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a b À AMD
September 8, 2012 4:44:50 PM

I have read lots of bad reviews on the AMD fx4100 cpu but i was on a very tight budget so i built my new computer using one. I wanted SATA 3 for my new solid state drive and the intel board was more expensive with the i3.
My system is

AMD fx4100 @ 4ghz
8gb of ddr3 ram at 1333mhz
Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 motherboard
AMD 6850 graphics card
OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD
500gb storage hard drive
Antec 520W High Current Gamer PSU (rebranded seasonic)

This is an upgrade from

Athlon 5200 dual core at 2.7ghz
4gb of ddr2 ram
Nvidia 8800gs with 384mb of ram
Some old asrock motherboard
500 gb hard drive
450 watt psu

My new system seems quite good for me for what i paid for it and assassins creed which is the only game i've played since i've built it seems so much faster. I think this system is okay for me but everyone complaining about the fx4100 still makes me worry.Some of us don't have the money for the intel builds and just do what we can with what we have.
What do you guys think of my system?

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September 8, 2012 4:49:42 PM

It's only "bad" when you compare it to Intel based systems. Everyone wants the best performance, so people will chose Intel. Doesn't mean the 4100 is a slouch or is bad. Coming from your previous computer, either the FX or i5 would be a huge upgrade. It doesn't look bad to me. But, to increase performance a bit, install the Bulldozer hotfixes.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2646060
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2645594
a b À AMD
September 8, 2012 5:07:51 PM

Nothing wrong with your new computer.
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a b À AMD
September 8, 2012 5:55:06 PM

Thanks guys that makes me feel a little better:) 
I'll try the hotfixes too. Thank you for that
September 8, 2012 6:47:38 PM

It's okay, but I would rather a 3570k and 1600mhz of RAM...
a b À AMD
September 8, 2012 7:10:44 PM

i would rather have that too but i don't have the money. maybe next year:) 
September 9, 2012 12:02:54 AM

Next year, you'll have Haswell and Steamroller. Nothing wrong with 1333. 1600 is indistinguishable from 1333 except in benchmarks.
a b À AMD
September 9, 2012 12:53:53 AM

i can get 1600 speed ram if it will help. i can always sell my 1333 as i do a lot of tinkering and upgrading for people i know if it will help. it seems to do everything okay but i don't run benchmarks myself. i was more worried about the cpu. maybe that's only a problem on games like BF3 and skyrim. i just want to be able to play assassins creed 3 okay as i'm really looking forward to that and it was my main reason to upgrade
September 9, 2012 12:58:23 AM

1600 won't make much, if any, of a difference. Assassins' Creed is another console port. An FX4100 will be enough for it.
a b À AMD
September 9, 2012 1:08:39 AM

assassins creed 3 is a new game engine and has direct x 11 graphics from what i've read. it looks pretty cool and i am so looking forward to finding out how the story ends
a b À AMD
September 9, 2012 1:16:32 AM

spat55 said:
It's okay, but I would rather a 3570k and 1600mhz of RAM...



For a chip that's twice as expensive, it should be faster and do you really think you could tell the difference with 1600mhz ram over 1333mhz? Sure, on paper it may look faster. In day to day usage, are really going to see something, that's like OMG, my RAM sucks so bad this PC is crap because your RAM is 1333?


To the OP, looks like a decent build and if it plays what you want it to play, then be happy and not worry about what others think. Too many benchmark critics on here who rely on some chart from this site or that site to put down someones system or tell them they HAVE to go with this chip or that. I love how people get all technical and will be like this chip or this GPU sucks, look at the benchmarks. Then you look and it's like 90FPS vs 78FPS. Big deal, it's faster than we need and if you're talking twice the price, that's not twice the performance to me.

Enjoy your system. I enjoy my AMD 1075T and I really don't care what anyone thinks of it.
September 9, 2012 1:19:20 AM

+1 to the above. It's a first-world problem. Decent CPU's, but we're all just nitpicking.
a b À AMD
September 9, 2012 1:26:01 AM

I am enjoying my system getochkn:)  I overclocked my cpu to 4.2ghz now without a volt increase and it's stable. I am happy with the performance increase from my old system as that was really starting to struggle with some games and now everything seems smooth as silk, well at least to me it does.At least i've contributed to some much needed R & D to amd in the hopes they improve the fx line like they did with the phenoms 2 after the phenom 1 problems.
September 9, 2012 7:27:13 AM

jay2577 said:
i would rather have that too but i don't have the money. maybe next year:) 


I didn't see you had 1333mhz RAM sorry :( 
a b À AMD
September 9, 2012 9:13:07 AM

So the 1333mhz memory is fine?
September 9, 2012 3:58:12 PM

jay2577 said:
So the 1333mhz memory is fine?


Personally I would rather spend the extra on 1600mhz RAM but thats just me, you will be fine with 1333mhz, you could even oc it :lol: 
September 9, 2012 3:59:05 PM

It's fine. 1066 is a bit slow, and 1866 is unnoticeable compared to 1333 or 1600. You'll only see the performance difference in benchmarks.
a b À AMD
September 9, 2012 4:51:54 PM

spat55 said:
Personally I would rather spend the extra on 1600mhz RAM but thats just me, you will be fine with 1333mhz, you could even oc it :lol: 



Why? Would they have gotten like 20fps more? Would their system boot 20secs faster? Or is it because 1600 > 1333 and everything thinks you need it.
September 9, 2012 7:51:18 PM

getochkn said:
Why? Would they have gotten like 20fps more? Would their system boot 20secs faster? Or is it because 1600 > 1333 and everything thinks you need it.


Just as it is faster, it' minimal but still has a difference, at the price difference between 1333mhz and 1600mhz I dont think you can say no, but if you already have 1333 stick with it.
a b À AMD
September 9, 2012 10:07:37 PM

I've got someone who will buy my ram so i'll have 1600mhz ram next saturday:)  They are buying it for what i paid for it. Maybe i'll get piledriver later on too if my motherboard will take it
September 10, 2012 3:45:58 PM

jay2577 said:
I've got someone who will buy my ram so i'll have 1600mhz ram next saturday:)  They are buying it for what i paid for it. Maybe i'll get piledriver later on too if my motherboard will take it


Good! I think it is worth it, expecilly if you arn't losing anything, it's also more future proof...
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