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November 2, 2012 9:26:36 PM

Hello. :hello: 
I am going to build a gaming PC but cannot decide what CPU to get.
I want to keep the price as low as possible but also get a lot of gaming performance.

The FX series processors seem perfect for my needs but I cannot decide which one to get.

I am mainly focused on the 4170 and the 4300.

Any suggestion are welcome.

Although I do not want to get a Phenom II processor because they are getting old and I want my computer to last me a long time.

I will be running games at 1920 by 1080 resolution and using an overclocked HD Radeon 7870 from Gigabyte.

Thank you. :) 

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November 2, 2012 10:18:38 PM

I would recommend the new Piledriver over the Bulldozer. Newer architecture and better performance.

What does the rest of your build look like?
November 2, 2012 10:48:22 PM

Just keep in mind that their performance is on par with Intel's i3 series, so don't expect being able to handle CPU heavy tasks like BF3's multiplayer.
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November 3, 2012 12:30:08 AM

Considering Intel Core i3's can handle BF3 multiplayer just fine, I am not too concerned about the FX-41XX/43XX.

However, I would highly recommend the FX-4300. It will perform better than the FX-4170 due to the refined architecture while leaving you with a massive OC headroom for even more performance. Of course, if you would like to go Intel, the Intel Core i3 3220 is a GREAT value as well. You will have a significantly larger upgrade path with an i3 than with a FX chip.
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November 3, 2012 2:12:26 AM

Between the two, i vote for the FX 4300....the improved IPC of PD should enable it to match the slighlty higher clocked FX-4170, but at the same time using significantly less power, only 95W vs the 125W of the older 4170.
In other words, it also translates to lesser heat while OC'ing :) 
November 3, 2012 6:50:29 AM

Thank you for all your suggestions. :) 

Although will the FX-4300 be able to run BF3 if I overclock it or will there be a bottleneck of some sort?

Here are the full specs for my PC I am planning to build.

CPU: FX 4300

GPU: 7870 Gigabyte OC Edition

PSU: Not sure yet.

RAM: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 8GB

CASE: Cooler Master HAF 912

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3

If over clocking, I am probably going to get a Cooler Master 212 Hyper Evo CPU cooler instead of the stock one because I heard the one it comes with is crap.

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November 3, 2012 8:24:54 AM

You should be just fine. The 212 EVO is great, and you won't have any bottlenecks.
November 5, 2012 6:02:22 PM

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