I have recently decided to embark on building my own gaming pc. However, not knowing much about computers, I can't really decide which processor to get. I already have an AM3+ board, so I can use any of the FX or the Phenom series. Both of these processors have about the same specs, with the 4100 just being a little bit better than the rest (supposedly). From what I've heard, both of these processors have similar performance, despite the FX having a higher clock speed. So my question to you is, which one is better for gaming? They are both just so similar and I haven't used either, so I just can't make the decision myself.
I'd prefer the Phenom... Even though it is older. The FX series took a step backward as far as gaming performance. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
Notice how the 965 BE is 1 tier above the FX4100 in Tom's hierarchy of gaming CPUs? Once you OC the 965 BE you are even better off.
What about the FX-4170? It comes out of the box at 4.2 GHz. It is twenty bucks more, but that's not TOO much of a problem.
So that doesn't mean anything. Bulldozer has a horrible IPC and is very slow. An older and lower clocked Phenom II or Sandy Bridges I3 will still be faster than the Bulldozer. If you don't have the board yet I would get an I3 or I5.
now the question is, would you take the 965BE or the i3-2120.?
if not upgrading anymore then the 965BE but if want and need a quad core Intel and do not have the money but need a unit.
get the i3-2120 and Z68 Gen3 or Z77 motherboard.
then grab i5 when money is right.
Fortunately, I don't have to make that choice. I purchased the ASUS M5A97 EVO mobo about a week ago. AM3+ socket, hopefully D will stick with the AM3 at least until steamroller. If I have to buy a new mobo in a year I fear that I may my opinion may be swayed from what it is now. Time will tell, but I fear that I may have intel in my future.