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Looking to get a new computer; will an AMD FX 4100 Hold back my HD7850

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December 15, 2012 1:20:34 AM

I'm building a new entry level PC, here are the specs

AMD FX 4100 @3.30Ghz quad core
ASRock 970-EXTREME3 Motherboard
Kingston KVR1333D3N9/8G 8GB (1x8GB) 1333Mhz DDR3
Western Digital WD Green 500GB ( can someone reccommend a 500gb that won't cause a bottleneck?)
Thermaltake Versa II Mid Tower w/ 500w psu
MSI Radeon HD7850

thanks in advance!
December 15, 2012 1:41:05 AM

Go for a Phenom II x4 965, much better for gaming, the 7850's are a great value, so I'd keep that.
Now for your hard drive, you don't want Green/Eco for gaming, those are best for storage. I'm not a hard drive expert but I like the Hitachi's they're very loud but are quite cheap (they're owned by Western Digital now so maybe they've quited down a bit). The Western digital Blacks are expensive but very nice, and the Western digital Caviar Blue are good all around hard drives as well.
Your PSU, the ones that come with cases are very low quality to say the least here are some good PSU's I recommend to people, I'd recommend paying for the more expensive one, but if moneys real tight the Antec is good enough.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 15, 2012 1:43:59 AM

Suppose I should answer the title question, it probably won't bottle neck. My friend has a similiar set up, his CPU does okay in most games but there's a few times when his FPS will go way down. Again though, the Phenoms are a better deal when your gaming, unless you want to step up to a higher 8 core FX (8350) many people are fine with their 6 core FX CPU's, I don't know any one personally that has one so I can't speak for this.
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December 15, 2012 2:13:56 AM

I don't think it will bottleneck your 7850 as long as you at least mildly overclock your cpu. Having said that, I really would recommend bumping up your cpu to the 6100 so you get a much more balanced system. The other equally good (but not bank breaking) option is to go for a phenom II x4 cpu like the 965 and overclock that a little bit. Since this is a budget build, I would not go for amd's fx-8350 cpu.

As for your hard drive, any mechanical hard drive will slow down your system (which is why ssd's are so great). But this is a budget build and I don't want you going over your budget if we can help it
This is a well rated hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't but the similarly priced/spec'd seagate barracuda. It fails much more often than the WD one I suggested.

Also, is there a reason you want to go for 1 stick of 8gb ram? The difference in price is like $4 between the 1x8gb and 2x4gb. But if it really matters, then I would go for either the 1333mhz stick http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... at $35
or the 1600mhz stick http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... at $38 (It's only $3 more).
December 15, 2012 3:13:12 AM

fudoka711 said:
I don't think it will bottleneck your 7850 as long as you at least mildly overclock your cpu. Having said that, I really would recommend bumping up your cpu to the 6100 so you get a much more balanced system. The other equally good (but not bank breaking) option is to go for a phenom II x4 cpu like the 965 and overclock that a little bit. Since this is a budget build, I would not go for amd's fx-8350 cpu.

As for your hard drive, any mechanical hard drive will slow down your system (which is why ssd's are so great). But this is a budget build and I don't want you going over your budget if we can help it
This is a well rated hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't but the similarly priced/spec'd seagate barracuda. It fails much more often than the WD one I suggested.

Also, is there a reason you want to go for 1 stick of 8gb ram? The difference in price is like $4 between the 1x8gb and 2x4gb. But if it really matters, then I would go for either the 1333mhz stick http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... at $35
or the 1600mhz stick http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... at $38 (It's only $3 more).


as this is a computer im yet to buy parts and make, should i stick to AMD? or go intel?
December 15, 2012 7:43:20 PM

Well, it really just depends on how much you're willing to spend. AMD's phenom II x4 line of cpu's is tried and true and works great, but it is older. the phenom II x4 965 is $100 right now, $10 less than the fx-4100. But in lieu of the phenom II, I would actually get the FX-6100, which is $105 on newegg right now. You will be able to upgrade in the future too (not the phenom II)

On the intel side I would go for the core i3-3220 as it is only $120 right now, but won't have an upgrade path. I don't remember exactly, but I think the intel one performs better than both amd's in gaming until you overclock the amd's a bit.
December 15, 2012 10:15:48 PM

I wouldn't say he doesn't have an upgrade path with Intel, you can buy that I3, then upgrade to the $200 I5 3570 later on. They're both 1155 socket.
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