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I have the ASRock Extreme4 mb w/Phenom II X3 720BE.
I did unlock the 4th core with some success, but eventually caused system failures.
I liked the speed I got from the 4th core unlocked (even bumped the freq to 3010Mhz). So my question is the FX line better then the Phenom II or would I be better sticking with Phenom II but either X4 or X6? Keep in mind I usually don't have much $$ to spend, so around 100-150bucks is about what I can do for now.

Oh, as a side note: With only 3 cores I get lag on games and slower programs.

Thanks for any suggestions :rockout:
 
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from what ive read the x4s give the bulldozer a run for the money. i believe the x4 965 is something like 90 bucks now over at microcenter. i bought mine brand new for 110 with my current build. no issues whats so ever, have it overclocked to 3.9 on a simple watercooling system that was handed down to me. look at my specs, i have everything on ultra for bf3 with absolutely no lag.

edit: also if you go with the fx series youre gonna need a new mobo. as its am3+ and wont fit a am3 mobo.
 

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I'd say go for a FX. For just over $150, you can get a FX-8120, which has 8 cores at 3.1GHz. The FX CPUs overclock really well too, so ~4GHz is entirely doable. Alternatively, Newegg frequently has the Phenom II X4 965BE for $90.
 
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I'd say go for a FX. For just over $150, you can get a FX-8120, which has 8 cores at 3.1GHz. The FX CPUs overclock really well too, so ~4GHz is entirely doable. Alternatively, Newegg frequently has the Phenom II X4 965BE for $90.
I was looking at the FX 6100@3.3Ghz at Micro Center for $109, or would the FX 4100@3.6Ghz for $89 be a better buy?
 
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that fx4100 is still a quad core. for ten bucks less you can get the 965 and wont have to worry about buying a new mobo.
 
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from what ive read the x4s give the bulldozer a run for the money. i believe the x4 965 is something like 90 bucks now over at microcenter. i bought mine brand new for 110 with my current build. no issues whats so ever, have it overclocked to 3.9 on a simple watercooling system that was handed down to me. look at my specs, i have everything on ultra for bf3 with absolutely no lag.

edit: also if you go with the fx series youre gonna need a new mobo. as its am3+ and wont fit a am3 mobo.
It is an AM3+ MoBo. Go to the cpu support list: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?cat=CPU&Model=970 Extreme4
 
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from what ive read the x4s give the bulldozer a run for the money. i believe the x4 965 is something like 90 bucks now over at microcenter. i bought mine brand new for 110 with my current build. no issues whats so ever, have it overclocked to 3.9 on a simple watercooling system that was handed down to me. look at my specs, i have everything on ultra for bf3 with absolutely no lag.

So back to your first answer :)

The Phenom II is still a better processor then the FX???

Micro Center has the 965X4 down to $89 bucks, too.
 
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ahhhhh i didnt even bother looking into the mobo, thought you were running an am3 mobo. theres a lot of rumors saying that the phenoms still give the bulldozers a nice run. i wouldnt know, maybe those that have had both can atest to that. from what ive read bulldozers are nice overclockers. i really dont know how much of an upgrade it is, im happy with my current budget build.
 

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from what ive read the x4s give the bulldozer a run for the money. i believe the x4 965 is something like 90 bucks now over at microcenter. i bought mine brand new for 110 with my current build. no issues whats so ever, have it overclocked to 3.9 on a simple watercooling system that was handed down to me. look at my specs, i have everything on ultra for bf3 with absolutely no lag.

So back to your first answer :)

The Phenom II is still a better processor then the FX???
Go with an FX-6100. It's the best balance of price, features and performance for your setup atm.

You can set it to FX-6200 speed w/o issues with only a few BIOS clicks... will save you a couple of $$$ that way ;)
 
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ahhhhh i didnt even bother looking into the mobo, thought you were running an am3 mobo. theres a lot of rumors saying that the phenoms still give the bulldozers a nice run. i wouldnt know, maybe those that have had both can atest to that. from what ive read bulldozers are nice overclockers. i really dont know how much of an upgrade it is, im happy with my current budget build.
What I like about AMD :D They are cheap to build. You play games on that system? Do you have ultra settings or atleast high? If yes. How does the system handle it?
 
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Go with an FX-6100. It's the best balance of price, features and performance for your setup atm.

You can set it to FX-6200 speed w/o issues with only a few BIOS clicks... will save you a couple of $$$ that way ;)
What I was thinking all along :cool:

Thank You all for the replies
 
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yes my bf3 is on ultra everything at 1080p, it handles it like a champ. no compaints, no lag, and absolutely no choppiness.
 
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Despite the poor result of the FX vs it's predecessor and against Intel's offerings, they are still a good chip and nothing to be scoffed at.
 
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Despite the poor result of the FX vs it's predecessor and against Intel's offerings, they are still a good chip and nothing to be scoffed at.
Yea that is what scared me a bit and why I came here for some sort of advice on what is best to get atm.
 

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hey sorry you encountered instability, ya some chips have it others dont. Honestly Id look at pricing of Phenom IIs before biting the bullet on a FX.
 
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hey sorry you encountered instability, ya some chips have it others dont. Honestly Id look at pricing of Phenom IIs before biting the bullet on a FX.
Hi!

Yea thats what we were going over here, but the FX is about the same price as Phenom II (well maybe a bit more, but you get more too?).
 
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go for the FX 6100

Edit: what games do you play
 
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go for the FX 6100

Edit: what games do you play
Well was on WoW (but not happy with the new "arcade" like feel to it anymore).
I probably get Skyrim here shortly and want my system to handle it.
 
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looks like you already have a decent gpu, so at this point anything you get will be a worthy upgrade.
 

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Honestly youre not getting more from FX but if its in easier avail and cheaper go for it.
 
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Honestly youre not getting more from FX but if its in easier avail and cheaper go for it.
Not cheaper because they have the the 965 X4 for the same price as the FX 4100. And this is what I want to know? Which is better the Phenom II or the FX chips?
 
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Looking on Micro Centers site they only show 8 AMD processors. But I know they have more in their store to choose from. I like going there cause they are close to me and I hate waiting for it to get to me. But also I can take it back and get another that day if something is wrong with it.
 

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Not cheaper because they have the the 965 X4 for the same price as the FX 4100. And this is what I want to know? Which is better the Phenom II or the FX chips?
if it's 965BE vs an FX-Quad core.... go for the 965BE

Otherwise the FX-6100 is overall a better choice than the 965BE. Runs cooler too.

Look at my sig- I run them all except the FX-8120 (which I will add to the list next month)

*Note- The 1045T is also a good chip but I would still buy a 6100 within that price range