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Currently I have a FX-6100 and a GTX 770 (feels like ancient hardware now days). I was considering buying a RX 480 and it seems to me from research that a 6100 couldn't really work well with that GPU. So my question is should I get a new CPU like the 8350 instead of the RX 480? If so, do you think that would give me an FPS boost with the 770 or would it not give any gains?
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I'd like to ask whether you have spare funds that you rather spend than save ? I asked becoz with your current set up, spending on a new processor on a dead socket would not be a good investment. AMD plans to release Zen next Qtr that would give significant uplift to their product stack in terms of performance compared to Intel. It is then when I'd choose whether to upgrade the platform as I can get more performance for money from either camp.

If you face trouble running any of your current applications, I'd get the third party 480. Its a better card for the money compared to 1060 if you want to take advantage of games in the future.
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I'd like to ask whether you have spare funds that you rather spend than save ? I asked becoz with your current set up, spending on a new processor on a dead socket would not be a good investment. AMD plans to release Zen next Qtr that would give significant uplift to their product stack in terms of performance compared to Intel. It is then when I'd choose whether to upgrade the platform as I can get more performance for money from either camp.

If you face trouble running any of your current applications, I'd get the third party 480. Its a better card for the money compared to 1060 if you want to take advantage of games in the future.

I don't have the funds to do AM4 when it release. So it's a dilemma here. I don't want to spend money to get a new GPU if I don't have with CPU horsepower to run along side it.
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Its a dilemma to suggest a new processor at full price for a platform which performs worse than lowest end chip from current intel line up. If you are going to set aside cash for either a GPU or a CPU upgrade, I'd say to hold onto that till year end when you'd be having much better choice on the CPU front (If your CPU is causing trouble) or GPU front (if your VGA card is not upto snuff)
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I have no advice on the main subject, since i don't know enough about GPUs and how your Bulldozer bottlenecks them or not. However a price advice. If you buy Vishera, you shouldn't buy 8350. You should buy the cheapest you can find (8320E or 8300 usually) and overclock it yourself. It's very easy and it's not worth it to pay for 8350 when these are unlocked and can overclock to 4.5Ghz without much effort (it's mostly the motherboard that will stop you from going to 4.5).
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I'm sorry to say but that board of yours (ASUS M5A88-M) is nowhere near good enough to OC.

 

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A88M/

 

The VRM's have no heatsink and I assume not of the best quality. This board is using an older chipset that was made for Phenom's not BD or Vishera so I would either get a new board and OC that CPU of yours or, if you intend to keep the board, not OC at all.

 

If you do try to OC you are taking a risk that might result in the death of your system in a fire (literally).

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Firstly, it's good that you are considering an upgrade CPU wise. In your case if you had to choose between one, I would suggest you purchase the GTX 480 as that will result in better performance in games than by upgrading to an FX 8*** core CPU and retaining your present GPU. Coming to your mobo, I see it's a 4+1 vrm layout with no heatsinks. The other major problem is that the mobo only has a 4 pin power input from the PSU, which means you will be somewhat limited when it comes to overclocking not only by the vrms of your motherboard but also by the amount of power that your mobo can draw from your PSU. The RX 480 will be quite a respectable upgrade from what you currently have. I've noticed that at higher resolutions CPUs don't matter as much as the GPUs are already getting a good work out. If you do consider overclocking your present FX 6100, you're going to need vrm heatsinks and a fan to provide active cooling to the vrm area of your motherboard. Don't go crazy on the voltage and ensure that you have a decent cooler. The cooler your chip is, the happier your motherboard will be leading to better overall stability. If I were you and was mainly concentrating on boosting performance in games, I'd go for the GPU upgrade in a heart beat. biggrin.gif
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My 6100 has been OCd to 4 GHz for quite some time now, sorry I forgot to mention that. I haven't really looked at my VRM temperatures. The 8350 is on the list of compatible CPUs for my board. I wouldn't over clock the 8350 though if I got it.
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I still play older games too by the way.

It wouldn't let me edit the last post.
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Currently I have a FX-6100 and a GTX 770 (feels like ancient hardware now days). I was considering buying a RX 480 and it seems to me from research that a 6100 couldn't really work well with that GPU. So my question is should I get a new CPU like the 8350 instead of the RX 480? If so, do you think that would give me an FPS boost with the 770 or would it not give any gains?

What are you shooting for, framerate wise? 60 fps? 1080p or 1440p? If so, you should be fine with an 8350 and an RX 480. Rather than run a bunch of benchmarks for you, someone posted a video about this very configuration a few weeks ago on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMWBMVDqKt8

Oh, and if you overclock the 8350 to 4.5 GHz, you should have no problems.
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