FX-6300+ASRock 970E3 vs Phenom II X4 965+GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3

ok so ive got around 210$ to spend and im looking for an upgrade ,
im stuck on 2 options
1. AMD Phenom II X4 965+GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 = cost 189
2. AMD FX-6300+ASRock 970 EXTREME3 = cost 207.48

im not sure wich one to get , if i go with phenom i could probably manage to upgrade it to steamroller later without touching the mb but with FX-6300 it would probably be sticky situation . if phenom and GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 wasnt over my budget i would probably go that route but right now im kind of stuck .
any insight would be appriciated

oh and im also gonna stick with my current 9800GTX+ and 1280 x 1024 max resolution display if that combo changes anything
Im also looking to overclock , not hardcore , somewere in the middle as much as Hyper TX3 will allow if its any better then stock cooler
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  1. i would go for the phenom II because the fx-6300 is considerably worse than the phenom and of course you can like you said upgrade to a steam roller with that motherboard and being able to upgrade a cpu without replacing a motherboard is better if your on a budget
  2. but there might be a bottleneck from your graphics card
  3. rudi95 said:
    but there might be a bottleneck from your graphics card


    so you mean that ill have to get better graphics card? that wont work , ill have to live with this one . is that gonna be a huge problem? coz ones that are better then mine cost more then 200$
  4. rudi95 said:
    i would go for the phenom II because the fx-6300 is considerably worse than the phenom and of course you can like you said upgrade to a steam roller with that motherboard and being able to upgrade a cpu without replacing a motherboard is better if your on a budget


    I have no idea what you are talking about. Before FX hate sinks in look at actual tests and benchmarks. http://anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=699
  5. rishiswaz said:
    rudi95 said:
    i would go for the phenom II because the fx-6300 is considerably worse than the phenom and of course you can like you said upgrade to a steam roller with that motherboard and being able to upgrade a cpu without replacing a motherboard is better if your on a budget


    I have no idea what you are talking about. Before FX hate sinks in look at actual tests and benchmarks. http://anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=699


    yes its better , it should be , its a newer CPU .
    but which option is better
  6. FX6300 + 970E3 > 965 + 970UD3
  7. 8350rocks said:
    FX6300 + 970E3 > 965 + 970UD3


    yes but 970UD3 is 8 + 2 Power Phase Design while 970E3 is 4 + 1 Power Phase Design .

    if i go with FX im gonna need to replace MB and GPU when steamroller comes out , but if i go with Phenom i can keep MB and replace GPU and CPU but i dont know whats gonna happen in future , and considering that im not planing on hardcore overclocking , will 970E3 do good job ? i hear people say
    8 + 2 is better then 4 + 1 for overclocking but by how much and at what point does is it better?
  8. Chixla said:
    8350rocks said:
    FX6300 + 970E3 > 965 + 970UD3


    yes but 970UD3 is 8 + 2 Power Phase Design while 970E3 is 4 + 1 Power Phase Design .

    if i go with FX im gonna need to replace MB and GPU when steamroller comes out , but if i go with Phenom i can keep MB and replace GPU and CPU but i dont know whats gonna happen in future , and considering that im not planing on hardcore overclocking , will 970E3 do good job ? i hear people say
    8 + 2 is better then 4 + 1 for overclocking but by how much and at what point does is it better?


    No, 970E3 is 6+2 with upgraded VRM...so you can OC on the 970E3 and be fine. I have 990FXE3 and it's fine with 6+2 + Digital VRM
  9. I have a MSI 970 with 4+2 and I get modest overclocks to 4.6 keeping temperatures in line on the motherboard with the heatsinks that are on it already so nothing custom. I think either option you would be good but the 970E3 would be a safer bet
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