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These guys can poo-poo my suggestions all they want, but you don't need to spend on an 8320. Assuming you're still stuck with the 450 as a video card, you'd be better off getting a different processor and either pocketing the difference or saving it for a future video card upgrade.

Personally, I think you ought to go for an fx-6300 + associated other equipment, but it appears you've already purchased an fx-8320?
how much more do you think the amd is? lol. It's not like he's saving $150 and can get a much better gpu. he might be saving $20 tops by going with the intel.
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Picking a platform for the next several years on the basis of the possible re-use of one component is just silly. Motherboards just aren't expensive enough to warrant that kind of weight. Not unless you blow money one one that's needlessly expensive.

That said, you mentioned earlier that you overclock for fun (meaning: for the inherent joy of it, NOT solely to increase software performance). Given that, I suggest you get an AM3+ system anyway. It's the best solution for you that's available right now.

And you should always get the best option to you right now when computing. "Future-proofing" or trying to plan upgrades that might take place years later is just not smart when shopping for components.

Anyway, on to the recommendations:
FX-6300 ($125 after promo code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

Gigabyte 970a-ud3 ($105) A good overclocking mobo that won't break the bank.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62402&vpn=GA%2D970A%2DUD3&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1187

Kingston HyperX 2x4gb 1600mhz RAM ($37)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=78421&vpn=KHX16C9B1BK2%2F8X&manufacture=Others&promoid=1026

CPU Cooler: HR-02 Macho ($40) (Also available at nan's gaming gear - no I have no idea why Thermalright made them their NA distributor, but they did.) This is not only a quiet cooler, but an excellent performer. Closer to the high end of air coolers than the lower end, despite the price.
http://www.amazon.com/Macho-BW-Support-Socket-Driver/dp/B008YTUN38/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1359312776&sr=8-2&keywords=hr-02+macho

Case: Depends on if you want something that just works, or a "noise-reducing" case.
Just works, Bit Fenix Outlaw ($50)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63255&vpn=BFC%2DOLW%2D100%2DKKN1%2DRP&manufacture=BitFenix&promoid=1395
Noise-reducing, Fractal Design R4 ($96)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75051&vpn=FD%2DCA%2DDEF%2DR4%2DTI&manufacture=Fractal%20Design

That system should be as good for gaming as an fx-8320 system once you overclock it (2 more cores won't help gaming). And it's only about $30 more expensive than a locked i5 system would be, so you're only paying $30 for the fun of overclocking (but you really do NEED to overclock the fx-chips to match locked i5 performance).

Any spare monies should be saved for future peripherals upgrade (<3 Mionix Naos mice), monitor upgrade, GPU upgrade, or just stick the extra in your pocket and take a girl out to a nice restaurant.

So if I decide to go with the FX-6300 I will just lose 2 cores?
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Yes. The fx-6300 is a three-module, 6-core chip from AMD's latest release. The fx-8320 is a four-module, 8-core chip from the same architecture. Differences in stock clock speeds don't matter since you'll be overclocking. And games rarely use more than 4 cores, let alone six, so gaming performace for the two chips should be essentially identical.
    
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Yes. The fx-6300 is a three-module, 6-core chip from AMD's latest release. The fx-8320 is a four-module, 8-core chip from the same architecture. Differences in stock clock speeds don't matter since you'll be overclocking. And games rarely use more than 4 cores, let alone six, so gaming performace for the two chips should be essentially identical.

Thanks for clearing that up.
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post #25 of 37
The difference in cost between the 6300 and the 8320 is only $25. I would just grab the FX-8320 thumb.gif
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I smell a fan boy. thumb.gif
That term is heavily discouraged on OCN. It's unnecessary.
Definitly the 8320.
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post #27 of 37
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Yes. The fx-6300 is a three-module, 6-core chip from AMD's latest release. The fx-8320 is a four-module, 8-core chip from the same architecture. Differences in stock clock speeds don't matter since you'll be overclocking. And games rarely use more than 4 cores, let alone six, so gaming performace for the two chips should be essentially identical.


Yeah but that extra floating point unit on the 8320 is handy, although in gaming it really doesn't make one bit of difference.


That Gigabyte board someone else posted is nice, but I'd say go with an Asus Sabertooth at that price bracket as those DIGI vrm's really are sweet. Or save 20-30 bucks and go with an M5a99X EVO R2.0 or a M5a99FX Pro R2.0, depending on whether Crossfire or SLI will be in the cards in the future (if it will be int he cards, then get the 990FX based board for sure).
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Yes. The fx-6300 is a three-module, 6-core chip from AMD's latest release. The fx-8320 is a four-module, 8-core chip from the same architecture. Differences in stock clock speeds don't matter since you'll be overclocking. And games rarely use more than 4 cores, let alone six, so gaming performace for the two chips should be essentially identical.


Yeah but that extra floating point unit on the 8320 is handy, although in gaming it really doesn't make one bit of difference.


That Gigabyte board someone else posted is nice, but I'd say go with an Asus Sabertooth at that price bracket as those DIGI vrm's really are sweet. Or save 20-30 bucks and go with an M5a99X EVO R2.0 or a M5a99FX Pro R2.0, depending on whether Crossfire or SLI will be in the cards in the future (if it will be int he cards, then get the 990FX based board for sure).

The 8350 does somewhat noticeably better in some games than the 6300. http://www.anandtech.com/show/6396/the-vishera-review-amd-fx8350-fx8320-fx6300-and-fx4300-tested/5

 

Another vote for 8320.

    
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The 8350 does somewhat noticeably better in some games than the 6300. http://www.anandtech.com/show/6396/the-vishera-review-amd-fx8350-fx8320-fx6300-and-fx4300-tested/5

Another vote for 8320.

Perhaps that is true, but the benchmarks you linked don't show that. Those benchmarks are at stock settings, at which settings the fx-6300 has a lower clock speed. I'd never recommend running an fx-6300 at stock for a gaming machine - for obvious reasons, as those same benchmarks show that at stock settings, Intel chips dominate AMD chips.
    
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How ow does the FX-8350 compare to FX-8320? I was looking at pairing one of thees with Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0. Is it worth the $20 more for the FX-8350?
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