I've said it before, I'll say it again: DaddyO is AWESOME.
Okay, so I've read your fabulously lengthy reply, which brought much enlightenment but also spawned more Qs (of course
I'm on a budget, for sure, otherwise I wouldn't be trying to bootstrap this thing.
My motherboard's maxed out at 16GB, and unless I'm hopelessly hosed here by 16GB I don't intend to swap it. My thinking is if I get a new mobo I should get something AM4 so there's more longevity. But hoping to avoid $$ for mobo, which probably cascades into more memory, and $$$$.
So hoping to milk this rig for another couple years for the $200 cost of new CPU.
I don't intend to overclock, so was considering a CPU/cooler bundle, on the premise that an OE cooler should be up to the task.
AMD FX-8350 8-Core Black Edition 4GHz with stock fan: https://www.amazon.com/AMD-FD8350FRHKBO ... 009O7YUF6/
AMD FX-8350 8-Core 4GHz with Wraith Cooler: https://www.amazon.com/AMD-FD8350FRHKHB ... 01EVMCXJ8/
If stock cooling is really sub-par at stock clock speeds, PC Gamer (formerly Maximum PC
, which I once subscribed to and eagerly devoured when I was almost knowledge-current re: PCs) likes the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, which looks like a single-fan (and less bulky) version of your Cooler Master Hyper 212X: https://www.pcgamer.com/cooler-masters- ... rice-ever/
And NewEgg has it for $35: https://www.newegg.com/cooler-master-hy ... 6835103099
Would like to avoid liquid cooling. Noise isn't an issue since this rig is just for games and not powered up all day. And I game wearing these, which effectively strip out fan noise
Where I fall down is trying to figure out the real-world differences between the variously numbered processors—Black Edition this, Vishera that (what is Vishera, anyhow? Sounds like a mythic realm of horned helmets and endless mead).
My GPU: https://www.asus.com/us/Graphics-Cards/ ... X1070-O8G/
Which I believe is bottlenecked by the PCIe 2.0 slot. But since I'm only running 1080p I think that buys me a fair amount of fps since there are fewer pixels to manipulate.
Any advice, re: which of these two CPUs? Or if there's an alternate in about the same price range?
I'm not averse to reconditioned or used, so long as there's a safe/reasonable return policy. I've had good luck going that route so far (it'll bite me eventually, but for now I'm still okay with it).
And thank you, Fearless Leader. Your knowledge—and helpfulness—make you an RAF legend. And my hero.
...and I'll admit, to my embarrassment and dismay, that I somehow replied to this as if it came from Raven when it was, in fact, RAF Supreme Commander DaddyO. I have fixed my reply, and will now go clean latrines with my toothbrush.