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HELP! Is the FX-6100 any good?

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September 1, 2012 12:34:01 PM

I am getting a new gaming PC with a gtx 560 ti graphics card with a FX-6100 CPU. Is the CPU a bottleneck and would it be good for playing games on med-high? I am upgrading from AMD 640.

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September 1, 2012 3:08:31 PM

It's fine.
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September 1, 2012 3:16:38 PM

You could wait a month for Piledriver and get the FX-6300.
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September 1, 2012 3:56:02 PM

+1 wait for FX-6300 and check reviews for any issues that some current FX are suffering from especially BF3.
September 1, 2012 5:45:05 PM

I need to order ASAP. As long as it can run games at med - high without bottlenecking my GPU then it's fine. So is it ok?
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September 1, 2012 5:57:08 PM

Well, how about a 2500K?
September 1, 2012 5:59:29 PM

Too expensive, the 6100 is the maximum CPU without downgrading the GPU.
September 1, 2012 7:19:01 PM

Should I downgrade to GTX 550 ti and i5 3470?
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September 1, 2012 7:21:18 PM

I would get the Quad Core Phenom II X4 965 for $110 rather than the six core FX-6100 CPU. The vast majority of games only use 2 cores. The number of games that can use 4 cores is very tiny. As for games using 6 cores? Nil.

September 1, 2012 7:28:31 PM

jaguarskx said:
I would get the Quad Core Phenom II X4 965 for $110 rather than the six core FX-6100 CPU. The vast majority of games only use 2 cores. The number of games that can use 4 cores is very tiny. As for games using 6 cores? Nil.


The FX 6100 is just £10 more. So which has better performance? And what about the 945? which is much cheaper.
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September 1, 2012 7:32:22 PM

The X4 965 stock speed is 100MHz higher than the FX-6100. Also, benchmarks have shown that the FX series performs slightly worse than the older PII X4 series. The difference is small, you need to run benchmarks to actually see the difference, but the FX is slower.

So you might as well save yourself £10.
September 1, 2012 7:33:22 PM

And what about the 945? which is much cheaper.
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September 1, 2012 7:38:13 PM

The PII X4 945 runs at 3.0GHz while the X4 965 runs at 3.4GHz. The X4 965 should still be fine for playing games, especially if it can be overclocked, but if you are buying a pre-built PC, then the motherboard may not support overclocks. If it's Dell, Acer, HP, Lenovo or any other large brandname, then forget overclocking.

The X4 945 is about 12% slower than the X4 965. Are you save at least that much money?
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September 1, 2012 7:38:56 PM

The older Phenom II like 965 BE will be better than a Bulldozer. I would either wait for Piledriver or go with 965BE.
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September 1, 2012 7:40:01 PM

i'd go with an I3 21xx. gives you ample performance in games, cash spare for the 560ti & an upgrade path to a more powerful i5 or i7 cpu should you need it in the future :D 
September 1, 2012 7:41:59 PM

jaguarskx said:
The PII X4 945 runs at 3.0GHz while the X4 965 runs at 3.4GHz. The X4 965 should still be fine for playing games, especially if it can be overclocked, but if you are buying a pre-built PC, then the motherboard may not support overclocks. If it's Dell, Acer, HP, Lenovo or any other large brandname, then forget overclocking.

The X4 945 is about 12% slower than the X4 965. Are you save at least that much money?


The 945 is £30 cheaper which will allow me to get more ram (from 2gb to 8gb). I am buying from Arbico so I assume they allow overclocking. As long as the CPU dosn't bottleneck the GPU then I don't care. So will it bottleneck?
September 1, 2012 7:45:36 PM

jpoos said:
i'd go with an I3 21xx. gives you ample performance in games, cash spare for the 560ti & an upgrade path to a more powerful i5 or i7 cpu should you need it in the future :D 


What about games such as BF3 and GTA IV which utilizes 4 cores? Wouldn't the i3 be a bottleneck in most games?
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September 1, 2012 8:12:58 PM

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-cpu-review-overclo... there's the current tom's list for gaming cpu's, has the x4 640 a few tiers down from the sandy bridge i3's. i'd feel confident that the cpu + a 560ti could play games on high perhaps with a few settings on ultra @ 1920x1080, but to fully max out new games at that res you'd probably have to look towards a more powerful gpu. a gtx 670 would do the trick.
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September 1, 2012 8:13:44 PM

hope u got a reputable psu to go with, don't wanna fry oyour nice new toys with some dodgy toaster :S
September 1, 2012 8:14:14 PM

Thanks! Buying this setup now with 4gb ram (1333) and 500w psu.
September 1, 2012 8:22:49 PM

It's "Quiet Xigmatek 500W PCI-E". Is that good?
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September 1, 2012 8:34:43 PM

not sure who the oem is for that psu, lemme check...
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September 1, 2012 8:46:41 PM

looks like xigmatek's lower end psu's are made by HEC & Sirtec. never had any of their products before, so unable to say. i'd suggest asking in a new thread, researching for more info or just going with one of the more reputable & commonly reviewed brands/models which you can be certain will do the job properly :) 
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