Hello, So I am trying to decide whether to buy the AMD FX-4170 or the AMD FX-6100, from what i've readed the FX-4170 is a 4-core at 4.2 Ghz whilst the FX-6100 is a 6-core at 3.3 Ghz. So I have no idea which one is more worth, any suggestions guys?
It really depends. The FX4170 has a higher clock speed, as such it will probably perform better than the 6100 at stock speeds. However, if you were to overclock the 6100 to 4.2GHZ to match the 4170, for multithreaded applications, the 6100 at 4.2GHZ would outperform the 4170. Although for gaming purposes, there are stronger CPUs that may be worth considering both from AMD itself in the form of Phenom II 965-980 models or Intel i3s.
Agreed more cores is better. You may not see it in games, But it'll be worthwhile. I made that mistake when i purchased a E8500, and was itching to get the quad, but articles talked me out of it(Q9550)... When in fact a quad or more is better just for everything in general. I ended up spending more, and getting the Q9550 later down the road before it was discontinued.
Spend the extra 60 if you can and just get the 8120. Or the extra 30 ish for the 6 core.