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    Best amd processor for $130

    Im narrowing down my parts. Have some of them on me, some in the mail and Im stuck on my cpu,motherboard and video card. Im looking to spend up to $130 for an amd cpu. Im not sure if I should get the Phenom quad or the Zambezi 6 core (or any others that I didnt consider).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ame=AMD&Page=1

    Link to the amd section.

    Also looking for suggestions to a $100ish mobo (asus pref) and a 150ish card.

    I already got my budget Corsair case /psu and o/s.
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    FX-6300 on amazon or tigerdirect.

    not sure who has better shipping
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    Are you totally set on AMD? If you got an i5-3350P, you'd have a better CPU than any of the AMD's, for pretty much the same price.

    Or go with an i3, which is as good as the AMDs.. for cheaper, and have an upgrade path for an i5-3570K

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    No upgrade, better performance now, slightly higher price
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    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
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    Total: $245.78

    Upgrade path, slightly lower performance now, lower price up front
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    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Total: $211.34
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    Yeah, I forgot I made this. I went and made my order.

    ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+
    AMD FX-6300
    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
    Corsair Carbide 200R Case

    Was trying to keep it cheap but good. Think I did well.
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    Any reason why you ignored chazus excellent advice?
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    Ordered after I noticed he replyed. I doubt Ill stress my fx that much to warrent the price difference. Its not a brand pref as Im using a i7 930 right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teebo View Post
    Ordered after I noticed he replyed. I doubt Ill stress my fx that much to warrent the price difference. Its not a brand pref as Im using a i7 930 right now.
    Your i7-930 with a minor OC would outperform a fx-6300 in games. Why are you spending so much money on almost no upgrade?

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Produ...5.506.60.61.62 the 930 is a bit faster than the 920 in the comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n0cturnal View Post
    Your i7-930 with a minor OC would outperform a fx-6300 in games. Why are you spending so much money on almost no upgrade?

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Produ...5.506.60.61.62 the 930 is a bit faster than the 920 in the comparison.
    Push that 930 to 3.6-3.8GHz and it will stomp all over the 6300.

    On another note... if you no longer want your i7 930, I'll take it off your hands to replace my C0 920 that's basically maxed out at 3.8GHz. I live in Severn. :3

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    Its in a prebuilt and cant be oc and it is being sold to my brother, my whole set up.

    ---------- Post added 2013-02-20 at 07:00 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by shadowdeath9687 View Post
    Push that 930 to 3.6-3.8GHz and it will stomp all over the 6300.

    On another note... if you no longer want your i7 930, I'll take it off your hands to replace my C0 920 that's basically maxed out at 3.8GHz. I live in Severn. :3
    Nice, I have family that lives in Severn. Around the Quaterfield area.
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    >.<

    I guess that's that, then. Unfortunately, you'll have to get another motherboard and cpu -again- next time you upgrade. Which is what I was trying to help avoid. Oh well.
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    Its fine, I forgot to comeback and check here before I bought everything. Im happy with it overall though. Im sure it will be fine to awhile and when the time come to buy again Ill probably have more to spend.
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    The AMD 6300 are not bad CPUs at all. Infact certainly better and cheaper than the upgrade path of the i3 3220 build. Remember you can overclock the AMD 6300 and it will definitely beat the i3 3220. Also the upgrade path of the AMD build (I need confirmation on this) isn't too shabby either. He could upgrade to one of AMD's newer Steamroller CPUs in 2014 once they arrive. For gaming the AMD 8350 is a fine CPU, I would imagine an update on Vishera with Steamroller would be an ever finer choice, especially if Steamroller uses the AM3+ platform. That's also a fine motherboard you've chosen. Overall not a bad buy at all and one I would certainly be happy with for gaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drudgery View Post
    The AMD 6300 are not bad CPUs at all. Infact certainly better and cheaper than the upgrade path of the i3 3220 build. Remember you can overclock the AMD 6300 and it will definitely beat the i3 3220. Also the upgrade path of the AMD build (I need confirmation on this) isn't too shabby either. He could upgrade to one of AMD's newer Steamroller CPUs in 2014 once they arrive. For gaming the AMD 8350 is a fine CPU, I would imagine an update on Vishera with Steamroller would be an ever finer choice, especially if Steamroller uses the AM3+ platform. That's also a fine motherboard you've chosen. Overall not a bad buy at all and one I would certainly be happy with for gaming.
    The upgrade path of AMD (If they use AM3+ for the next CPU's aswell) looks at the moment better than intel tbh. 1155 is pretty much dead within a year, only usefull thing would be to buy a secondhand i5 for instance.

    As for the 6300, if you can overclock it to 4,5 - 5 GHz you got something that can beat the i3 and is just below some i5s
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...review-17.html

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    I think people put too much importance on upgrade paths, get the best you can right now and worry about the future when what you have isn't enough any more.
    It is really hard to predict how things will change in a few years and even if you buy a middle of the pack CPU now it should last you a few years, by then there is no guarantee that anything you buy now will be compatible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n0cturnal View Post
    I think people put too much importance on upgrade paths, get the best you can right now and worry about the future when what you have isn't enough any more.
    It is really hard to predict how things will change in a few years and even if you buy a middle of the pack CPU now it should last you a few years, by then there is no guarantee that anything you buy now will be compatible.
    I would agree with some of the points you've raised. I'm certainly in the camp of 'buy the best I can afford now' rather than thinking about upgrading. I think in terms of upgrades the most sensible and cheapest ones are always storage based ones which are RAM and HDD.

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