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Edit - price gone up to £117.45, matching ebuyer, for now, but still decent for a FX 8350 which, higher binned than the FX 8320, often but not always achieves marginally higher over clocks by, on average, if you get a good sample, 200MHz) but in most benchmark reviews still a good choice if you want to build a box for rendering/video encoding. For games, AMD FX and Intel both have games that they beat each other in benchmarks on. Make a list of your preferred games and you can quickly whittle down your choice based on the benchmarks for both. If you go the AMD route, with the money saved you can get a better graphics card or a third party cooler and overclock, if your motherboard supports it.
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#1
Im looking at building a gaming computer and have barely any expereince, but keep looking at this processor, will it be good enough / capable alongside a good enough GPU?
#2
Hot! I posted it at £117 just the other day but this is even better.
#3
WitnessGoals
Im looking at building a gaming computer and have barely any expereince, but keep looking at this processor, will it be good enough / capable alongside a good enough GPU?


Yes this would be more than good enough. The 6300 is a sweet spot for gaming only. The 8350 is very capable if you want to do livestreaming and editing gameplay etc
#4
jojow158
WitnessGoals
Im looking at building a gaming computer and have barely any expereince, but keep looking at this processor, will it be good enough / capable alongside a good enough GPU?

Yes this would be more than good enough. The 6300 is a sweet spot for gaming only. The 8350 is very capable if you want to do livestreaming and editing gameplay etc


Thank you, Im currently playing with flubit seeing if they can offer me it any lower, lowest they have offered at moment is £107.79, Needless to say i'd rather go with amazon on a discount like that :D
1 Like #5
WitnessGoals
Im looking at building a gaming computer and have barely any expereince, but keep looking at this processor, will it be good enough / capable alongside a good enough GPU?
People will argue about that endlessly but I'm keen to see both Intel and AMD deals go Hot because competition drives down prices, if not so much in the UK, but, you know... So, I decided to go for a relatively bullet-proof benchmark point in the FX 8350's favour. However great some of the new Intel i5's in the recent refresh of the Haswell CPU range, after pouring over hundreds of bar graphs, one area where the FX 8350 performed really well was in video work, offering great value for money, provided you aren't too concerned about the lack of M-ITX motherboards or any really good M-ATX aimed at over clockers. If you're not trying to build a small rig and you want to do more things than just game and you aren't too bothered about the lack of relatively new motherboards for the FX CPUs, I still think these are worth a build. If building just a gaming rig, I highly recommend making a list of your favourite recent games and games you are interested in and checking out the benchmarks for those games. Unfortunately the methodology between review sites, including the resolutions chosen, varies greatly but you can still draw up a weighted average for yourself. That, to me, seems more sensible than people yelling at each other, though it is usually good natured.
1 Like #6
Noclouds
That, to me, seems more sensible than people yelling at each other, though it is usually good natured.

YOU'RE CRAZY. AMD ROX. INTEL SUX. 'NUFF SAID. LATERS. :D
#7
with price drops like this it would seem they want to shift stock before a steam roller release?
Amd will not announce a steamroller release until it is almost ready for market as people will hold off buying this.

Cannot think of another reason since they a still selling well, thoughts?
#8
Just bought yesterday for 119 :(

Good price - Hot!

Edited By: sgs222 on Jul 24, 2014 15:08
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SaturnSymbolism2012
with price drops like this it would seem they want to shift stock before a steam roller release?
Amd will not announce a steamroller release until it is almost ready for market as people will hold off buying this.

Cannot think of another reason since they a still selling well, thoughts?
I think in terms of what's here, now, with the recent refresh of the Haswell range and people saying they might wait for the Broadwell in the Spring and meantime use an over clocked £46 G3258 as a stopgap CPU, AMD are starting to respond on price to tackle the avalanche of reviews and hype of the new Haswells. Though this Amazon deal doesn't appear to be a price match, as far as I can see, I have seen AMD prices start to fall elsewhere, too, so perhaps those downward price nudges, in this case quite a big nudge, are more than just dealers cutting their profits, which is great news for builders.
#10
That is a good point, trying to persuade future builders not to jump ship, especially for video encoders/etc.

Just a shame for gaming that can't fully use 8 cores, yet.
Very good deal though.
#11
jojow158
WitnessGoals
Im looking at building a gaming computer and have barely any expereince, but keep looking at this processor, will it be good enough / capable alongside a good enough GPU?

Yes this would be more than good enough. The 6300 is a sweet spot for gaming only. The 8350 is very capable if you want to do livestreaming and editing gameplay etc

I run one , over clocked by just 10 percent , Asus MB , 16gb of ram, a 3gb 7970 i bought on ebay for 100.00 basically very similar to a 280x with a 840 evo ssd , runs sweet and you can put that together for a pretty decent price , if you are upgrading a old system , just make sure you have a good PSU , i bought a EVGA 550w bronze one , works well ! Runs everything i throw at it , with excellent frame rates .
#12
Been told by my father that I would be better of going with the Intel I5 3570k for gaming at a slightly higher price, due to it benchmarking better in real world tests, and the fact the extra cores are wasted in gaming. Thanks for the help though people.
#13
WitnessGoals
Been told by my father that I would be better of going with the Intel I5 3570k for gaming at a slightly higher price, due to it benchmarking better in real world tests, and the fact the extra cores are wasted in gaming. Thanks for the help though people.

Well the i5-3570K is out of date, if you're buying new the current equivalent is the i5-4690K. And yes, it is a faster processor as you'd expect considering it's 50% more expensive.

p.s. If you do go for the more expensive model then you only need the K edition if you're interested in overclocking (you'll also need a Z87/Z97 motherboard and third party cooler), otherwise the normal i5-4690 offers identical performance (plus extra virtual machine support) and is ten or twenty quid cheaper.
#14
WitnessGoals
Been told by my father that I would be better of going with the Intel I5 3570k for gaming at a slightly higher price, due to it benchmarking better in real world tests, and the fact the extra cores are wasted in gaming. Thanks for the help though people.

Agreed with above, go Haswell with either the 4670K or 4690K. Pair it with a Z97 mobo and a decent cooler and you're all set.

The 8350 is a decent chip if you're spending all day in Sony Vegas or something else that can use all 8 threads. For gaming Intel is the only choice now. It's a pity that AMD can't compete now but c'est la vie.
#15
Awesome price! I bought an 8320 for £105 about a month ago :(
#16
Noclouds
SaturnSymbolism2012
with price drops like this it would seem they want to shift stock before a steam roller release?
Amd will not announce a steamroller release until it is almost ready for market as people will hold off buying this.

Cannot think of another reason since they a still selling well, thoughts?
I think in terms of what's here, now, with the recent refresh of the Haswell range and people saying they might wait for the Broadwell in the Spring and meantime use an over clocked £46 G3258 as a stopgap CPU, AMD are starting to respond on price to tackle the avalanche of reviews and hype of the new Haswells. Though this Amazon deal doesn't appear to be a price match, as far as I can see, I have seen AMD prices start to fall elsewhere, too, so perhaps those downward price nudges, in this case quite a big nudge, are more than just dealers cutting their profits, which is great news for builders.
http://www.tobidornot.com/wp-photo/upload/amd-fx8350-black-edition-8-core-processor.jpg

AMD doesnt really have any choice to focus on the lower-end market, their high-end CPUs still cannot match Intel offering.
#17
Finished my build for now, give up as of today too try and improve it anymore...

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/mdlomax/saved/VyPgXL
#18
upgraded my PC with this for £180 with a new mobo. now rocking bf4 at ultra settings. if you have money to burn get an Intel they get about an extra 3 fps for £50 with a 4670. I would rather invest the £50 on a better gfx card though you will get more out of it. Really if you look at benchmarks they are so close its doesn't matter with CPUs.
#19
Might I add also, despite not choosing to purchase this, I was waiting on a offer back from flubit all day...


They are willing to do it at £95.18, which is a saving of £14.81, and 13% should any of you wish to try and get them to match that.
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Definitely don't rule the FX8350 out for a gaming build because the FX 8350 is still a good all rounder and, being higher binned than the FX 8320, more consistent in achieving the high over clocks than the also excellent FX 8320. The reason I kept my description short is that I wanted to go with something that wasn't constantly argued over (where most gamers who slavishly follow the gaming forums and reviews know the games that favour AMD FX in benchmarks and those that favour i5, and wallop each other constantly with those respective benchmarks) the FX 8350's excellent benchmarks in video rendering. At £110, especially, even if you are missing out on some of the features of the newer Intel-based Z97 motherboards and are lacking in choice for smaller prime overclocker motherboards, the FX 8350 still gives you an excellent all-rounder at a price where the money saved can be put toward a better graphics card. Also, not a lot talked about but Asrock improved the situation for AMD with a recent refresh that matches the Z97 boards, feature for feature, the 1150 sound chip/codec, SSD M2 and even SATA Express, though we are waiting for drives to appear to take advantage of the latter.

http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.aspx?pn=990FX%20KILLER&referer=Froogle1&gclid=CMe96-Xm3r8CFcbJtAodMnMAbg

Reviews, translated through Google translate, with overclocking are a bit mixed, but sound was rated as superb and it's a premium board aimed squarely at gamers.
#21
Noclouds
WitnessGoals
Im looking at building a gaming computer and have barely any expereince, but keep looking at this processor, will it be good enough / capable alongside a good enough GPU?
People will argue about that endlessly but I'm keen to see both Intel and AMD deals go Hot because competition drives down prices, if not so much in the UK, but, you know... So, I decided to go for a relatively bullet-proof benchmark point in the FX 8350's favour. However great some of the new Intel i5's in the recent refresh of the Haswell CPU range, after pouring over hundreds of bar graphs, one area where the FX 8350 performed really well was in video work, offering great value for money, provided you aren't too concerned about the lack of M-ITX motherboards or any really good M-ATX aimed at over clockers. If you're not trying to build a small rig and you want to do more things than just game and you aren't too bothered about the lack of relatively new motherboards for the FX CPUs, I still think these are worth a build. If building just a gaming rig, I highly recommend making a list of your favourite recent games and games you are interested in and checking out the benchmarks for those games. Unfortunately the methodology between review sites, including the resolutions chosen, varies greatly but you can still draw up a weighted average for yourself. That, to me, seems more sensible than people yelling at each other, though it is usually good natured.


why would you use a matx for overclocking? in fact why would you put this is an mitx or Matx board? that's the realm of the a series. or people who can't afford the atx boards .
#22
and mini machines :p
1 Like #23
You can't put it in a M-ITX board, there isn't that option for sale, as far I know. I don't have the inclination to build an Intel M-ITX build for myself, much as I like them, but that's because of the 16GB limitation and some reduced connectivity. Two of my own rigs use M-ATX boards with OC CPUs for video work. They are small enough that they are easy to transport. I have nothing against full-sized boards and cases but I prefer small-er rigs. If I was going to build a rig around a full water cooling loop to cool multiple graphics cards along with the CPU, that's when I would use a full sized ATX board and case, all those hard drive cages filled. That's not to say I couldn't use the extra feature set of some of the premium ATX boards, like Thunderbolt 2 on the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD7-TH. At the moment I couldn't afford the external Thunderbolt 2 storage to go with it.
#24
I5 instead !
#25
faster4233
why would you use a matx for overclocking? in fact why would you put this is an mitx or Matx board? that's the realm of the a series. or people who can't afford the atx boards .

That's a rather out of date view. These days motherboard manufacturers are making mATX boards that are just as good so the only reason to go for the bigger board is if you need the three more expansion slots.
#26
Glad it has now gone up, I was hovering over that buy it now button all day yesterday, and said to myself I will buy it tomorrow (today) if it was still that price, but its NOT. Phewwwww The OT would have moaned!! lol
#27
Good find. Heat added. Remember that this chip will only run two slots @ 1866Mhz and the other two @ 1333Mhz without overclocking on some motherboards.
1 Like #28
I have amended the price, still seems to be the best offer if you prefer Amazon uk to ebuyer.
#29
EndlessWaves
faster4233
why would you use a matx for overclocking? in fact why would you put this is an mitx or Matx board? that's the realm of the a series. or people who can't afford the atx boards .

That's a rather out of date view. These days motherboard manufacturers are making mATX boards that are just as good so the only reason to go for the bigger board is if you need the three more expansion slots.

mATX are for small cases, They generally have a compressed layout which isn't suited for Overclocking. Big coolers dont fit in small spaces and massive graphics cards dont fit in anything.
#30
8 cores.. should be good for virtualisation (home lab). As I already have a VMware cluster now thinking of setting up a separate setup for HyperV.
Thinking of either 1 machine running VMWare workstation with 2 nested HVs. Will this processor be enough - has anyone got an experience with this processor in that field?

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