After the recent success of my own build a friend as asked me to put together a rig for them to use for gaimg. We have some of the parts already, including an ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0, Patriot Viper 1866 8Gb RAM (4x2), 7870 OC GPU, a Samsung 840 120Gb SSD, 1Tb WD Black, Antec 300 two, TX650 Corsair PSU.
There is enough money left for one of the two following options for the CPU:
FX-6300 with a Corsair H55 - intend to overclock as much as possible with this set up.
FX-8350 with stock cooler - won't overclock this set up.
They work out at about the same price in Australia, and we can't get our hands on an FX-8320 (supplier is out at the moment here).
Which would be the best way to go for gaming? Would the H55 do well? The H60 is just outside of budget range.
Corsair H55/60 are both crappy toys that you'll most certainly regret, none of these is suited for overclocking, as they perform less than mainstream air coolers.
Minimum is Corsair H80 (thick radiator) with performance enhancing mods (higher performance fans and CPU block lapping), and than you'll only be able to get a mild overclock.
The stock cooler by AMD is not bad, but it's the bare minimum for the FX-8350, and I wouldn't recommend it if you live in an area where it gets really hot.
Unless you'll be doing live gameplay streaming or video editing, I'd definitely go for the FX6300 and a nice air cooler like the Scythe Grand Kama Cross Rev.B which is not that expensive but delivers really good cooling performance, also for motherboard components, which is important for AMD CPU's, because they use more power and dissipate more heat, especially when overclocked, and that makes the motherboard run hotter. An FX6300 will never bottleneck an FX 7870, it's avery capable processor, and it will have a longer life expectancy than the FX8350.
If it really gets that hot over there then I wouldn't chance over clocking with any of these coolers. If you are gonna OC in a really hot environment then I would suggest a custom water build. Stock speeds for an 8350 and a 7870 is more than adequate to run games at high settings anyway. You should look at over clocking your system to squeeze out enough juice because you are lagging in the performance realm. Trust me - there is more than enough umph for your CPU and GPU to handle the latest titles.