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AMD fx 4120 vs AMD A8-3870K

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September 7, 2012 11:58:59 PM

which cpu is better for my use? AMD fx 4120 vs AMD A8-3870K

i will be mostly be coding html/php and java scripting, playing light games like minecraft, runescape and rollercoaster tycoon. no big games like MW3 or BF3.
i would like to multitasking; listening to itunes while on facebook and skype with no lagg

which cpu would you pick for me? im not picking an Intel any more because there are good products but not very good for the price.
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September 8, 2012 12:01:24 AM

Will you get a GPU?
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September 8, 2012 12:02:25 AM

i3 3220 is more than capable of handling those games and much, much more :)  However, you do get the flexibility of OCing AMD chips.
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September 8, 2012 12:07:12 AM

obsama1 said:
Will you get a GPU?


yep, i dont know which one yet. AMD A8-3870K is a apu,
and for the amd fx 4120 im not quite sure.
September 8, 2012 12:08:35 AM

mocchan said:
i3 3220 is more than capable of handling those games and much, much more :)  However, you do get the flexibility of OCing AMD chips.


i want to overclock. and the i3 3220 cant overclock can it?
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September 8, 2012 12:11:52 AM

adamyjake said:
i want to overclock. and the i3 3220 cant overclock can it?

Which is why I said you get the flexibility of OCing if you went the AMD route ;) 
September 8, 2012 12:22:02 AM

please can you send me a link?
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September 8, 2012 12:27:02 AM

adamyjake said:
please can you send me a link?

What link would you like? :) 
September 8, 2012 12:33:50 AM

AMD route (this is my first build so im pretty noobie lol)
also will the AMD A8-3870K be able to handle my needs?
web browsing, dreamweaver, java coding, itunes, visual basices, itunes, filmes, light online games. ?
will it be able to open a program or my documents fast?
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September 8, 2012 12:41:46 AM

I say wait for the new A10. PD cores instead of Stars (IIRC), and better GPU.
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September 8, 2012 12:42:17 AM

Opening most documents and programs will be dependant on your HDD/SSD, not your CPU :) 

Trying to see if I can find anything about Athlon cores vs BD for your tasks, for gaming, I know both will suffice.
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September 8, 2012 12:46:54 AM

obsama1 said:
I say wait for the new A10. PD cores instead of Stars (IIRC), and better GPU.

Very true.
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September 8, 2012 12:49:08 AM

Smeg45 said:
The new Ivy Bridge i3's will still be better on the CPU side then Trinity. The choice is yours - better CPU grunt or better GPU grunt.

GPU grunt can be easily fixed with a dedicated card, however, it's still something OP may want to consider.
September 8, 2012 12:50:18 AM

The new Ivy Bridge i3's will still be better on the CPU side then Trinity. The choice is yours - better CPU grunt or better GPU grunt.
September 8, 2012 12:55:24 AM

if you don't have dedicated graphics card or it dont fit in your budget A8-3870 have the best available integrated graphics card,its impossible to play most DX11 games with intel integrated graphics card.
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September 8, 2012 1:00:55 AM

oxford373 said:
if you don't have dedicated graphics card or it dont fit in your budget A8-3870 have the best available integrated graphics card,its impossible to play most DX11 games with intel integrated graphics card.

True, but considering OP has stated he's considering the FX-4120, which does not have an integrated GPU, and the fact that he's stated he's willing to get a dedicated card, this is of no concern to me.
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September 8, 2012 1:08:29 AM

oxford373 said:
also A8-3870 is faster on multithreaded programs like 7ZIP/video editing and multitasking than i3-2100 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/399?vs=289

Yes, considering it's actually a Quad-Core chip unlike the Dual Core with HT :)  OCing the 3870k will give it a little bit more advantage as well.
September 8, 2012 11:08:45 AM

mocchan said:
Yes, considering it's actually a Quad-Core chip unlike the Dual Core with HT :)  OCing the 3870k will give it a little bit more advantage as well.


so what shall i go with?
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September 8, 2012 11:33:20 AM

I say 3870 it will be more than enough for your requirements. 4GB of Ram is plenty for your needs as well but as mentioned you absolutely want an ssd for the uses described above
September 8, 2012 12:31:13 PM

okay thanks, i might save up for the i5. cuz i want this computer to last me quite along time. im going to think about it.
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September 8, 2012 10:38:30 PM

adamyjake said:
okay thanks, i might save up for the i5. cuz i want this computer to last me quite along time. im going to think about it.

This is a great option as well, the APU's are based on a very out-dated architecture, and the FX series of CPU's at the moment aren't very good performance wise. Going with an i5 would certainly last you much longer.
September 8, 2012 10:41:48 PM

mocchan said:
This is a great option as well, the APU's are based on a very out-dated architecture, and the FX series of CPU's at the moment aren't very good performance wise. Going with an i5 would certainly last you much longer.


I'd second that. Light coding/programming will compute quicker on an i5. I'd only get an APU if it were a basic internet + office box and nothing else (like mine).
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September 9, 2012 3:19:09 AM

Im sure the money would be better spent on an ssd in place of a i5 and add on card frankly HD 2000/3000 are really quite sad when it comes to even the games mentioned, coding does not take quicker computer,

All the tasks stated by the op would see 0 benefit from the i5 and do considerably worse in games stated at the top of the thread, this is actually a no win for intel just buying the name
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September 9, 2012 3:48:28 AM

^ Great input, thanks for that. I was actually looking for some information regarding APU's and Bulldozer performance for OP's task compared to an i5.

SSD would definitely benefit OP more, so I agree there as well.

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September 10, 2012 12:47:48 PM

mocchan said:
^ Great input, thanks for that. I was actually looking for some information regarding APU's and Bulldozer performance for OP's task compared to an i5.

SSD would definitely benefit OP more, so I agree there as well.



Don't get me wrong I would take the i3/i5 over BD any day but for the OP described as uses there really is no reason to pay additional money
September 10, 2012 3:50:26 PM

Go for A8 3870-k . As you want to overclock, it's best bang for the buck.
Also I would suggest to get a higher clock speed RAM, like 1866. It will benefit the A8's GPU.
Other option I would suggest is to wait for A10 launch. It will be in the market around October.
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