps*volts
gpu watts needed: 300w= x* 12 volt rail
cpu 6300 watts needed: 180w (250w OC)
I have seen the wattage needed for this proccesor as high as 300
so your power supply will need a 12v rail that pushes at least 25 amps

this is another that will work and is a good deal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

with the current promo code this is only $104
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February 26, 2013 8:14:20 PM

ko888 <<< this user is the man who's posts I read to find knowledge
this is a copy paste from one of his threads
For a system using a single Radeon HD 7950 graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 500 Watt or greater system power supply. The power supply should also have a maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 30 Amps or greater and have at least two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Sufficient Total Combined Continuous Power/Current Available on the +12V Rail(s) rated at 45°C - 50°C ambient temperature, is the most critical factor.

Overclocking of the CPU and/or GPU(s) will require an additional increase to the maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current ratings, recommended above, to meet the increase in power required for the overclock. The additional amount required will depend on the magnitude of the overclock being attempted.

The Corsair Builder Series CX500 (SKU# 75-001667 / CP-9020047), with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 38 Amps and with two (6+2)-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors, is sufficient to power your system configuration with a single Radeon HD 7950 graphics card.
February 26, 2013 8:23:24 PM

thanks a lot everyone
April 28, 2013 11:04:52 PM

For fifty extra bucks I said screw it and bought an fx-8350... why not for the low price 189.99.. and if more cores are used in the future you'll be okay for a little bit longer than others. Plus if you do any kind of video editing or graphic design the extra cores will help.
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