I am looking to upgrade my second in home PC and saw that the FX 4100 was on sale for 79.99 at Compusa. Ive heard good and bad things about this processor and was wondering if it is worth it at this price or i should go with something else? Thank you.
That is a socket AM2 CPU. You will need to upgrade to a socket AM3+ motherboard to use the FX-4100. It will be a pretty good increase in performance and it allows for some overclocking as well. I think I've read somewhere that the FX-4300 is better for overclocking though.
I do game but i already have a gaming computer, this one would be used by my wife and daughter playing games occasionaly. It doesnt need to be max graphics. I just want it to be able to play new games even if its no higher than medium settings.
I really don't like the AMD cpus atm because a highly overclocked 8350 still gets out performed by a stock clock 3570k. A 4000 series chip should be ok for low to medium settings at 1920x1080 as long as you have a graphics card about as good as a ~6750
Its better GAMING cpu at stock, but its not faster overall and its not a better choice either. The 4100 can overclock fairly easily while the G860 cant. In fact, the 4100's big brother, the 4170, in that same article tied for best gaming cpu between $100-$200. Take a look:
Yes i know many people talk down about the Bulldozers and especially the 4100 but for the price i dont think i can go wrong. I already have a gaming rig for myself with an i5 2400 and i dont expect this processor to be amazing, i just want to make sure im not getting complete crap.