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Is AMD FX4170 compatible with GeForce GTX 480?

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October 7, 2012 5:39:44 PM

I'm planning to assemble a budget gaming rig. Here are the specs:

FX-4170
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 (rev. 1.2)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200.14 (ST1000DM003) SATA 6 Gbps
G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W Power Supply
Lite-On iHAS124-04

1. Will there be any performance or compatibility issues between FX4170 and GTX480?
2. Can I have the GTX480 in SLI with another GTX GPU?

I saw that the FX4170 and GTX480 had good CPU/GPU scores at:
http://community.futuremark.com/hardware/game_requireme...

Thanks
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October 7, 2012 5:50:56 PM

Why get a 480? The 7850 and 7870 are the same price, use less power, and faster. The FX-4170 is an OK CPU, but the A10-5800K and soon-to-be Piledriver FX-4350 outperform it. You never have to worry about GPU/CPU compatibility. If it's PCIe, it will work. If you're playing at 1080p, then I wouldn't recommend SLI or Crossfire.
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October 7, 2012 5:55:21 PM

Great if you want to heat a small family home

You could do alot better but yes they will work
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October 8, 2012 1:10:53 PM

obsama1 said:
Why get a 480? The 7850 and 7870 are the same price, use less power, and faster. The FX-4170 is an OK CPU, but the A10-5800K and soon-to-be Piledriver FX-4350 outperform it. You never have to worry about GPU/CPU compatibility. If it's PCIe, it will work. If you're playing at 1080p, then I wouldn't recommend SLI or Crossfire.


Thanks for your reply! I will take your advice and wait for the Vishera. I guess they are due in Oct-12. Do you think the FX-4170 is better than Phenom II X4 Black Edition 965?
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October 8, 2012 1:17:51 PM

wr6133 said:
Great if you want to heat a small family home

You could do alot better but yes they will work


Lol, yes, AMD processors do consume a lot of power. What would be your recommendation?
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October 8, 2012 1:32:43 PM

If your going AMD I would either wait till the immenent release of the new gen of FX as 4170 is not so great OR if you really want to build right now get a Phenom II 965BE and Overclock it.

Would also consider the Gigabyte 990xa-ud3 motherboard its cheaper and should still offer all you need (I use one with my Phenom II X6).

I wouldn't get a GTX480 they were famous for drinking power and p!ssing heat I would go with a nice 6xx series card. 660ti or 660.

Whats your total build budget?
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October 8, 2012 2:18:56 PM

wr6133 said:
If your going AMD I would either wait till the immenent release of the new gen of FX as 4170 is not so great OR if you really want to build right now get a Phenom II 965BE and Overclock it.

Would also consider the Gigabyte 990xa-ud3 motherboard its cheaper and should still offer all you need (I use one with my Phenom II X6).

I wouldn't get a GTX480 they were famous for drinking power and p!ssing heat I would go with a nice 6xx series card. 660ti or 660.

Whats your total build budget?



Around $800. Its been 3-4 years since I asembled a rig. Lost interest after that. And the world has changed so much! I'm a newbie once again grappling with all the current technical jargon.

Here's another newbie query:
I see that some GPUs are PCIe 3.0 standard (for example, HD7850) but most mobos have PCIe 2.0. Is it necessary that I pair a 3.0 GPU with a 3.0 mobo?

Thanks for your valuable advice and patience.
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October 8, 2012 2:52:21 PM

Sorry for doing this the lazy screenshot way not with proper links but I'm slightly busy at the moment so this was easier :)  (Its all from newegg)



Thats just short of $850 or 830 after mail in rebate should give you an idea of what your budget can achieve.
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October 8, 2012 2:52:43 PM

The PCI-e 3.0 cards are backwards compatible, its not essential to get a PCI-e 3.0 as no AMD boards currently support it, while intel partners all make PCI-e 3.0 boards.

I have recently run tests on the A10-5800K / FM2 A85 mobo (can't disclose) tested iGPU performance, assymetrical crossfire and discrete GPU performance, with a HD 7970 the 5800K is around 8FPS slower than a 3770K with a 7970 in BF3 fully maxed out, while it does take away the purpose of a APU, it shows that said chip is rather good in all GPU bound titles, there is a gap CPU bound games but really everything is well over 60FPS and in RTS nobody is really going to frame count. I was a bit hessitent on them but its clear Trinity hit hard with impressive all round performance.

while it is folly to speculate on Vishera, what can be said is that Vishera FX cores scale up ~50% on A-Series cores so you can make from there what you like.

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October 8, 2012 3:21:07 PM

An FX-4350 and 7870 would be good. The 660 is nice, but the 7870 beats it. The 660Ti is also a nice card, but the 7950 beats it.
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October 8, 2012 4:09:44 PM

You want to wait for Piledriver FX AM3+ chips, complete overhaul over BD at every level and noticeable performance yields.
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October 9, 2012 4:14:19 PM

sarinaide, obsama1, and wr6133

Thank you for taking the time to reply. You guys are just great! I certainly learned quite a few things from from all of you. I have got the all answers I needed for now. Keeping my fingers crossed for the Vishera--hope it doesn't dissappoint.

best wishes
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