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So I am putting together rig and can't decide which processor to go with so I came here to get a majority-opinion on which one to go with. There are three processors that I'm looking at, the AMD FX-6300, AMD Phenom II x 4 965 BE, and the AMD A10-5800K. I was hoping to get someone's opinion with some prior experience with 2 out of the three or even all three.

P.S. Thank you for the input ahead of time!!! smile.gif
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I have the 6300 and it is absoutely amazing! A beast to OC (See Sig) I 100% recommend it.

The 5800k is a 4300 with a GPU
     
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The fx-6300 is clearly the strongest of the three. Of course, you must overclock it for it to be a decent cost-effective solution.

The Phenom II is 4 cores on the cheap, but its also old & just not as good.

The AMD A10-5800k is what you buy if you want a gaming computer (excepting some CPU-dependent games) and don't have the money to buy a video card. It is otherwise inferior in terms of raw performance and cost-effecitveness vis a vis the fx-6300.

You should also consider an i5-3470. With a cheap B75 motherboard it's usually about the same price as an fx-6300 + decent overclocking motherboard like a Gigabyte 970-ud3, and while it is locked (can only run at stock), a stock i5-3470 has very roughly equivalent performance to an overclocked fx-6300.
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The 5800k is a 4300 with a GPU
While basically correct, if my memory serves the a-10 series doesn't have L3 cache, or not as much, or something like that, making the 4300 a little better than the 5800k in pure-CPU applications.
    
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Thank you for the input again. What are some of the things that you like about it?
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Big question is if you are getting a sweet deal on the Fx-6300. If you buy from Microcenter thent he FX-6300 is about $60 cheaper than the Fx-8320 due to $40 off motherboards. Elsewhere it's about $40 difference ($130 vs 170). At one point the FX-8320 went for $150 at Tigerdirect.

The Fx-8320 is the best bang for buck and all the AMD CPUs supposedly will drop in price once Haswell hits. You are best to wait for the price drop.
Edited by AlphaC - 3/23/13 at 5:15pm
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Speaking of Haswell when is that going to be released? And the microcenter deals for the stuff i would like are in-store only frown.gif
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The fx-6300 is clearly the strongest of the three. Of course, you must overclock it for it to be a decent cost-effective solution.

The Phenom II is 4 cores on the cheap, but its also old & just not as good.

The AMD A10-5800k is what you buy if you want a gaming computer (excepting some CPU-dependent games) and don't have the money to buy a video card. It is otherwise inferior in terms of raw performance and cost-effecitveness vis a vis the fx-6300.

You should also consider an i5-3470. With a cheap B75 motherboard it's usually about the same price as an fx-6300 + decent overclocking motherboard like a Gigabyte 970-ud3, and while it is locked (can only run at stock), a stock i5-3470 has very roughly equivalent performance to an overclocked fx-6300.

I heard you can't get much of an oc on a i5 3470, so if you oc the 6300 it will beat a i5 3470 in most cases.
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what are you looking to do with it?

though regardless having used all 3 in builds the 6300 is certainly the best of the 3

whats your budget and other parts your looking at specifically gpu?
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Speaking of Haswell when is that going to be released? And the microcenter deals for the stuff i would like are in-store only frown.gif

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20130321232000.html
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AMD to Lower Pricing of APUs, CPUs Next Month to Prepare for June Roll-Outs
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DigiTimes web-site reports that such chips as AMD A8-5600K (Trinity), FX-8320, FX-6300 and FX-4300 (Vishera) will see 8-15% price-cuts.



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“Haswell for desktop (Denlow platform) looks set to launch with cautious volume in June using the faulty C1 stepping, and then to see a stronger ramp once the glitch is worked out. Still, this is more than we had hoped for in June. Caution in Ivy Bridge units still likely to constrain gross margin for Intel and contacts point to August as the more significant launch period,” said JoAnne Feeney, an analyst with Longbow Research, in a note to clients, reports Tech Trader Daily.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20130313235600_Intel_to_Launch_Core_i_Haswell_Platform_in_Cautious_Volumes_Because_of_USB_3_0_Issues_Analyst.html
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My 2550k was $150 on ebay and Ive seen some Ivy's going for $180, both retail boxed. You might try your luck there before going with something slower.
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