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Greetings,

I'm not certain if this is the right forum to be placing this question, however it is an AMD General so is seems right. I'm considering upgrading my current AMD gaming machine. Though I'm not certain where the best place to start. I'm still rocking a Asus 900 series board with FX-6100 Zambezi (OC 4.01GHz) along with 16 Gigs of Ram and an R9-270x. I believe my full build is in my profile. If not I'll fix that.

I figure getting another SSD and setting it up to raid 0 would be ideal. I'd like to get some insight from some other AMD users before I begin spending money. Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
post #2 of 13
How much money do you want to spend and what motherboard exactly are you using? What about power supply and monitor?

There are lots of things to upgrade if you have enough budget. smile.gif
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I don't see a computer build in your profile. To create a rig, go to your profile and select 'create a new rig'. after one is created, select 'edit signature' and at the bottom of the window add it by selecting the pull down list and there should be the rig at the top of the options.

After you get that up, I will be happy to help.
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Even without seeing your full system specs, I can tell you that you'd gain more performance by replacing the Faildozer with a Piledriver FX than you would by going from one SSD to RAIDing two SSD's. The main purpose of an SSD is to remove the I/O bottleneck when you're loading programs into main memory from a slow mechanical HDD. Even the cheapest SSDs on the market today are very good at that task as long as you're using a TRIM-aware OS and don't overfill the drive.
     
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Thanks for replying.

I've gone ahead and added my current build to my signature. Honestly I typically don't like spending more than $200 on a single part. That said I will, if it's something that I know will last a while.
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well, if you want to stick with that board, you can just get a fx 8350 and get a significant boost. If you went with another board, you could go with the 8320e and overclock it.

edit: did some poking around...i was thinking it was a 4+2 phase design, apparently its 6+2. so it should work for a light overclock on an eight core...though the 8320e isnt on the supported cpu list. may be an oversight on the page. not sure.
Edited by PhillyB - 10/22/15 at 11:24am
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Don't bother running a raid setup on SSD's. You're not going to see a big enough improvement to justify it. If you're a gamer I'd go with a GPU. Your FX-6100 could handle a better card before it would start to bottleneck and at this point (correct me if I'm wrong) there aren't any games out there using 6-8 cores yet. If a better card is just to much for you then the FX-8320e or FX-8350 would be next if it was my list. But keep in mind, upgrading your CPU isn't going to do much for gaming. It would raise your minimum FPS a bit but not much else.
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Don't bother running a raid setup on SSD's. You're not going to see a big enough improvement to justify it. If you're a gamer I'd go with a GPU. Your FX-6100 could handle a better card before it would start to bottleneck and at this point (correct me if I'm wrong) there aren't any games out there using 6-8 cores yet. If a better card is just to much for you then the FX-8320e or FX-8350 would be next if it was my list. But keep in mind, upgrading your CPU isn't going to do much for gaming. It would raise your minimum FPS a bit but not much else.

I beg to differ, upgrading that CPU to a 83XX -9XXX will definitely be a step up from what he has, even at the same cpu speed
I should know, I have an 8350 and disabling 2 cores taught me this
recommend getting a used 290/X- approx. $200
Better CPU cooler 240 aio like H220x, glacer 240l v2 -$160max
Maybe a Samsung 500gb 850 evo- -$170
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post #9 of 13
diggiddi is correct. You want an 8 core FX for gaming. The minimum frame rates in particular are better which is important.

I suggest an 8320E with overclocking ($110 at Microcenter). Probably aim for 4.4 GHz with that CPU cooler.

Raid for ssds is not necessary.

If you don't want to spend more than $200 on individual parts then wait on upgrading the GPU or find a gently used 270X for crossfire.
Edited by superstition222 - 10/24/15 at 5:37pm
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An R9 200 Series means nothing as that can mean anything from a 270 to a 290X, you should specify what it is. You should also state how much RAM you have and which screen and resolution. These things will prevent you from having to explain again and again in the future.

I do agree, upgrading from an FX6100 to an 83xx will help greatly, not just in multitasking but also minimum frames. It will bring your CPU to the level of an i5 2500K, 3570K or 4560K. Your GPU, depending on your resolution or the visual settings you find acceptable, is not a bad card but you could look into a 290 or 290X as an upgrade that will last you a very long time.
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