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May 24, 2012 1:40:15 PM

im going to build a gaming pc..im in a tight budget..i've seen 2 processors amd phenom x4 980 and amd fx 6100 out of this which processor to select..i know that the fx series has lesser IPC rating when compared to it predecessor phenom 2's but ...when overclocked to its fullest potential will it atleast come on par with phenom x4 980 or is it a total waste of money...im in a very tight budget so im not preferring intel cause the mobo is way costlier compared to amd...thanks in advance this is my first thread and also im not a computer tech so plz bear with me

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May 24, 2012 1:44:23 PM

for gaming, I would go with the phenom II x4 980, in fact you can cut your budget further with the phenom II x4 955, just increase the multiplier for an instant 980.
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May 24, 2012 1:47:22 PM

wont a overclocked fx perform better?
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May 24, 2012 1:50:32 PM

wont a overclocked fx perform better?
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May 24, 2012 1:56:50 PM

1- it's not illegal to OC a phenom II x4 so any performance the OC FX-4 catches up to is widened again the OC phenom II x4

2- even OC to 4.2ghz, the FX-4 is only on par or still trailing the phenom II x4 980 at stock
A) the stock Phenom II x4 980 offers 10% better performance in Dirt 3 & HD benchmark then the OC FX-4
B) in cinebench both the stock phenom II x4 980 & OC FX-4 are dead even

http://www.techspot.com/review/452-amd-bulldozer-fx-cpu...
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May 24, 2012 2:05:05 PM

Even OC'd its crap. (for gaming.)

What is your budget? Don't forget about the i3 2100, 2120, 2400, or even the G860. When looking at gaming only these CPUs can keep or up pass even OC'd FX chips.
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May 24, 2012 2:05:54 PM

please suggest a cheap mobo for the x4 which also supports OCing
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May 24, 2012 2:10:08 PM

my budget is 900$ and im starting from the scratch
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May 24, 2012 2:13:35 PM

Did a websearch for $900 Intel build. Start here.

http://budget-gaming-computers.com/build-gaming-pc-900-...

Drop the 6950 for a 7850. Change the 212+ to the 212 evo. Change the OCZ PSU to a good 500W from Antec, Corsair, or Seasonic. If you have any money left over try to get a 2400. (or a 7870.)
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May 24, 2012 2:21:02 PM

will i5 2320 be a good choice...?
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May 24, 2012 2:28:11 PM

nit3crawl3r said:
will i5 2320 be a good choice...?


it's a very good CPU and will handle any game out there with ease.
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May 24, 2012 2:32:34 PM

will a overclocked i5 2320 matches a i5 2500k at stock speeds ? i know that 2320 is not an unlocked cpu like the k series. it can still be overclocked to some extent isn't it....
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May 24, 2012 2:42:05 PM

imo,
to match multithreaded performance
you need 980 at 3.7ghz and fx6 at 3.7 ghz

but games are not multi threaded
so to match single threaded performance
you need fx core at 4.5ghz to match a phenom core at 3.7ghz

to match per module (2 core) performance
you need 5.5ghz on fx to match phenom at 3.7ghz


so for gaming, go with phenom 2 x4 980
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May 24, 2012 3:09:48 PM

nit3crawl3r said:
i know that 2320 is not an unlocked cpu like the k series. it can still be overclocked to some extent isn't it....

Non-K CPUs can only be overclocked by changing the reference clock (BCLK) from which PCIe and other sensitive clocks are derived, which typically limits overclocks to only 5-10%, which is not enough to make or break a game but can certainly compromise reliability by undermining tolerances on already tight margins.
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May 24, 2012 3:32:16 PM

I would get the cheaper of either the Phenom x4, or one of the Intel chips I already listed. These will give you the bang for gaming dollar. At this point just ignore the FX series.
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