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FX-6300 OC'd to 4.4GHz, how much of a bottleneck is it for me?

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I've had this computer for a while, and seeing a sale on the i5-6600k really tempted a demon inside me to get it.

I was planning on upgrading my graphics card, but I realized that my CPU isn't exactly the greatest thing in the world. I'm not even sure if it would bottleneck the games I play (CSGO, BnS, DotA2, Fallout, Skyrim).

If I upgrade to the i5, I would need to purchase a new mobo, new ram, and that would mean about a ~$600 cost CDN. I don't really want to go down this path, unless I expect to see a good performance boost out of it.

If let's say I get a GTX 1060, how would it fare with my FX-6300 @ 4.4GHz?

Also, I overclocked my CPU a long time ago, and I set it so that when the computer is idle the core speed and voltage drops (so it doesn't stay 4.4GHz 24/7). Does this affect performance in anyway? Like maybe I'm playing a game and it suddenly drops or maybe inconsistent performance?

Thanks
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Since you're talking about an MMO and Skyrim it looks like you're not going to be spending all of your time with highly-threaded games. AMD FX performs best with games that use more cores and threads. MMOs in particular (like SWTOR), and stuff like Starcraft, are worst-case scenario examples. I don't know if there are any multicore highly threaded MMOs yet of note.

If you have a high enough quality motherboard, power supply, RAM, and CPU cooler you'll get more bang for your buck by replacing your processor with the cheapest 8 core you can find and overclocking that. The 8 core chips have 4 FPU units which helps with gaming. However, it's easier to get a 6 core to 4.4 so if your stuff isn't up to par with dealing with the heat an 8 core puts out at 4.4 or a bit higher then it's going to be more expensive to replace more components.

The best course of action, provided you can tolerate the performance of your current system (plus the new GPU) is to wait until Kaby Lake and Zen are both on the market. That's going to be the best time, by far, to make a decision about a new system.

Since you're talking about a 1060 rather than a 1070 or 1080 I think you'll be OK with your CPU for a while while you wait for those two products to come out. Another possibility, if your hardware can handle it (cooler, PSU, case cooling) is to up the speed of that 6300. How about trying for 4.7 GHz? Increasing your clock will help with single thread performance which is what some of your games really favor. You'll also want your RAM to be at least 1600 speed and CAS 9.

If you decide you can't wait for a total system replacement then get a Broadwell 5675C and a cheap AsRock board. The EDRAM in Broadwell makes it efficient for gaming and you'll be able to use your existing RAM. Overclock the EDRAM to 2000 (no higher). I would still wait for Kaby and Zen to hit, though.
Edited by superstition222 - 8/17/16 at 11:20pm
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For most people in a budget oriented situation, there is always some bottle neck one way or the other. It's a chase of the tail.
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computer is idle the core speed and voltage drops (so it doesn't stay 4.4GHz 24/7). Does this affect performance in anyway?

Nope none at all. Keeps things cool and quiet. Processor boosts when required to higher Pstates when in heavy use. No problem.

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If I upgrade to the i5, I would need to purchase a new mobo, new ram, and that would mean about a ~$600 cost CDN. I don't really want to go down this path, unless I expect to see a good performance boost out of it

Funny you mention something like this. Recently went from FX-9590 to i5 4690K. Performance boost was pretty good considering the major clock difference. 5ghz FX (liquid cooled) vs 4.2ghz i5 (air cooled)
You will see a very vast difference playing CSGO for sure because this game is very single core IPC intense. You'll nearly double the frame rates.....

But as suggested by Superstition222, I agree about the wait till new tech comes out. That will drive older tech prices down (and availability) and help you decide what new hardware to get into.

ZEN is supposed to be around haswell performance give or take.... meanwhile Intel will be releasing it's most powerful desktop offering ever created the Kaby Lake processor. It is said to be able to play Overwatch without a GPU and that kind of power hasn't been seen in years even though it was done in the past, but not accomplished with current games.

In the end, pretty much anything you do as an "upgrade" will bring you a better gaming experience. Even if you where to buy a 1060 and had some bottle neck, it will definitely game better than a GTX 760 for example even with the same current FX 6 core processor you have now.

Good luck on your decisions. upgrading PC is a never ending process. tongue.gif
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AMD's Vega GPU line should also be coming out fairly shortly so a 1060 may also not be the smartest move at the moment.

Aside from Intel CPUs, the 16/14nm revolution is just beginning. At least AMD forced Nvidia to try to compete in the midrange market with the 480/470, though.
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I've been running my FX 6300 @4.4 ghz for a while
and with my RX 480 it bottlenecks in a few games for example GTA V and project cars

I wouldn't recommend it for CPU intensive games.
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Yes, a 1060 is not exactly an ideally paired card for a 6300, but it depends on what you are coming from now. What gpu do you currently have?

Also, Nvidia gpu's have less driver overhead so they actually are recommended for FX based cpus, especially when playing games like you mentioned.
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