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post #1 of 31
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I'm looking to upgrade the CPU in my desktop.
My desktop currently has an AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE quad-core (stock 3.4GHz) CPU installed.
I'm looking to buy an AMD FX-8320 eight-core 3.5GHz CPU to replace my X4 965 BE. The FX-8320 will cost me $110.
Is it worth the $110 to upgrade from an X4 965 BE to an FX-8320 in terms of raw gaming performance?
My current graphics card is an ASUS Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 card, if that helps.
   
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post #2 of 31
only worth if you think on ocing it and upgrading that graphic card
post #3 of 31
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I only have enough to upgrade either my CPU or graphics card, and $110 for an FX-8320 is hard to just pass up in my opinion. I don't overclock parts.
   
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only worth if you think on ocing it and upgrading that graphic card

^this. +rep.
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post #5 of 31
I'd upgrade your graphics card first and then your CPU.
post #6 of 31
Yes, if you plan on upgrading your graphics card. If you upgraded to the 8320 your 6770 would be bottlenecking it badly.
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post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

only worth if you think on ocing it and upgrading that graphic card

That. And you will not find many games that utilize 8 threads... BTW,which motherboard and PSU?
As a buy,it is good,and futureproof.
   
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post #8 of 31
Can't edit.
My apologies,the 2nd half of my answer belongs to another thread.
   
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post #9 of 31
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That. And you will not find many games that utilize 8 threads... BTW,which motherboard and PSU?
As a buy,it is good,and futureproof.
this

P.S this seems like a this,that answer thread biggrin.gif
post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by FIRINMYLAZERMAN View Post

I'm looking to upgrade the CPU in my desktop.
My desktop currently has an AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE quad-core (stock 3.4GHz) CPU installed.
I'm looking to buy an AMD FX-8320 eight-core 3.5GHz CPU to replace my X4 965 BE. The FX-8320 will cost me $110.
Is it worth the $110 to upgrade from an X4 965 BE to an FX-8320 in terms of raw gaming performance?
My current graphics card is an ASUS Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 card, if that helps.

imo yes. alot of people have come from phenomx6/x4 and said it was a night and day difference and have never looked back
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