Which CPU?

Hi Folks,

I'm interested in using this mobo:

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

I've done some homework and I'm torn between cpus

1.AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX
2.AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6200FRGUBOX
3.AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ975FBGMBOX

This will be my first build, I'll buy a gpu $200-300, gskill memory 8 gb, a decent sub $100 cpu cooler, psu 750w

I like gaming but not hardcore, do a lot of multitasking, but figuring out what cpu is driving me crazy, I just wanrt to make the best choice possible

Any feedback from people who have this mobo with either of those 3 cpus would greatly be appreciated.

Its one thing to read all the reviews and look at charts, but its nice to hear what a person has to say.


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  1. I would go with the X4 975BE! Maybe later on AMD will have better FX CPU's for that board but in general the current ones were a disappointment on release!
  2. why not Intel?
  3. ^+1 as a former AMD fanboi I must confess that Intel products are now superior in every form factor and at every price point. The one exception is in APU laptops, where AMD have the superior option.

    By getting AMD you're not getting a bad processor, far from it. But you're getting something that's second best and in many circumstances only just good enough.

    Core i5 or i7 is the way to go. Whether the former or the latter depends on whether you're willing to spend a lot of extra money for 20% better performance in applications that are both multi-threaded and CPU limited (NB, this does not include games).
  4. rolli59 said:
    I would go with the X4 975BE! Maybe later on AMD will have better FX CPU's for that board but in general the current ones were a disappointment on release!

    I'm not so sure those FX chips are what they're cracked up to be, I'm leaning towards that X4, it'll suffice my needs and then some, any other particular reasons you might favor the X4?
  5. I belief it is the best CPU of the lot!
  6. mercer95 said:
    why not Intel?

    Well I'm not really looking for huge performance, so why pay the price. right now i'm on an old dell 8300, so i'm thinking whatever i build is gonna be light years in performance and beyond my expectations. I know an 860G would more than likely suffice for me or an i3, but I just want to build an amd system. Nothing against intel they are by far much superior.
  7. I would go with the fx-4170. It is the best amd fx chip.
  8. I would say the second one purely because it's the fastest. However yes i would go with intel for a processor at the stage of time
  9. That fx 4170 is sounding good too, but is the six core really worth or just wait for amd next lineup?
  10. Of those choices, the Phenom II is the best choice for gaming and most other things and the 6200 (cringe) is the best for multitasking, but unless you mean 6 different programs taking 100% CPU time all at once or video editing, the Phenom II is still the better CPU.

    Seriously, if you're gonna go for Bulldozer, go for the 4170 or a 8120 and OC it, if necessary. The 6200 is the red headed step child of the bunch.
  11. Awesome feedback people. I thank you all very much. Gut gut feeling was the the Phenom.
    I think my mobo of choice will still leave me some upgrade headroom for quite a while, considering i made it this far with a Dell 8300 lol.

    thanks a bunch!!!

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