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What video card can I go up to without my FX-6300 bottlenecking it?

#11ThisGuy101(Topic Creator)Posted 7/20/2014 9:50:51 PM
Is it a smart idea buying a used GPU from Amazon?
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#12DarkZV2BetaPosted 7/20/2014 10:05:42 PM
FX6300 will hold back a 290/x in almost everything in 1080p, and a 280/x in most things in 1080p.
People love to pretend that their favorite brand isn't doing terrible right now, but that just isn't the case. Especially with AMD GPUs, due to higher driver overhead, FX6300 will be the limiting factor in your experience for a lot of titles, and likely is already in some.
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#13ThisGuy101(Topic Creator)Posted 7/20/2014 10:19:07 PM
DarkZV2Beta posted...
FX6300 will hold back a 290/x in almost everything in 1080p, and a 280/x in most things in 1080p.
People love to pretend that their favorite brand isn't doing terrible right now, but that just isn't the case. Especially with AMD GPUs, due to higher driver overhead, FX6300 will be the limiting factor in your experience for a lot of titles, and likely is already in some.


Suppose I RMA'd, got a refund, and upgraded to the FX-8350? Intel isn't an option, as it's not compatible with my mobo.
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#14DarkZV2BetaPosted 7/20/2014 10:31:41 PM
8350 isn't any better off, as multithreaded performance isn't the issue.
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#15ThisGuy101(Topic Creator)Posted 7/20/2014 10:35:23 PM
DarkZV2Beta posted...
8350 isn't any better off, as multithreaded performance isn't the issue.


I've seen that a lot, tbh. Intel is better because of single threaded performance.

What's the point of having 6 cores whenever 90% of games will only use one or two at a time?

This type of stuff is why things were easier when I did consoles.
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AMD FX-6300 | Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ | Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600 | MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR
My first gaming rig
#16Freedan12Posted 7/20/2014 11:14:47 PM
ThisGuy101 posted...

AMD FX-6300 | Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ | Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600 | MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR.

Don't fall into the pc money trap.

If the games you want to play will run at an acceptable setting to you on your current rig, ask yourself why do you need an upgrade.

Watch this youtube vid before making up your mind.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TiRg5X7OM0
#17ThisGuy101(Topic Creator)Posted 7/20/2014 11:19:55 PM
Freedan12 posted...
ThisGuy101 posted...

AMD FX-6300 | Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ | Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600 | MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR.

Don't fall into the pc money trap.

If the games you want to play will run at an acceptable setting to you on your current rig, ask yourself why do you need an upgrade.

Watch this youtube vid before making up your mind.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TiRg5X7OM0


Because I'd like to play games at high or ultra settings at 60 FPS. That barely works for a 2 year old game like Alan Wake, so how's it gonna work for a next-gen game? I don't have any games that came out this gen yet. My entire library is summer sale games and indies like Amnesia/Euro Truck simulator. Which this rig also can't max out at 60.

That's why I want to improve.
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AMD FX-6300 | Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ | Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600 | MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR
My first gaming rig
#18JiazhenPosted 7/21/2014 12:14:35 AM
ThisGuy101 posted...
Freedan12 posted...
ThisGuy101 posted...

AMD FX-6300 | Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ | Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600 | MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR.

Don't fall into the pc money trap.

If the games you want to play will run at an acceptable setting to you on your current rig, ask yourself why do you need an upgrade.

Watch this youtube vid before making up your mind.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TiRg5X7OM0


Because I'd like to play games at high or ultra settings at 60 FPS. That barely works for a 2 year old game like Alan Wake, so how's it gonna work for a next-gen game? I don't have any games that came out this gen yet. My entire library is summer sale games and indies like Amnesia/Euro Truck simulator. Which this rig also can't max out at 60.

That's why I want to improve.


Maybe its time to step away from a consoles mindset. PC games are not split in generations. By your logic Crysis would be around 10 generations old yet it still looks better than most current games. At this rate its not even certain that other games in the next 5 years will look more impressive than crysis.

your reason to improve sounds ridiculously costly as the 280 and 290 life-cycle is already nearing its end.
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#19Freedan12Posted 7/21/2014 3:10:47 AM
ThisGuy101 posted...
Because I'd like to play games at high or ultra settings at 60 FPS. That barely works for a 2 year old game like Alan Wake, so how's it gonna work for a next-gen game? I don't have any games that came out this gen yet. My entire library is summer sale games and indies like Amnesia/Euro Truck simulator. Which this rig also can't max out at 60.

That's why I want to improve.

Are you willing/able to pay for Max settings at 60+ FPS?
#20reincarnator07Posted 7/21/2014 4:31:22 AM
Isn't the 270x pretty much an HD7870? With the exception of stuff like Watch_Dogs, BF4 or Tomb Raider, mine maxes pretty much everything at 1080p 60fps with 4xAA. I'd wager that the majority of titles your GPU struggles with, your CPU will also struggle with.
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