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im thinking about upgrading my rig in a few weeks and ive been looking at the fx6300. i only game and surf the web on my computer.

thinking of this:

AMD FX6300
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
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MSI 7870 HAWK


there doesnt seem to be a big difference between the 83xx and 6300 in games. i have wondered about the CrossfireX scaling with the FX6300. i cant find any reviews with an FX6300 and CFX or SLI. i may buy a second 7870 when i get a new monitor and to go 1920x1080/1200. if the FX6300 doesnt cut it, for the price of an 83xx, ill probably get an i5.

anyone running an FX6300 with CFX or SLI? how was the scaling for the second GPU?
    
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That's an expensive motherboard. For the same price you could get a (locked) i5-3470 + cheap B75m motherboard for even better gaming performance & no crossfire worries. Also, if near a microcenter you can get an i5-3570k w/z77 for about the same price.

Also, it's probably worth it to go up to 8gb of RAM.
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I have the exact same board and just got my FX6300. Rock solid MB and the processor overclocks like a beast. I am not running crossfire so i cannot speak on that.

Price to performance ratio is top draw for the 6300, and Amazon has it for 129.99 right now.

As MisterFred stated getting a good set of DDR3 8 gigs is something you should consider, especially with the prices so low.

Good luck, either way you wont be disappointed.
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I have the exact same board and just got my FX6300. Rock solid MB and the processor overclocks like a beast. I am not running crossfire so i cannot speak on that.
Price to performance ratio is top draw for the 6300, and Amazon has it for 129.99 right now.

In my opinion you cannot divorce CPU & Motherboard cost - you must consider them together. While I'm sure that Gigabyte 990 is a great board, I never recommend an fx-6300 with anything other than a sub-$100 motherboard. A more expensive motherboard increases the total price point, so you might as well go for an i5.

That said, the fx-6300 is a good processor, so choosing one is never going to be a disaster. Just not great price/performance when paired with an expensive mobo.
    
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hello,
you could go with the 99x evo mobo and save some cash, it supports a six core fine, not to good with eight cores like I have, but i got six cores of the cpu up to 4.6ghz with 1.464v.
but the total build you have looks very good thumb.gif

think new amd radeon 8 series comes out next year if you can hang, but think that gpu would be getting slow by now.
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That's an expensive motherboard. For the same price you could get a (locked) i5-3470 + cheap B75m motherboard for even better gaming performance & no crossfire worries. Also, if near a microcenter you can get an i5-3570k w/z77 for about the same price.
Also, it's probably worth it to go up to 8gb of RAM.

i have been looking at intel boards so this board looked really reasonably priced to me. I am trying to stick with Gigabyte boards because i know the BIOS well and i have always had good luck with them. i looked at some of gigabyte's ~$100 boards and they dont have heatsinks on half the VRMs and have the typical budget power circuitry around the CPU. i am definately going to OC, so i want a really solid board and i wont buy a locked CPU. for me its either get the FX6300+UD3 (or similar quality board) or a 3570k and $140-190 board. (possibly even wait for haswell, depending on when i want to buy)

and i have wondered about 8gb of RAM, seems a lot of people are jumping on it right now. is this soley because of the price? i didnt think games would be using this much RAM, although i dont own any current PC games. also, any idea on what speed of RAM i should be looking at? i got 1600mhz because i knew i would have headroom to OC, if the 1333mhz is significantly cheaper, will it still hit 4.5-5.0ghz? or have the ram/cpu ratios changed enough to eliminate this problem? also, just to be clear, a 2x4gb kit is preferred?

and yes, also depending on when i buy this build, i may wait for the next gen of GPU, depending on how much info we have about them
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I think it would be a good idea if youre really watching the budget. Those 6300's are very strong performers for the money and seem to overclock very well so you can get a lot of bang for your buck.
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If you're sure you want to overclock, then you must go AMD on your budget. Just be aware that in terms of CPU performance in virtually all games you overclock an fx-6300 in an attempt to MATCH a locked i5's performance, not to surpass it.

That is to say, if you overclock in order to achieve better gaming performance then at your budget there is no point; just get a locked i5. If you overclock because it's cool and just also happen to game (gaming performance NOT being your highest priority), then of course you stick with the fx-6300.
    
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I plan on upgrading my i5-2400 to an FX-6300. Not sure why anyone would recommend a locked Intel cpu. My experience with one wasn't all that great. That should be a good setup there. I'd go for 8gb ram though and at least 1800 mhz. Prices are so low it's a no brainer.
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If you're sure you want to overclock, then you must go AMD on your budget. Just be aware that in terms of CPU performance in virtually all games you overclock an fx-6300 in an attempt to MATCH a locked i5's performance, not to surpass it.
That is to say, if you overclock in order to achieve better gaming performance then at your budget there is no point; just get a locked i5. If you overclock because it's cool and just also happen to game (gaming performance NOT being your highest priority), then of course you stick with the fx-6300.

confused.gif Something tells me you've never even owned an FX processor.
Edited by computerparts - 12/19/12 at 4:03pm
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What wasn't great about your experience?
    
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