AMD FX-4100 or AMD Phenom II x4 970

Alright guys, both the AMD FX-4100 and the AMD Phenom II x4 970 are $110 on Newegg. I have been going back and forth on which to buy. My main use is gaming, and yes, I do know that neither of these are particularly great processors. My budget is $120, and these are the best I can do. I do plan on overclocking as much as possible.

Winner of the poll is what I will buy!
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  1. 970 it outperforms the FX gaming
  2. bulldozers are *** go the phenom 2 all the way
  3. mattenthehat said:
    Alright guys, both the AMD FX-4100 and the AMD Phenom II x4 970 are $110 on Newegg. I have been going back and forth on which to buy. My main use is gaming, and yes, I do know that neither of these are particularly great processors. My budget is $120, and these are the best I can do. I do plan on overclocking as much as possible.

    Winner of the poll is what I will buy!


    I would say FX-4100 if the 970 is a multiplier-locked non-Black Edition unit, otherwise the 970 if it is the Black Edition. You want to overclock and it's a lot easier to overclock an unlocked CPU. The 970 is a little better at stock but the FX can be overclocked like crazy and will outrun what you can get out of a multiplier-locked Phenom II especially if you don't have the world's greatest motherboard.
  4. Thats a really good point the 970 is locked he would actually want this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
  5. i have a x4 965 BE blabla. runs @ 4.3 on air. at that clock speed, it not only beats the 4100, but all of the fx's when it comes to gaming.

    when all you do is rar archives, maybe the top 8 core fx's have the speed edge, but who cares about winning or losing a few seconds with raring, and how much hours a day do you spend raring ?

    when you want to execute badly programmed, nightmarish predictive scenario, badly threaded software (games !!!!!) get a phenom II x4 and overclock it and stay clear of the fx's.
  6. wr6133 said:
    Thats a really good point the 970 is locked he would actually want this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor


    i thought all 970's were top of the line black editions
  7. mattenthehat said:
    Alright guys, both the AMD FX-4100 and the AMD Phenom II x4 970 are $110 on Newegg. I have been going back and forth on which to buy. My main use is gaming, and yes, I do know that neither of these are particularly great processors. My budget is $120, and these are the best I can do. I do plan on overclocking as much as possible.

    Winner of the poll is what I will buy!


    Hi mattenthehat,

    Your ECS A750GM-M motherboard doesn't supports AM3+ CPUs so buying AMD FX-4100 will cost you more and will give only a narrow performance gain.
    So, in this case, I will vote for AMD Phenom II X4 970 CPU.

    You have said that your budget is $120, then why are you not buying the Black Edition of this CPU which is available on newegg for $120?

    Regards,
    SmartGeek
  8. Im not sure the one on new egg is not listed as a BE

    *edit* It should be a BE according to this link there was only unlocked versions of 970 http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K10/AMD-Phenom%20II%20X4%20970%20Black%20Edition%20-%20HDZ970FBK4DGM%20(HDZ970FBGMBOX).html
  9. wr6133 said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

    +1 to the 965 BE.
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=46281&vpn=HDZ965FBGMBOX&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1027

    There is the OEM version of the x4 970 available, which I believe has an unlocked Multiplier.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103893
  10. Phenom II and don't look back.
  11. I thought all 970s were unlocked, i just assumed the listing on newegg was wrong.
    Also, i have a new motherboard that suppports thr AM3+ CPUs (i just got it a couple of days ago because it happened to be on a huge sale). I haven't been able to install it yet because i'm waiting for my new case to arrive. Thanks for the help though, looks like the phenom will win
  12. The phenom kicks the FX series arse for touch, and it looks like it will STILL kick piledrivers arse. Screw AMD. (I have a 960t unlocked to X6 and I love it, I just wish AMD would get serious in the enthusiast market.

    Dude, you will love your 970 so much, and you will love it even more 2-3 years later when you've OC'd the butt off it!
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