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Just wanna ask a few questions ladies and gents. Firstly I have an old rig with a Phenom II X3 710 and a 6870 I use for music production and some gaming(R6:Seige, Insurgency, ect) when my bother stops by. I mainly use it for music production though I do a lot of metal tracks with lots of layers/tracks and VSTs with REAPER DAW. Once I get over about 32 tracks, all 3 cores get pegged and I start to get some major stutter and have to turn off some effects to get it to play right again.

I've been thinking about throwing a better CPU in there. This week I saw the FX 8300 on sale for 80$ granted its not a Ryzen but its a cheap upgrade. I kinda impulse bought it. It will be better for my applications yes?

Also wanna OC it. Gonna throw a ARCTIC Freezer on it. Is the safe temp 60C-ish like the other AMDs I've had?

Anyone have any experience OCing it?

Thanks for the help!
    
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Will be a great update. The 4M and 8 Thread FX-8300 have good performance in multi thread app´s and will be much faster than your old X3 710...

However you must be sure your mother board is capable to handle this processor... Perhaps a BIOS update is needed to run the new CPU...

Also, regarding overclocking, FX-8XXX are 125W CPU´s and need a good motherboard/VRM layout (check the motherboard VRM phase count) to archieve a proper overclock,

You can always put a fan in the VRM and try to get a good 4.0/4.2 overclock... It will run nice your app´s.

Be carefull to not burn anything,

Good Luck !

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Will be a great update. The 4M and 8 Thread FX-8300 have good performance in multi thread app´s and will be much faster than your old X3 710...

However you must be sure your mother board is capable to handle this processor... Perhaps a BIOS update is needed to run the new CPU...

Also, regarding overclocking, FX-8XXX are 125W CPU´s and need a good motherboard/VRM layout (check the motherboard VRM phase count) to archieve a proper overclock,

You can always put a fan in the VRM and try to get a good 4.0/4.2 overclock... It will run nice your app´s.

Be carefull to not burn anything,

Good Luck !

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1+ Thanks bud. The board is Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P. Its fairly new, I got it for 20$ last year at my old job. Probably a good idea to update the BIOS anyway if there is an update.

I think....The 8300 FX is a 95W TDP btw.

What the safe max volts anyone know?
    
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About the max safe voltage, you will be fine up to 1.45v to 24/7 usage (load voltage).... No problems at all...

Again it will be very important to cool down the motherboard VRM section... The GA-970A-D3P have a good heatsink on the VRM, so you just need to install a FAN to blown some air on it...

You will be fine and this will avoid throttling problems once the CPU is overclocked. Also disable windows core parking, FX-8XXX do not like this feature...

And you are correct, the FX-8300 is 95W ! My mistake....

Good luck dude !

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About the max safe voltage, you will be fine up to 1.45v to 24/7 usage (load voltage).... No problems at all...

Again it will be very important to cool down the motherboard VRM section... The GA-970A-D3P have a good heatsink on the VRM, so you just need to install a FAN to blown some air on it...

Yes thats a good idea, I dunno why VRM cooling is always inadequate for AMD. No real official way to cool it either. What do you do usually? Strap a fan on it?
    
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Vrm cooling is bad on FX boards because the manufacturers cheap out on them. The best boards are only ok and the cheap boards are firetraps.

An Arctic cooler is a good choice. It is weak enough that as long as temps are kept below 62-65C then the voltage will also be low enough to hopefully not ruin the board.
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You can strap a cheap 40x40mm fan on it (with 3 pin connector) and check speed´s while using Windows.... It´s cool...

Or you can adapt something, more or less like this:


One way or another, it will solve the problem.

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Yes thats a good idea, I dunno why VRM cooling is always inadequate for AMD. No real official way to cool it either. What do you do usually? Strap a fan on it?

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Or you can adapt something, more or less like this:


How does that work without a CPU? biggrin.gif

Thats pretty slick actually. A bit cumbersome though.
    
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Faith dude !!! A lot of faith !

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Will be dropping this in tomorrow! Hope I will get some better game performance with this old 6870. I'm thinking the Phenom II X3 710 was a major bottleneck.
    
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