Im looking to build a new desktop. It will be used mostly for app development w/ Eclipse IDE, some video and pic editing w/ CS2 and Photoshop, and just regular home use. Im looking to somewhat future proof this a bit. I want a fast pc so im looking for quad cores over 3.4ghz or higher and w/ overclocking abilities made simple. Gaming is not a big deal for me as i only play iRacing on the pc. Ive narrowed my searches down to the AMD phenom 965 be black edition, the FX 4300, and the A10-5800k apu. Theyre all priced around the same other than the phenom w/ is cheaper, but thats not a real issue for me. Which is the processor that would work best for me?? This is my first build as well I would like to keep it under $450, i already have the tower and optical drive. Help w/ a mobo would be appreciated as well. Thanks for any help.
Are you planning not to buy any discrete video cards? If not then the A10-5800k is the way to go. If you are heading in to buying a discrete video card then the FX-4300 is the way to go, it can overclock quite well.
the denab first the 4300 second and the a10 third. the a10 i would have chosen first, but you mentioned that your going to get another video card. the a10 has actually out performed some intel i5's in non benchmark test.
What makes the 6300 better? Its rated a 3.5ghz and the firstname.lastname@example.org. Just curious as im no expert by any means.
Well the architecture is just a bit better but I say the difference is very little. I believe its only a few dollars for a difference but if your money is tight then just go with the FX-4300. Anyways the FX-series don't really use traditional cores so I don't think the extra two cores will be so helpful unless doing rendering.
I would personally go for the FX-6300. It's only $10 more expensive than the FX-4300 for a bit more multi-threaded performance. Given that the stock AMD cooler will suffice for small overclocks (300Mhz is very achievable), the FX-6300 is a very attractive option.
Also, take into consideration that if you find that games work better on an FX-4300 over the FX-6300, you can always disable a Module inside BIOS to get a pseudo-FX-4300