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Amd gammer (less than $450)

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February 15, 2012 5:30:19 PM

wow after reading what has been posted you guys have alot of issues with AMD,as a new member i would like to add, first im just a hillbilly so have pity,next i started with pentium back in the lga 775 seris board and chipset so that was my first rig you could say, all my gaming buddies online(this was in 2009) was all sporting AMD's and bragging about their systems,so much 1 of em did an upgrade and gave me his old amd athlon 3800 and his board(XFX)well put it short it was night and day,(i did change from an ati SAPPHIRE pci card to a real(low budget)xfx 512 8600 gddr2 pci-e on sli,everything was WOW!, ok so i became a amd junky for next years and was very happy with the price of am3+ 4100-fx@109$,im not into overclocking but all AMD CPU's still work great as cpu's and as of now ive upgraded to a gigabyte 990fx board(164) with the fx-4100 cpu,and 2 evga 9600 1g ddr2 in sli (old but still works after 2 yrs), I still cant max out settings in a game that asks for a i7 cpu or better, (the game is from the total war series and is called EMPIRE, its a thinking man's game with alot of eyecandy)only 8 gigs of corsair vengence ram($46), But it will let me max out settings , just boggs down when i get into massive battles,with that being said i have been letting it run nonstop for 1 month with game on and still surfing and multitasking and have yet to push cpu over 62% usage, remember guys im just a hillbilly that loves to game just broke and what a shame. if i could i would spend the HUGE difference in price from 109$ to 229 for the i5, i cannot compare an i3 to the FX-4100 due to the 2 core vs the 4100 4 core, being a hillbilly 4 sounds bigger than 2 lol, but then you have to look at board prices too, amd boards have always seemed lower price than intel. thanks for reading, and ps seems ive been looking at reviews posted for years, wished id taken time to regester back then with Toms's place i might have more understanding of it all by now,lol thanks Tom.

Roswell challenger 3.0 case(3 case fans)
750 sli power supplu
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
AMD FX-4100(starter)
8 gigs of corsair vengeance ram
2 evga 9600 1 g in sli(2 yrs old)
WD 500 gig hd sata
asus dvd rw

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February 15, 2012 6:05:25 PM

Err, so what exactly is your question ?
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February 17, 2012 2:52:18 PM

maybe i posted in wring spot. i thought when i was posting ,that it was in the question or opinion room, I only posted because i have been using Tom's site last 6 yrs, when i would purchase something, and i would not ask i would just read and make choices on based on debates you guys have,. and my last upgrade i just noticed how seems there is alot of non AMD supporters when i been using them as stated and slowly as i upgrade i get more out of AMD products than alot of you guys give credit for, like BANG for BUCK! and,the biggest thing is like the game i played, i have been doing it for years on a DUAL core 3800, the game clearly states intel i7 is prefered when game starts. now i put a little FX-4100 that gets little love from alot of post, coupled with the board and wow max settings no lag(mind i have only tested combo for 3 weeks)and with the added GTX550ti(made a huge difference over 2-9600 sli) but great graphics, could you give example of how you could build an intel for same or less?. oh and it was hard choice but i stayed with sli rather than crossfire.


Roswell challenger 3.0 case(3 case fans)
750 sli power supplu
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
AMD FX-4100(starter)
8 gigs of corsair vengeance ram
EVGA 550gtx fermi 1 gig gddr5
WD 500 gig hd sata
asus dvd rw

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February 17, 2012 2:59:53 PM

Agh i see, do you have 2 x 550gtx in SLI ?

And you will see a huge difference going from your old X2 3800 to your new FX4100 theres no doubting that and im glad your very happy with it, by the way your mobo will support both crossfire and SLI.

Also what windows do you run and what monitor and what do you use your PC for?
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February 17, 2012 3:56:39 PM

being the hillbilly i am, we live on budget so, im only on the 1 550 but wow, and i cannot wait to improve on the HD(read so much good reviews on SSD's), yes the crossfire and sli is only thing that puzzles me on the board, why offer both when you cannot use both, why not offer 4 way sli(after only using sli for years i can say it works well for cheap gammers) just seems strange to have both or maybe i dont get it
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February 17, 2012 4:00:33 PM

Roswell challenger 3.0 case(5 case fans)
750w sli power supply
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
AMD FX-4100(starter)
8g of corsair vengeance ram
EVGA 550ti(fermi)1gddr5
WD 500 gig hd sata
asus dvd rw
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February 17, 2012 4:12:30 PM

Windows 7 64 bit
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February 22, 2012 3:04:50 PM

well after a month the combo seems to be working fine, very fast load ups compared to the 3800 or the 9850 athlons,my games are ultra settings,runs quite, runs 24/7,hope to get a couple years out of board, chip will do till i can afford the 8150, but gaming on ultra settings on games that are designed for intel i7, I guess i cant complain.
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February 22, 2012 3:56:02 PM

Yep the 4100 may not be an intel beater nut its at least a decent alternative.
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February 26, 2012 10:43:26 PM

im really pulling for the board, never had a gigabyte board before so we will see, still want a SSD i think that should top it off for now, but ill keep update
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February 26, 2012 10:47:00 PM

i do have a small glitch in screen when gamming on the 42''/120hz/LCD insignia tv, but i think that has to do with the HDMI between the card and HDMI, DVI-i works great for same game on 27'' monitor, so maybe just because tv is cheap knock off from best buy
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February 26, 2012 11:32:27 PM

IMO 4100 sucks without being overclocked. Actually the entire fx lines doesn't give the performance that most people expected, thats why they need to be overclocked. Kind of like having an i7-920 at stock clocks and running a 7970, your 920 would be loved to be overclocked.
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February 26, 2012 11:38:15 PM

the 550 ti is overpriced, get a 6770 or a 6850.
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March 3, 2012 10:25:51 PM

only regrets on the 550 ti is that for another 20 bucks i could have got the 2 gig version(set a budget and stayed on it),i sli my rigs maybe i dont understand bottlenecking term, ive had computers that would bogg down while gamming, ive hada few blue screens,and programs thast would not respond, but with each upgrade(more ram,betttercpu,etc)seems to work out,this like i stated was a low end gammer with high end potetial(but i am ALMOST convinced by you guys that FX is a dead end) but should proovide good gamming with cheap upgrades later...P.S. machine still running smooth, best upgrade yet!
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March 3, 2012 10:26:30 PM

Best answer selected by vance r.
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March 3, 2012 11:28:47 PM

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