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Hi,
I am considering upgrading my current setup (Athlon X4 620 AM2+ @3.2Ghz with 4GB DDR2) . I am an AMD fan so even though Intel might be better, I still want to support AMD.

Anyways I was looking at some prices and I noticed that the last gen FX-8120 is selling for roughly the same prices as a current gen piledriver FX-6300 ($140 vs $130).

My question is: which one would be better to get assuming I will be overclocking them to their limits? I have read tons of reviews and compared them at stock but I want to know if that extra overclocking headroom on the piledriver cpu would make up for lack of two cores.

Thanks!
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I would have to say FX-6300. Better Overclocking and better IPC.
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well technically the 8120 is only a quad core and the 6300 is a triple core. you can overclock an 8120 to about 4.6 if you have good cooling and a 6300 to about 4.9. the 8120 will be more powerful especially if you are running lots of processes at the same time. if you are gaming, the vishera architecture handles single threaded applications a little bit better so you might see a slight increase in frame rate if you go with the 6300. it all depends on what you are planning to use it for
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well technically the 8120 is only a quad core and the 6300 is a triple core. you can overclock an 8120 to about 4.6 if you have good cooling and a 6300 to about 4.9. the 8120 will be more powerful especially if you are running lots of processes at the same time. if you are gaming, the vishera architecture handles single threaded applications a little bit better so you might see a slight increase in frame rate if you go with the 6300. it all depends on what you are planning to use it for

6-Core will still be more then enough for gaming.
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6-Core will still be more then enough for gaming.

yeah thats what i said. the 6300 will actually be better for games since it will be able to achieve a higher clock rate and it's architecture is more suited to the way games are designed
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Thanks for the feedback. I don't really game that much these days but I still do lots of cpu intensive stuff (photoshop, vid encoding, sw compiling, encryption, etc).

I guess the 300Mhz or so overclock and the improved IPC of the Piledriver makes up for the lack of 1 module on the bulldozer?

... or maybe I should just save up $30 more and but an FX-8320. Best of both worlds
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get an 8320 if you are doing cpu intensive multitasking. it is significantly more powerful than an 6300. it's equivalent to a 3570k
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^^ this
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