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March 5, 2012 2:19:05 PM

Right this is my planned build, iuts aimed for decent graphics settings in gaming and also general surfing and a decent amount of multitasking. My Question is which AMD CPU

MOBO (Already Owned) - http://www.ebuyer.com/270699-asus-sabertooth-990fx-sock...

GPU- http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-geforce-gtx-560-ti-82...
or....... any suggestions? im not massively knowledgeable in terms of GPU's


CPU- Havent decided yet between - http://www.ebuyer.com/287681-amd-bulldozer-fx-8-8120-3-... (£150, before £20 Cashback)
- http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-fx-6200-am3--3-8ghz-14... (£130 making it the same price as the 8120)
- http://www.ebuyer.com/287682-amd-fx-6-6100-black-editio... (£115, before £15 Cashback)
- http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-fx-4170-am3--4-2ghz-12... (£110)
and finally - http://www.ebuyer.com/311396-amd-960t-black-edition-3-0...

so basically which of the CPU's there is the best bang for buck? and is it worth buying a cheaper option and spending the savings on a better GPU or better/more ram

RAM - http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-vengeance-8gb--2x4...

CASE- http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-gz-g2-gaming-case... or http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cas...

PSU - already owned 650W

HDD - already owned

Any advice would be welcomed :) 

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March 5, 2012 2:25:15 PM

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March 5, 2012 2:34:47 PM

best bang for your buck is 8120, it overclocks to the same level of 8150 and is alot cheaper
get coolermaster hyper 212 evo with it if you plan on overclocking, it's probably the best performance : price ratio cooler today

560ti is very good card for the price you pay, although you might wanna look into new radeon 78xx series
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
March 5, 2012 7:52:18 PM

I believe if gaming is your primary goal, you do not need the 6 or 8 core processor. Hardware is currently ahead of software in the CPU core usage market, and games these days really show no sign of catching up.

Unless you're planning on doing some heavy video editing, or CAD or some other heavily threaded program, there is no advantage to having more than 4 cores.

I would choose the FX-4170 out of those. The website you linked to calls it an 8 core processor, its not. Its a quad core.

And yes, the 560TI is a great card. I'm running the lower end 550TI with great performance on dual monitors.

I'm running Corsair Vengence 2x 8GB modules. Now I did have one die on me after 2 weeks. I think its a fluke, Corsair is replacing it under their lifetime warranty. One still works flawlessly. Corsair on the phone was very courteous and its probably one of the most pleasant experiences I've ever had with a company doing a warranty replacement.

March 5, 2012 8:01:26 PM

Unless anything's happened to the FX line of CPUs from AMD, none of those are any better than the Phenom line as far as gaming goes. I'd vote for the 960T Black Edition. It's not bad and it should tide you over until you make the switch to Piledriver later on down the road (depending on if it's any good) or just switch to Intel. I have the 955 BE and it's fine for the moment. However, I don't currently see a sunny future for my AMD motherboard.

The 560Ti is a nice card. You can also wait for the Radeon 7850, which is probably a little more expensive, but seems to be a fair amount more powerful. I believe it'll be available in the next couple of weeks.
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
March 5, 2012 8:44:52 PM

ringzero said:
Unless anything's happened to the FX line of CPUs from AMD, none of those are any better than the Phenom line as far as gaming goes. I'd vote for the 960T Black Edition. It's not bad and it should tide you over until you make the switch to Piledriver later on down the road (depending on if it's any good) or just switch to Intel. I have the 955 BE and it's fine for the moment. However, I don't currently see a sunny future for my AMD motherboard.

The 560Ti is a nice card. You can also wait for the Radeon 7850, which is probably a little more expensive, but seems to be a fair amount more powerful. I believe it'll be available in the next couple of weeks.


Agreed, the FX-4170 i think is just a clocked up 4100 anyway.. 4170 isn't even a B3 stepping. But even so, out of the choices he gave, that would be the best choice. I'm running a Phenom II 975 personally.

I'm not willing to give up on AMD yet. Lets see what Piledriver brings.. Intel has made their fair share of trash too afterall. Imagine if people gave up on Intel after their pathetic Pentium 4 dual core? Sandy Bridge would have never been crossed.

The bulldozers aren't "terrible" per se. Thats something a lot of the techies seem to exaggerate. In and of itself its not a bad CPU, it just isn't good compared to Sandy Bridge nor a lot of Phenom IIs. That being said, the average computer user is not going to have problems with it.

To the OP, your mobo is backwards compatible with the Phenom II if you decide to go that route. For gaming, your graphics card matters a hell of a lot more than your CPU.
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