Looking to upgrade my hardware, thoughts?

imho, the Coolmax PSU’s are caca. If you can, try n grab a better quality PSU, like corsair, evga, antec, …,those are atleast 80+ Bronze rated-min., with a “real” rma-warranty, and will last you and your components, a lot longer. :slight_smile:

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Well there is a 980g chipset according to AMD but I guess no motherboard companies use it anymore: http://www.amd.com/en-us/products/chipsets/9-series (the 3rd one).

Noted about the PSU, you’re not the first to bring that up. Will definitely be changing that to a different one

How do you guys feel about the RX460 2GB GDDR5? I can get one for about $100 which will just stretch my budget a little

Edit: or should I go with the GTX 750 Ti?

Also, excellent advice so far, I greatly appreciate it!

if you mean comapred to your exusting “GT 610”, then lol, anything is better, especially an RX460. or a GTX-750 Ti
But don’t skimp on that PSU, as I mentioned before, 'cause you’re gonna need it now.
Games-wise,in Linux, I would lean more towards the GTX-750,Ti, but then again, depending on AMDGPU drivers, <- @anon35400795 needs to chime in here, … ?

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I actually found a slightly different configuration including a FX6300 black edition and an evga 500w PSU for $260 through Amazon so I may go with that just for the better PSU

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Lucky you. :wink:

This is what I have decided on. It’s a bit higher than I wanted but I think will be worth it.

Edit: I didn’t realize I went down to 8GB RAM instead of 16GB RAM… The reason I changed it in the first place is because the original item I wanted was temp out of stock. Should I just stick with the 8GB or go with 16GB? I plan on making my order in 2 weeks.


definitely the RX 460 because of better driver support. Nvidia is causing more and more troubles with their only closed source drivers policy. AMD has gone full opensource over 1 year ago, and since then, the opensource drivers are great for gaming.

8GB of RAM is “enough” for now, you can always upgrade later on. You should really get faster RAM though. The FX series uses 1866MHz.
I am using a G.Skill F3-2400C10D-8GTX (G.Skill TridentX 2400MHz) because it is cheaper than 1866MHz (at least it was when I bought it)


I just swapped the 1050 for the RX 460 and changed the memory to Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 DRAM 2400MHz C11 Memory Kit 1.65V.

Thanks all so much for the advice. Rent is due this week but will be ordering on the 10th when I get paid next and will update the thread

Edit, changed my mind and went with G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400MHZ Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C11D-8GXM instead

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you could check if a RX460 with 4GB memory is in your range. The more in memory would be noticeable already.


FX6300 is a definite improvement, RAM is easy to upgrade, and definitely go with AMD graphics. I woul dplug those into the PC Part Picker and make sure the power supply is sufficient for that combination of card, mobo, and cpu. Especially since the FX6300 can be overclocked quite nicely. Good inexpensive build. I did have one question, is your existing case a micro atx or atx? Just curious.

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Yes, the FX-6300 overclocks nicely, but I never needed to use it: :slight_smile:

System:    Host: manjaro Kernel: 4.9.6-1-MANJARO x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.8.5 Distro: Manjaro Linux
Machine:   Device: desktop System: Gigabyte product: N/A
           Mobo: Gigabyte model: 970A-UD3P v: x.x UEFI: American Megatrends v: FC date: 02/26/2016
CPU:       Hexa core AMD FX-6300 Six-Core (-MCP-) cache: 12288 KB 
           clock speeds: max: 4018 MHz 1: 4018 MHz 2: 4018 MHz 3: 4018 MHz 4: 4018 MHz 5: 4018 MHz 6: 4018 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Cape Verde PRO [Radeon HD 7750/8740 / R7 250E]
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.1 driver: radeon Resolution: 1680x1050@59.95hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD CAPE VERDE (DRM 2.48.0 / 4.9.6-1-MANJARO, LLVM 3.9.1)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 13.0.3
Audio:     Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Cape Verde/Pitcairn HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 7700/7800 Series]
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.9.6-1-MANJARO
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169
           IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: fc:aa:14:cd:dc:c3
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 3328.7GB (0.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST3000DM001 size: 3000.6GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: ST3320620AS size: 320.1GB
           ID-3: USB /dev/sdc model: DataTraveler_102 size: 8.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 12G used: 75M (1%) fs: overlay dev: N/A
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.19GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb2
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 18.5C mobo: N/A gpu: 43.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 178 Uptime: 5 min Memory: 598.7/16034.0MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.8

-nice choice with that RX460. You’ll enjoy it. :alien:

I too now wish I went for 8G-2400MHz ram, instead of 16G-1866MHz
Also, I wish I went for the Asus MB, similar to yours, instead of this hardwarer-bugged Gigabyte 970 MB chipset:

Alas, too much wishing :smile:

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How come your CPU is at 18.5 Celsius? What’s your ambient temp?

Lol, that’s just some false-positives from this Gigafscked Motherboard.
When I set CPU freq’s back to default/auto, the CPU temp goes back up to 29 Celius, which I also don’t believe.


I’m also not a fan of CPU overclocking. The gains are mostly slim, except some specific scenarios, and there’s heat and fan noise to consider. It can be great fun though (or head ache).


agree, I normally leave it Auto, with Turbo mode enabled, and the CPU scales up n down nicely if it needs to, for example, when pushing benchmarks …


that’s actually a problem that occurs on almost all FX CPU’s, no matter which board is used.
As soon as the CPU has some load, it goes to believable values:

System: Host: BS86-PC Kernel: 4.9.6-1-MANJARO x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.8.5 Distro: Manjaro Linux Machine: Device: desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: CROSSHAIR V FORMULA-Z v: Rev 1.xx BIOS: American Megatrends v: 2201 date: 03/23/2015 CPU: Octa core AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core (-MCP-) cache: 16384 KB clock speeds: max: 4000 MHz 1: 4000 MHz 2: 1400 MHz 3: 2100 MHz 4: 2100 MHz 5: 2100 MHz 6: 2100 MHz 7: 2100 MHz 8: 2100 MHz Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Ellesmere [Radeon RX 470/480] Display Server: X.Org 1.19.1 driver: amdgpu Resolution: 2560x1440@143.86hz GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD POLARIS10 (DRM 3.8.0 / 4.9.6-1-MANJARO, LLVM 3.9.1) GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 13.0.3 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 44.1C mobo: N/A gpu: 51.0 Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0

Currently running Stellaris + VLC playback + Vivaldi

I seriously think something is wrong with your board though, or are you calculating something on all cores? Usually the cores should have lower and different values.

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Na, Nothing wrong with the board, but you may be right about the false temps. I just did an overclock, to show how well the FX-6300 overclocks, for me anyway. and it never overheats. Under load the cpu fan revs up a teeny bit, but does get warm, when all 6 cores are at about 4 Ghz.
that’s all.


It’s micro ATX if I remember correctly, as my current mobo is micro ATX form factor

Edit: Just did your advice and ran through pcpartpicker with the addition of my optical and hard drives, 260w required, and I almost never OC so that 500w should be good

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