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Howdy all.

It's about time for me to roll my pennies and upgrade the main rig. Currently on a Phenom II 955 @ 4ghz everyday, 4.2 when I need extra heat in the room or benching. Primary use is gaming with the occasional video encoding job (which could pick up more if I have cores to spare).

I've read about Dozer and Piledriver, and I know not to expect miracles. But I don't want to drop the coin on i7 as I'm on a budget.

My local Microcenter store has some stuff on sale currently:

http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx

What is catching my eye at the moment is the FX8320 bundle with the Asus M5A97 motherboard for $209 (have to get new mobo, current one is AM3 and doesn't support FX, dammit).

I already have another CM Hyper 212+ sitting around collecting dust, I think I will throw another fan at it for push/pull.


There is also the FX8350 for $35 more. So since I plan on overclocking anyway, I don't know that I care to pay $35 up front for an extra 500mhz.

So do we think the 8350 is worth $35 more?

Will I really even notice a difference from the 955? I think maybe not so much for games, but I'm hoping Civ V will at least benefit some.

Also wondering about ram...

http://www.microcenter.com/product/401554/Hyper_X_Red_16GB_DDR3-1600_%28PC3-12800%29_CL_10_Desktop_Memory_Kit_%28Two_8GB_Memory_Modules%29

vs

http://www.microcenter.com/product/401559/Hyper_X_Predator_16GB_DDR3-1866_%28PC3-15000%29_CL_9_Desktop_Memory_Kit_%28Two_8GB_Memory_Modules%29

$79 vs $139? Leaning towards the cheaper, obviously.... and I've seen the Hyper X Red online in the $60 range...

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Howdy all.

http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx

What is catching my eye at the moment is the FX8320 bundle with the Asus M5A97 motherboard for $209 (have to get new mobo, current one is AM3 and doesn't support FX, dammit).

Damn, just bought the same thing from Tiger Direct for like $230 - wish MicroCenter in Santa Clara didn't close.
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I'd look at the FX 8320/8350 Owners Group, look at the range of OCs for each and then make a judgement call.
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Since you have a Microcenter, in all honesty I'd just get the 3570K deal. I think right now it's $40 off any Z77. I'd go for a Gigabyte Z77X board.

Throw a Samsung 30nm 8GB kit at it for only $40 (OC all you like) and you'll be smoking that 955 even with the tiniest OC.

EDIT: Looks like the 3570K is back up to 189, so with Z77X UD3H it would run you $313 w/out RAM.

Tough choice $$ wise, but I have fast AMD and Intel systems, and if I had to choose just one on a budget it would be 3570K all day.
Edited by 2thAche - 1/29/13 at 3:49pm
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Get the 8350, it's worth it. It's easier to overclock too. $35 for 500mhz, I'd prefer that then having to worry oc'ing an extra 500mhz.
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Throw a Samsung 30nm 8GB kit at it for only $40 (OC all you like) and you'll be smoking that 955 even with the tiniest OC.

Microcenter doesn't seem to sell it...

I am a big fan of Kingston, is Samsung that much better? I read the Predator kits do 2100+ easy. I was a hand on server tech at my job (prior to outsourcing) and had to handle RMA's on a regular basis. Kingston was always awesome to deal with.

Honestly ram is like 1% or 2% difference at best from what I've read for games.... so prolly looking at the 16gb $60-$70 kits.

I think you guys have convinced me to do the 8350.
    
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