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Old September 21, 2013, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Goon3d View Post
How much increase in performance does this cpu will give compare to a phenom2 x4 965? With the release of BF4 this Octobre, I think it's time to retire my phenom2.

mobo: Asus m5a97 R2.0
PSU: CM ex2 725
GPU: gigabyte HD 7850 oc ver.
ram: Kingston hyperx black 8gigs.

It is a worthwhile upgrade over the 965 BE for a several reasons. It is a 95 watt piece compared to a 125 watt piece despite it being a six-core part. Its 8% slower in single-threaded tasks but will clock higher then a 965 BE and more then compensate for this. It will pull comfortably ahead in multi-threaded applications. The 6300 overall will perform 20% better then a 965 BE at the same clock speeds. It also has new instruction sets that are starting to be used. The real reason I think you should get the 6300 is that you could sell your 965 BE on eBay and recoup at least 80% of the cost of the 6300. To me it is a no brainer.
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Old October 5, 2013, 08:15 PM
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I don't understand why people knock down AMD processors. I am trying to build a budget gaming system to play games like Crysis 3, and obviously AMD 8350 or 8320 (oc to 4 GHz) fits my low budget. As to performance, here is what I find:

Crysis 3 Performance Test: Graphics & CPU > CPU Performance - TechSpot

"Looking at the performance of various processors and platforms, it's safe to say you'll want to play Crysis 3 with a quad-core processor -- and not just any old quad-core like the Athlon II X4. It'll need some muscle. The FX-8350 surprised us with 61fps, just a few frames slower than the Core i7-3770K. As we have seen repeatedly, aging workhorses such as the Core i7-920 and Phenom II X4 980 still hold their own with both averaging 54fps, and although they were almost 20% slower than the Core i7 powerhouses, they still provide plenty of value."

Sure, FX8350 needs more power to run, needing better PSU, runs hotter needing more cooling power. But it can be done at little or most likely no incremental cost (starting point being a Corsair TX 650W PSU and a CM 212 EVO HSF).

Sure i5 4670k platform is great, and was what I started at the beginning of my search, but it is just over my budget. I need a VW that will take me from A to B, although it is not a Mercedes.

For me, it all comes down to cost and performance/price ratio, assuming upgrade path is there and not too costly, which both AMD and intel are providing. I am not dead set on AMD 8350 platform for now. I am open to see what sales of both platforms gives me the best deal.
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