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May 19, 2012 10:33:29 AM

Hi Guys,

My current rig is:

Asus P5kc motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 2.4ghz
4GB OCZ 800mhz DDR2 Ram
Corsair 650w PSU
Nvidia GTS 450 OC 1GB GFX Card


I know my motherboard is out of date and has the lack of support of ddr3 and new gen CPU's so I will have to upgrade sometime soon, SO I was thinking of just upgrading my MOBO, RAM and CPU.

Currently I'm thinking of getting a AMD FX 4170 (Due to good price and high benchmarks) and Asus M5A78L-M USB 3.0 Motherboard with ddr3 RAM.

Question: Would this upgrade be good enough. I only use my PC for multitasking/graphic design/browsing etc and MAYBE Gaming in the future.
Is this too much of a leap or could I tone down the upgrade or is it ok?

Need advice guys! Thanks!! :) 

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May 19, 2012 11:00:48 AM

well then better go with fx 4100 and gskill ripjaws x 4gb 1600 mhz and asus m5a970 mobo and gts 450 and corsair 650w psu good for mutitasking dont go with i3 and i5 if you have tight budget better go with amd low price and better cores fx 4100 have 4 cores + gskill ram have heatsink plus so high end pc affordable at cheap price
May 19, 2012 11:03:23 AM

so thats a good idea then? ... why the 4100 and not 4170?
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May 19, 2012 11:12:02 AM

Actually.. thanks for that link. by the looks of it, the 4100 doesn't have much of a difference other than slightly higher core frequency.
BUT, cpu benchmark does score the 4170 slightly higher than the 4100 ... hmmm...
May 19, 2012 11:14:17 AM

mm a little bit maybe u should see 5% better then fx 4100
May 19, 2012 11:17:21 AM

hmm well for about £10 more ... should be ok if I went with the 4170

going to wait for other opinions before i make my mind up lol
May 19, 2012 3:44:47 PM

main difference between 4100 and 4170? which is better for multitasking purposes... less overheating etc
May 19, 2012 3:47:26 PM

4170 is better for multitasking overheating u got stock cooler same as fx 4100 have but it will idle at full load
May 19, 2012 3:52:05 PM

soo 4170 is better for the value..
May 19, 2012 3:54:59 PM

yes if you have tight budget fx 4170 bang for the buck
May 19, 2012 4:01:57 PM

brilliant :)  thanks!
May 19, 2012 4:03:33 PM

anytime mate
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