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February 19, 2012 3:39:21 AM

Alright, I've already decided to stick with my i7-860 over the new FX chips. I've also decided a $100 FX 4100 with free motherboard is a better new platform for my daughter than a pentium G620 with $55 mobo.

So now it's a question of my friend and his Q6600 PC. I sold him a Dell Q6600 (2.4 Ghz) PC with 4 Gigs of RAM and an ATI 5770 in order to build a Battlefield 3 / League of Legends box (he's a mac guy otherwise). I sold him the PC for about $200.

I am offering to buy back the PC, sans the HDD, optical drives, case, and video card for $100 and build him an upgraded system.

My options are an AMD FX 4100 for free, FX 6100 for $40, or FX 8120 for $90. The 4100 and 6100 come with a free but cheap $50 mobo. The 8120 comes with a better $100 mobo.

My question is if the FX 4100 is even an upgrade for the hastle, given it's free, if the 6100 is worth the $40, and if the 8120 is worht $50 more. He MOSTLY games with those 2 games on it, though if his overall PC performance was better, that's good too.

If you want to see the exact Mobo's that come free with said chips, see them here --

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

Overclocking is a factor as his current Q6600 rig is not overclockable, but the FX's might be given the mobo options.

Thanks for your opinions/advice.

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February 19, 2012 4:30:14 AM

you'd want the 6100 for bf3 multiplayer as it seems the multiplayer likes the 6 cores.

The FX4100 isn't really an upgrade to a q6600. You really don't need much to play league of legends tho.
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February 19, 2012 4:57:17 AM

Any of those would be faster for Battlefield 3. The extra cores beyond 4 (FX-6100/FX-8120) won't help much.

The higher clock speed matters for gaming, which you can overclock higher with fewer cores. Which the Fx-4100 comes higher stock anyway.

The extra money should be saved for a new video card because the 5770 is a slow 128bit card. You need a 256bit card.

The bigger question is why would you pay $100 for an old Q6600? Take it as payment for working on his rig. Time is money!
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February 19, 2012 5:53:00 AM

Cazalan said:
Any of those would be faster for Battlefield 3. The extra cores beyond 4 (FX-6100/FX-8120) won't help much.

The higher clock speed matters for gaming, which you can overclock higher with fewer cores. Which the Fx-4100 comes higher stock anyway.

The extra money should be saved for a new video card because the 5770 is a slow 128bit card. You need a 256bit card.

The bigger question is why would you pay $100 for an old Q6600? Take it as payment for working on his rig. Time is money!


Well, my daughter needs a PC for movie watching etc (yeah she's only 2, so her needs are modest....).

I currently have, free of charge, 2-3 PC cases, a couple of 200 GB HDD's, several DVD-R drives, a 450W Power Supply, and a stick of 4 GB DDR3 ram all doing no one any good. I could not get my Opteron 170 (like, Athlon 64 X2 4000+ style) system running stable for some reason, so I have all of those parts sitting around. For less than 100 dollars, I can get a very reasonable working system for my daughter.

At first I was set on a Pentium G620 with $55 Gigabyte mobo (model H61M-DS2 to be exact) to complement everything else as a mini-HTPC setup. Then, when I got to Microcenter, I found out they had a free mobo deal on all of the new AMD FX chips. So, for that same $105 to get the G620, I could either get an FX-4100 with free mobo, or take back the Q6600 from my friend and let him get the FX-4100, or for a little more from him either the 6100 or 8120.

So if I'm set on spending $105 to gain a second PC, my choices are the G620, FX 4100, or Q6600 (which in turn helps upgrade my friends PC).
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February 19, 2012 6:33:46 AM

As said you would want at least the FX 6100. Not sure why you got rid of the Q6600 when that would have been a perfectly fine CPU for BF3. All you really needed was a GPU upgrade.

For your daughter, the Pentium will be fine. I run a HTPC with a Athlon 64 X2 6000+ and HD5450 and can watch Blu-Ray or HD video. For her you will probably run DVDs and AVI files which is nothing for that.
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February 19, 2012 6:37:12 AM

jimmysmitty said:
As said you would want at least the FX 6100. Not sure why you got rid of the Q6600 when that would have been a perfectly fine CPU for BF3. All you really needed was a GPU upgrade.

For your daughter, the Pentium will be fine. I run a HTPC with a Athlon 64 X2 6000+ and HD5450 and can watch Blu-Ray or HD video. For her you will probably run DVDs and AVI files which is nothing for that.


I got rid of the Q6600 because for about $50 my other friend helped my upgrade from another Q6600 with 4 gigs of ram to my current i7-860 with water cooling and 16 gigs of ram. It was a 3 player swap. At the time I didn't consider that i would need a PC for my daughter.

Also, because my Q6600 was fine for gaming, but it was not cutting the mustard for editing AVCHD footage from my Canon HF M41 in Premiere Pro CS5. The i7 is sooooooooo much smoother.
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February 19, 2012 7:32:35 AM

I would say, go for the 4100. Truth be told, Q6600 games probably better, so it would be wise if your friend uses the q6600 and not your daughter. It would be completely overkill for her. Still, if you were to do it, get the 4100. I am still agianst the idea of buying it back. You & your friend both will be happier w\o the swap.
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February 19, 2012 8:09:03 AM

Buy her a kindle and make her read books! Kindle fire will do movies. :) 
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