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Budget Gaming Rig: Phenom II x4 Deneb vs FX 4100 Zambezi

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January 9, 2012 10:59:47 PM

Hello!

I am trying to put together a budget gaming build. The reason I'm going with AMD is because I received a MoBo for Christmas, and am building around that. I posted about my build here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

There is discussion about which processor is better for gaming:

AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Here are the other core pieces of my build (I think these are pretty good choices, but I am open to suggestions for alternatives):

Mother Board (already owned): ASRock 990FX Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am having trouble deciphering their discussion, and what benchmarks are more important. I would very much appreciate additional thoughts on the matter. Which CPU is better for my build, and for what reason? Which is better for gaming in general (current / future games)? Would you recommend a different CPU entirely?

I would also be very appreciative of any critiques / advice about the rest of my build.

Thanks in advance for any answers or advice you may have!

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January 9, 2012 11:15:05 PM

The phenom is the better CPU! Here you see it compared to the FX8150 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/186?vs=434
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January 9, 2012 11:22:46 PM

Wow, thank you! That makes it pretty clear.
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January 9, 2012 11:35:21 PM

+1, the phenom is good, the FX is rubbish.
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January 9, 2012 11:44:31 PM

The 4100 might be worth it if you are planning on overclocking it a lot, otherwise go for the 970.
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January 9, 2012 11:56:23 PM

grumbledook said:
The 4100 might be worth it if you are planning on overclocking it a lot, otherwise go for the 970.

even overclocked it is still a poor choice. unless you care more about the number of GHZ than actual performance.
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January 10, 2012 12:03:30 AM

I read both threads. Thank Rolli for making the clearest post on the subject.

Piledriver may offer improvement, or it may not. I doubt any game coming out any time soon will require anything more capable than an AMD X2 or Intel i3 (and most will run on considerably less); that would exclude a huge part of the market. Get the Phenom II, and don't worry about it.
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January 10, 2012 12:34:52 AM

Thanks guys! I really appreciate the feedback.
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January 10, 2012 12:35:59 AM

Best answer selected by ThomasPJones.
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