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Which processor would you prefer for gaming

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  • AMD FX 4100
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  • AMD FX 4170
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August 9, 2012 4:56:28 AM

I am building a gaming pc, and my budget is around $1200. I am wondering if the FX 4170 is worth the extra $20 over the FX 4100

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August 9, 2012 5:02:02 AM

If you have no plans to overclock the extra clock speed is worth it, but if your gonna overclock you might as well save $20 since they'll reach about the same speed.
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August 9, 2012 5:03:53 AM

If you have a decent budget of $1,200 why saddle yourself with a crappy CPU like the FX-4100/4170? If you want to stick with AMD, then I would recommend the Phenom II X4 955/965. With your budget you should be able to afford an Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570k.
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August 9, 2012 5:04:46 AM

Dude if I were you I'd just buy a Phenom II x4 965 Black edition. They are (supposedly) better than the quad core FX CPUs, and it is the same price. If you are really heart-set on getting a FX I'd just wait until piledriver and see what it's like.
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August 9, 2012 5:11:13 AM

Hell i5-2500k is what you should be aiming for!
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August 9, 2012 6:14:47 AM

+1^, Get the 2500k and no worries while gaming on maxxed.
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August 9, 2012 6:35:18 AM

+1 for the 2500K for that budget. if you were thinking of grabbing some expensive SSD or GPU resulting in you choosing a mediocre CPU instead for a compromise, i recommend you re-consider that idea.

if you're a fan of AMD, the Phenom II 955BE/965BE/960T is as good as it gets for gaming for the right price.

if you don't OC at all, and would like an intel, there's the cheaper alternatives; i5 2300/2400/3450. even an i3 or SB Pentium G840/850 is a decent option.
August 9, 2012 5:41:19 PM

well, most of my money is going into my video card which ill have to downgrade (AMD 7950 > 7870)
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August 9, 2012 6:22:14 PM

would've been bottlenecked by the FX...
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August 9, 2012 6:27:02 PM

assuming you're playing at 1920x1080, a 7870 ain't all that bad. an FX paired with a 7950 would've been a bad idea.
August 9, 2012 6:44:16 PM

Agree best idea would be Intel i5 at this point. Or if you can wait, a Piledriver FX chip. If you can't wait, and don't want Intel, your best bet is a Trinity A10 APU - though then your FM2 socket might be a dead end.
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August 9, 2012 6:59:04 PM

For $1200 you can easily get a 7950 and a 3570K.