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May 24, 2013 5:17:17 AM

I recently purchased an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard, an Antec nine hundred case, Corsair H55 cooler, Corsair CX600 power supply, 2 4gb sticks of G Skill RipJaws X Series DDR31600 PC3 12800, and I am using my AMD Sapphire Radeon 6670 HD Graphics card. I debating on which processor to go with to complete my build. I am going to get either the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition or the AMD FX 6100. I am not afraid to overclock. I have read many reviews and lots seem to put down the FX but all the stats I see seem to show the 6100 SLIGHTLY outperforms the Phenom while running SLIGHTLY cooler and using less power. I am not a big gamer, I tend to use my PS3 for that. This build will primarly be used for running XBMC, Netflix, and Windows Media Center. I will dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. Thanks for the suggestions
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May 24, 2013 5:37:23 AM

If the performance is worth the difference (I doubt it for your uses), then the FX-6100 but I think the 965BE would work just as well for your needs (you could even go lesser) overclocking shouldn't be needed
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May 24, 2013 5:39:43 AM

Hi, Im Toby,

From expearence The FX 6100 Generates a Lot of power but is nearly in the Hundreds , personally I would buy a FX8350 or a FX6300.
But that is not the question that you asked, I would go for the fx but don't get the first generation bulldozer . My fx 8350 I got for £110 from a mate brand new (because he got given a top Intel cpu) and it is very very good at muti tasking got it at 4.7 z with a NHD14 great for Medea centers.

I know I went off topic but I hope the answer was of some use
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May 24, 2013 5:49:11 AM

23bobbyg said:
I recently purchased an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard, an Antec nine hundred case, Corsair H55 cooler, Corsair CX600 power supply, 2 4gb sticks of G Skill RipJaws X Series DDR31600 PC3 12800, and I am using my AMD Sapphire Radeon 6670 HD Graphics card. I debating on which processor to go with to complete my build. I am going to get either the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition or the AMD FX 6100. I am not afraid to overclock. I have read many reviews and lots seem to put down the FX but all the stats I see seem to show the 6100 SLIGHTLY outperforms the Phenom while running SLIGHTLY cooler and using less power. I am not a big gamer, I tend to use my PS3 for that. This build will primarly be used for running XBMC, Netflix, and Windows Media Center. I will dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. Thanks for the suggestions


if you don't plan to game on your PC, i suggest the most efficient CPU you can get. even an athlon II x3 is more then enough for streaming video and help keep noise down.

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May 24, 2013 5:55:26 AM

Thanks for all your replies. If you were to build my Media center and could get both the FX and Phenom for the same price which would you get and why?

Thank You
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May 24, 2013 6:13:26 AM

23bobbyg said:
Thanks for all your replies. If you were to build my Media center and could get both the FX and Phenom for the same price which would you get and why?

Thank You


i would get an FX- piledriver. better efficiency and performance


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May 24, 2013 6:19:12 AM

How do you think the Corsair H55 with Artic Silver 5 Thermal compound and the Antec Ninehundred case will do keeping the Phenom X4 cool?
This is my first total build and I want to learn about and experiment with overclocking as well.

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May 24, 2013 6:24:38 AM

23bobbyg said:
How do you think the Corsair H55 with Artic Silver 5 Thermal compound and the Antec Ninehundred case will do keeping the Phenom X4 cool?
This is my first total build and I want to learn about and experiment with overclocking as well.

Thanks


I'd say get an aircooler instead for now, the CoolerMaster Hyper 212EVO is a popular choice for that - can be quiet and effective with a Push/Pull setup. AS5 is a very effective and popular thermal compound. I'd think you would be good to go then
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May 24, 2013 6:24:52 AM

i have a phenom II x4 and used it for gaming for some time. it ran just fine with a cooler master 212+, you should have similar results with your set up
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May 24, 2013 6:25:52 AM

Thanks, that was a concern with going with the Phenom was cooling it.

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