CPU Upgrade


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Alrighty, so I've been wanting to upgrade my CPU lately. I've been looking at the AMD FX-8350 but that runs at about $170. I've also been looking at the FX-6300 which is about $70 cheaper. I mainly use my computer for gaming, rarely do I render videos, or use photoshop. So basically what I'm wanting is a good cpu that will give me higher fps, performance, faster loading, blah blah. Is the 8350 really worth the extra 70 bucks for current games? I've read a few reviews and comparisons on people saying current games don't even use the 8 cores the 8350 provides. So would it be a better decision to go with the 6300? With my current motherboard I know I would have to upgrade it as well to be able to run the 8350. If they're any other cpu's below $170 that you guys think would be a better buy then let me know!

Here are my specs:

I'm running a Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

AMD FX-4130


Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3

8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 802MHz

465GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-00ERMA0 ATA Device (SATA)

Hopefully that's everything you need to give me a good idea. I'd rather not spend the money on a new motherboard, but if it's worth it, I will.

Also, if you guys have any suggestions on other upgrades, like my ram or hd, let me know!

Thank you.


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Also, I'm open to other cpu suggestions, even tempted to swtich to intel if it'll make my games smoother.


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Looking at your specs and checking the manufactures website, your motherboard can handle the AMD FX-8350 (Depending on which Revision number you have). You will most likely just have to do a BIOS update (which is not hard - just follow the instructions from the website). I personally have an AMD FX-6300 for my Gaming PC and I have no problems with it, but would switch to the FX-8350 if I had the opportunity.
If you are worrying about the $70 difference, then I would avoid thinking about changing over to Intel. You will have to buy a new motherboard and a new processor, and those together will be more than the $170 you would spend on the FX-8350.
My suggestion would be to buy the FX-8350 and then start saving for your next build (which could be an Intel based system if you are looking for future proofing). You go from the FX-4130 to the FX-8350, and you will notice a significant increase in performance. You should be able to get a couple years out of the FX-8350 before having to "upgrade" and by that time you should be able to have enough saved up for the Intel system. If you really cant swing the $70, then pick up the FX-6300. You will still see an increase in performance (just not as large of one if you went the FX-8350). Also, If you do pick up the FX-6300, I would suggest picking up an aftermarket cooler (I have the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus) for around $30. You can overclock the FX-6300 a good amount which will increase the performance also. I have mine overclocked to 4.3Ghz as stable, but have had it up to 4.65Ghz. The FX-8350 is also a strong contender for overclocking.
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