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Is it worth switching my AMD Phenom X4 980BE to a AMD FX 9370

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My second Corsair H60 died recently and I was about to put on my new Antec H950 and I had a thought about switching out my old 980 to a 9370 just for the fact that now that the new consoles are out and they have AMD 8 cores and such multi threaded gaming is just around the corner for PCs... I hope. My 980 is not much of an overclocker I tryed to over clock it to 4.1 ghz and i just could not get it to stay stable for long. Maybe I was doing something wrong but I gave up overclocking it and I've been running it at stock speeds and I has been running fine well untill I my PC starting shutting down due to over heating. So do you guys think that It is a resonable upgrade? I've made posts in the past and I was tolded to wait for piledriver. How is the performance Stock vs Stock? Or am I on sinking ship and should switch to intel? My GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ is compatible right?
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Normally most/all 990FX Chipsets are compatible with AMD's 8 core CPU's to clarify.
+ a 8+2 VRM too
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stock speed fx-8350 more than good enough for almost anything nowadays in my honest opinion, the fx-9370 not worth the price tag unless you can get within something like 20-30 extra bucks. but 8350 best price/performance if you don't want to OC.

the FX-8320 even better price/performance and can be overclocked easily ( im talking about almost without changing voltages/etc) to a 8350.

"My GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ is compatible right?"

you might also have to flash the bios to the latest version because some older models might not read by default.


P.S-

make sure to check everything and make sure its not CPU thats overheating. your power supply might be damaged if its shutting down non stop or GPU might be also over heating. Finally faulty motherboard last one on the list for causes on shut downs.

did you try a fresh reformat of pc also? you can also have errors in registry/etc also.
try to clean GPU with compress air/cotton swab the fans/replace thermal paste
or clean cpu contacts with 90+% isoprop alcohol and a bunch of cotton swab and re-apply thermal paste (after dries and cleaned). Clean heatsink also.

you can also do a pin test for the power supply unless you have device that can test it.
Edited by KingAlkaiser - 4/6/14 at 2:05pm
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8320 is a better buy. It can be had for 100 bucks and will probably OC as high as the 9370's stock frequency's. Much better value.
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Go with the 8320, use the money an fort a better motherboard and a better cooler and you can get the clock to at least 4.5 if not higher. I can hit 5.0, but my cooling at the voltage sucks. Good luck! thumb.gifbiggrin.gif
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Trust me I went through hell trying to figure out my over heating problem. And it is my CPU cooler. Also the 9370 is only $30 more then the 8350.
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But it's $30 more you could put into another part of your rig! You can clock it upto the same clock as the 9370. What motherboard are you looking at getting for the CPU?
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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 that i already have. Works fine. Don't see a reason getting a new one. If I do I might as well go intel.
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Not worth it to go to a 9370. There is no way that H60 will keep it cool.

You could get an 8320, then sell your 980 (easy to sell), and then get a good cooling solution to run at high overclocks.
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See my main problem is that I suck at overclocking CPUs. I can make my GPUs dance but when it try overclocking my CPU... BSOD all day. I have a Antec H950 now the Corsair H60 died.
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