Change or not to Change to Amd FX- Series

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Beanheadz
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Well.. right now i have this computer...

Procesor - Athlon II X4 2.8
MotherBorad - GA880GM-u2h Am3 (not Am3+)
3 gigs of Ram DDR3
nIVIDIA Geforce 240

in a couple of days i will get some money.. i have saving in my work like 250 dll
and i wana upgrate my computer for u know.. be kinda prepare for the new games are coming out...

i was looking for some Phenom II X6 1090T but dosent excist any more...
and i just can find the

Amd - FX-8120 and i have to buy a new motherboard fot it..

and I find the Phenom II X4 965 125W BLACK EDITION.. and i dont need to buy a motherboard.. and i can upgrade my video card..

I dont wana spend money every time AMD wants to test some new technology..

so the question is...

Its money well spend with the FX-8120??
its a realy big change?
Phenom II Stills a nice procesor to have for gaming for a couple of years to come i dont know a 3 years meaby??

Help Plz

spawnkiller
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Overclock the Phenom to the max and buy a new graphic card... i also suggest windows 7 to use your 4 cores (if not already the case) and a little more ram and a 64bit OS (a 4-8gb is really fine for ram)

I don't think the 180-200$ worth it for the FX8120... simply because if you can find a 1055t or better it'll be faster 90% of the time...

The FX-8120 is roughly 2 times your current X4 but in games, i think that's really your 240 that blocks you... (if you have a friend that have a better GPU, just try it, i'm sure the 200$ will be better on that component and you can keep it for your next rig...)

My core 2 quad Q6600 still run all games fine for now (including BF3) so i think your phenom x4 should too even at stock speed, it shouldn't be a bottleneck in a single GPU setup (however i suggest you to overclock to reach the max performance of this CPU)...

The only case the FX-8120 will be noticeably faster is in multitasking (if you do more than 4 task at the same time cause you already have 4 core)

Maybe you could consider a SSD for windows partition (60-120gb is fine), it will dramatically increase the response of your machine !!! Best thing i had do in the past years for my pc !!!

PS: Please take note that most of the current games don't even use 4 cores (except a few like BF3 however you can still play with a dual core cpu so...) For me: I'll keep my Q6600 for a years or two and change after that, cause it can run all the games that i want and still perform very well in all day task...

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Beanheadz
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Thanx Spawnkiller.... owesome awnser! and sorry for my english.. is not my real leanguage..

Thanx again!

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not my language too ;)

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Spawnkiller is right, for gaming the AMD-FX (Bulldozer core Zambezi microarchitecture) is not the top dog. The Athlon II / Phenom II platforms will beat it, core to core. The 8x FX chips benefit on multi-processing via extended multi-threading, but again Windows 8 or newer Linux kernels are needed to properly control this feature, and most (if not all) games are not written to use more than 4 cores effectively.

The current 8-core FX CPUs are intended for heavy processing (ex: video rendering), and for simpler tasks will continue to be slower than the earlier AMD CPUs and the Intel i5/i7 platforms.

If you are looking for a system that will be multi-purpose and playing games as well as heavy processing applications, I recommend you wait until the Vishera APUs are released (FX-8320 and FX-8350). These will be enhanced 8x CPUs with Piledriver-type microarchitecture that will compete Ghz-to-Ghz with the Athlon-II / Phenom II, and still have the multi-threading capabilities of the current 8x CPUs. These APUs will unfortunately need new motherboards as they also embed a Radeon HD 7000 series GPU, though details on configuration hasn't yet been released. I do not know if the current FM1 socket will be used, or if another is being developed for release.

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I believe the new Vishera will be on the AM3+ socket, at lease from what I've read reading around. The 'Vishera' should be on AM3+ with the Trinty will be on the new FM2. What is confusing me is that why are they releasing the 'Vishera' "APU" on the AM3+ socket and having the Trinity on the FM2? I'm assuming that some websites are getting confused with the Vishera being an APU? I did find a AMD roadmap, would make sense if Vishera is replacing the bulldozer and Trinity replacing Llano though.