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FX4170 versus FX6100

I'm looking at an AM3+ build and seeing that the FX-4170 and FX-6100 are running the same price ($119 on newegg).

Would there be any advantage of one over the other?

Intuitively (I'm no expert), the 6100 wins with 6 cores, bigger L2 cache and lower power requirement, even though its base clock speeds are lower???

thoughts? (and dont tell me to just get an i5!)
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  1. Well thw higher clock speed is better in lighter threaded software.
  2. Good answer Finne
    Depends on what software you plan to run, like vieo editing or just plain games.
  3. the FX 6100 is the better choice

    Edit: i don't get why ppl recommend the FX 4170 when its just a FX 4100 with a higher base clock which you can oc a FX 4100 to the same speed with no problem.
  4. Depends what needs to get done, if you're simply gaming go with the FX 4170/4100, if you're planning to use software that will take advantage of multiple threads then the FX 6100 would be the better pick.

    Though if they are the same price as you say, then the obvious choice to me would be to get the FX 6100, as it is more powerful in theory. But really it's hard to determine unless we know what software is being ran.
  5. Some gaming (dead space, L4D, TF2, Assassins Creed, Bioshock...nothing from the last couple years), Internet/media, and office.

    Anything is going to be a major step up from a Dimension 8200 running a P4, AGP and RAMBUS.
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    cpokey26 said:
    Some gaming (dead space, L4D, TF2, Assassins Creed, Bioshock...nothing from the last couple years), Internet/media, and office.

    Anything is going to be a major step up from a Dimension 8200 running a P4, AGP and RAMBUS.


    Then an FX 4100/4170 is more then enough.
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