Ok, I purchased an AMD FX-4170 just last week to replace my 1100T. As a few days have passed with equally faultless performance a few people have said I may be making a mistake and that I should put my 1100T back in and lose the 4170. My question is:
Which is it to be? 1100T 3.3GHZ 6 Core or FX-4170 4.2GHZ 4 Core
I do use quite intensive programs like CS4 and a gem called Space Engine 0.9.6 which are both very CPU and RAM heavy. As such both CPUs have been ok with this but I would like to do a bit more on the OC side.
I also have a GTX480 (no facepulling please)
14GB 1333MHZ Adata
I now feel a bit of a tool as people who've seen my pc have said the same! They said the FX is ok but the Phenom is far superior. Damnit. It seems as though the marketing of 4.2GHZ worked on me, ah well, anyone want to buy an FX4170 lol
That is a bit of a downgrade, especially if you aren't just gaming. If you were primarily gaming, it could swing either way, which would make it an unnecessary upgrade. But if you are using CPU intensive apps, a better upgrade would have been the FX 8150. As it is, you'd probably be best putting the 1100T back in, and then overclocking it a bit.
Oh the irony, well its listed in classifieds now with a host of bits. Maybe off topic but should I keep my GTX480? Oh I'm all on a muddle!!
The GTX 480 is still a very capable GPU, so long as you can keep the heat output in check. Also, if power consumption isn't an issue, the GTX 480 is a great GPU.
However, if heat and power are factors, and you are doing GPU computer applications, I'd recommend going AMD 78xx. The GCN architecture has phenomenal compute performance, good gaming, and pretty efficient overall. In terms of gaming performance, the GTX 480 and 7850 are in the same tier.