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


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:

There is discussion about which processor is better for gaming:

AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz
AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)

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

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

RAM: Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3

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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  1. Best answer
    The phenom is the better CPU! Here you see it compared to the FX8150
  2. Wow, thank you! That makes it pretty clear.
  3. +1, the phenom is good, the FX is rubbish.
  4. The 4100 might be worth it if you are planning on overclocking it a lot, otherwise go for the 970.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Thanks guys! I really appreciate the feedback.
  8. Best answer selected by ThomasPJones.
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