Budget Gamer worried about FX CPU and gaming...

FX 6100
970A-G46 MSi
7850 Sapphire 2GB
8gb GeIL 1866 2x4
620C NEO Eco Antec
Antec 300 Illusion

My worry is that the 6100 will bottleneck the 7850...

If over clocking is my fate, which cooler?

I want to put it up to about 3.9 GHz and the price point on that Rosewill RCX-Z1 is seducing me... but I know I should get a 212. So the question becomes. How much do you guys think I can over clock this with the Rosewill cooler?

Guys I'm ignorant. I see the CFM these things can push and call it there. What makes this RCX inferior to the Hyper 212? In my eyes they're a lot closer to the same league.

Is 3.9 GHz even enough to avoid the bottleneck?

Thanks so much in advanced, if you have input please take 5 minutes of your time to give some much-needed insight.
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  1. First off, If you haven't got the CPU yet, shoot for the 6300. Much better CPU for gaming when it comes to AMD (plus it uses Piledriver architecture over Bulldozer).

    Second, you will not get a bottleneck even with the 6100. You would need a much lower generation CPU for that to happen. No worries there.

    I was running a Phenom II X4 925 @ 3.5 GHz with 560's in SLI and didn't get a bottleneck.
  2. Damn I shoudlve been more thorough, got the 6100 because I figured the 6300 was an-up clocked version of the same chip. Oh well :P thanks for the response man,

    How do you stand on the RCX commentary?
  3. what is the resolution you'll be playing at?
  4. 1920x1080
  5. Personally, I feel that heatsinks that allow air to flow completely through them have much better cooling performance. I just feel like the heat is trapped in the heatsink with the fan blowing down into them. Vertical heatsinks such as the EVO or Noctua have a constant flow of cooler air through the sink.
  6. 1080p is really gonna stress out your fx6100. you will experience bottlenecks on cpu-heavy games.
  7. Compatibility AMD Athlon 64 FX (Socket 754, 939, 940, AM2)
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Socket 754, 939, 940, AM2)
    AMD Athlon 64 (Socket 754, 939, 940, AM2)
    AMD Sempron (Socket 754, 939, 940, AM2)

    it doesn't even have pwm. it's a cooler for very old systems. just use the stock cooler until you get a better one, like the 212.

    I think an Athlon II x2; x3 would bottleneck your system, not an FX whatever model it is.
  8. Thanks so much for the input guys, I'm going to sit on stock, wait to see how the PC performs and go with a Hyper212+ when the time comes.
  9. you'll be fine, CPU almost never bottleneck games anymore (only a few titles actually rely on good cpu's all the rest is GPU) so the difference will only ever be a few FPS

    I do a LOT of computer work, and a lot of 2nd hand computer builds, SO i have a habit of testing high end GPU's on low end CPU's for kicks, you'd be suprised how much a older machine will benefit from a from a high end card , yes there is a bottleneck but suprisingly stuff is still playable, and not like the end of the world like everyone predicts on here
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