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Should I get the phenom ii x4 965 BE or the fx 6100?

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September 29, 2012 8:23:51 PM

I'm looking to build a gaming pc on a pretty tight budget (trying to stay close to 600 bucks for parts). Ordinarily, I would go with an i3, since intel is unmatched in core performance and is undoubtedly the better choice if gaming is all I'm doing, but I'm looking to do some multitasking as well. I want to record games, probably with some other stuff open as well like a webcam/skype, music, some browser tabs. I don't think an i3 can really hold up in that kind of situation.
So I'm trying to decide between the phenom ii x4 965 BE and the fx 6100. I probably won't be overclocking, at least not right away. Which cpu will serve my purposes better?

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September 29, 2012 8:32:23 PM

If you're going to use IGP graphics go for the 6100. Otherwise, go for the 965 BE.
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September 29, 2012 8:58:20 PM

965BE using IGP or not makes no difference
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September 29, 2012 9:05:55 PM

abekl said:
If you're going to use IGP graphics go for the 6100. Otherwise, go for the 965 BE.


Okay, thanks! I'll be pairing it with a 7850 so i'm going to go with the 965. How far into the future do you think it will remain a viable cpu for gaming?
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September 29, 2012 9:10:10 PM

Another couple of years at least.
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September 29, 2012 9:11:26 PM

I would suggest waiting for Piledriver. The FX-4350 will be $130, and it might be better than the Phenom II's. If it's a flop, just get the 965BE.
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September 29, 2012 9:14:38 PM

obsama1 said:
I would suggest waiting for Piledriver. The FX-4350 will be $130, and it might be better than the Phenom II's. If it's a flop, just get the 965BE.


Alright will do. Although, for 40 bucks more than the 965, it would need to be considerably better to make me go for it.
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September 29, 2012 9:24:46 PM

Well wait for benchmarks for Piledriver before buying and see how much faster it is than the PIIX4BE.
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September 29, 2012 10:09:26 PM

I agree with getting 965, or wait until "piledriver" is out and tested. Unfortunately the "bulldozer" is not what it was planned to be. I for one am hoping that the "piledriver" lives up to its specs. Time will tell.
Besides the 965's are dirt cheap now and I've never seen it slow down.
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