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July 13, 2012 4:31:50 AM

Hello, my name is Oscar and I was thinking of buying the FX-4100 processor for a computer build i am doing soon, i was wondering, would the FX-4100 bottleneck the Radeon HD 7950? Would it be worth the extra money to buy the FX-4170 instead? Pleace help me decide!

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July 13, 2012 4:33:48 AM

oscardr14 said:
Hello, my name is Oscar and I was thinking of buying the FX-4100 processor for a computer build i am doing soon, i was wondering, would the FX-4100 bottleneck the Radeon HD 7950? Would it be worth the extra money to buy the FX-4170 instead? Pleace help me decide!


What are you doing with this computer...gaming?
July 13, 2012 4:35:14 AM

Yes, i will be gaming, playing games like, BF3, SC2, CS:GO, And other high demanding games.
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July 13, 2012 4:38:26 AM
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I really wouldn't bother with Bulldozer for a gaming build. Unless your doing something thats actually going to use 8 cores efficiently, the 8 core cpu idea is pretty useless and that includes games. I would rather have 4 brutally fast cores then 8 pissweak cores.









July 13, 2012 4:41:14 AM

Do you think it would be less painless to step down a bit on the graphics card and get the Fx-4170 and pair it with the Radeon HD 7870?
July 13, 2012 4:43:19 AM

i was thinking the 4170, because it has 4 cores, and they are clocked at 4.2 ghz stock.
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July 13, 2012 4:44:54 AM

Depending on the resolution you are playing at Bulldozer can bottleneck high-end video cards. Yes you can step down the video card card but as you go down to make up for Bulldozers bottlenecking you start to lose graphics power.
July 13, 2012 4:47:18 AM

I am currently planning on buying a 24" monitor with this build, running at 1920 x 1080. Do you think the graphic loss would be so substantial that I should keep the 7950? Or is it useless to get such a card with out a good CPU.
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July 13, 2012 4:49:55 AM

oscardr14 said:
i was thinking the 4170, because it has 4 cores, and they are clocked at 4.2 ghz stock.


First of all the 4100's are not 4 core they are dual core with 4 modules. The 6100 Bulldozer is really a three core and the 8*** are quad core with four modules. Secondly cores and GHz dn't really matter much anymore. AMD will have you believe that "more corez is better" but that's not the case and that's seen on the benchmarks. The Bulldozer get's out performed by a measly dual core I3. Speed doesn't matter much more either as again a dual core I3 or I5 at 3.2 GHZ will out perform a Bulldozer at 3.8 GHz.
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July 13, 2012 4:51:24 AM

oscardr14 said:
I am currently planning on buying a 24" monitor with this build, running at 1920 x 1080. Do you think the graphic loss would be so substantial that I should keep the 7950? Or is it useless to get such a card with out a good CPU.


If you already have a 7950 I wouldn't downgrade the GPU just for the Bulldozer. I would go with an I5 2500k.
July 13, 2012 4:54:15 AM

Alright, That being said, would it be best if i went with an intel mobo and processor then an fx series? or is it just the wrong precessor type for gaming?
July 13, 2012 4:57:30 AM

OKay, sorry for that last post, didn't see your post about the i5. Thank you so much Rds1220, It's much appreciated!
July 13, 2012 5:01:57 AM

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July 13, 2012 5:05:19 AM

oscardr14 said:
Alright, That being said, would it be best if i went with an intel mobo and processor then an fx series? or is it just the wrong precessor type for gaming?


You could go with a quad core Phenom II Black Edition like the 965 but even that falls behind the I5. However the Phenom II would still be better than the Bulldozer. I would avoid the Bulldozer for gaming. For those three I would rank it:

I5 or I7
Phenom II Black Edition
All the way at the bottom the Bullcrapper
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