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AMD FX-4100 or Phenom II X4 965 for gaming?

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October 3, 2012 10:47:20 PM

I am building a gaming PC. I will not be able to afford an Intel, as I already have an AMD motherboard and cannot afford to get an Intel compatible one. I also have a low budget for the CPU. I cannot spend over ~$120.
Specs for the rest of the build:
Mobo: MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970
RAM: 8 gigs ddr3
HDD: 400 GB Caviar blue
Video card: Radeon HD 7770
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October 4, 2012 12:03:43 AM

I vote for the PhIIx4 965BE. Easy to O/C and only $90 w/promo code if you act fast: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Phenom may be a bit 'long in the tooth' but it still is a proven performer. It will keep up with almost any graphic card you'll want to buy... especially when O/C.
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October 4, 2012 12:18:22 AM

Phenom x4 965 is better.

Its a true quad core cpu, the 4100 is a "pseudo quad" aka dual module cpu. It has 4 integer cores and only 2 shared fp cores. The phenom has 4 of each.
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October 4, 2012 12:51:23 AM

Definitely the 965 BE. Overall it will out perform the Bulldozer in most games.
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October 4, 2012 1:30:10 AM

Thank you everyone! Just bought the Phenom while it was on offer for 90 bucks on Newegg!
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October 4, 2012 5:04:49 PM

Best choice between the two, by far. Don't go too heavy on the O/Cing untill you get a better cooler, tho. The stock cooler wasn't designed to cool much beyond the stock speed. Even if you don't O/C it will be a great gamer.
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January 31, 2013 6:00:08 PM

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