AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz VS. AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz
Posted 26 September 2012 - 12:42 PM
Posted 26 September 2012 - 01:04 PM
That is a current chart tomshardware recently did and show cases where the cpu's fit in regards to gaming at the moment. While not the end all beat all answer it is a good place to start while waiting for an answer to your questions.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 09:21 PM
Posted 27 September 2012 - 04:51 PM
If I may offer some input for you;
The average user will for the most not even use all four of a quad core even when gaming, this may change over time as software progresses, look at the system requirements for any games that you intend playing and see how many if any require a Hex core CPU as a minimum requirement.
Users who will use 6 or 8 core - HyperThreading CPUs include games programmers and CAD or 3D designers.
What are the top 3 brand of MBs is a matter of personal preference and the budget available.
Certain MBs do need a BIOS upgrade before they will work with the FX-6200 CPU, this is a problem when these MBs are new as you need a working CPU in the MB to be able to upgrade the BIOS so that the board will recognize the FX-6200.
8GB of Ram is the so called sweet spot for Windows 7 64-bit and again the average user will not use more than this, as mentioned above games programmers and CAD or 3D designers however should have 16GB of Ram as a minimum, likewise this will change in years to come as software advances and becomes more demanding.
I would suggest choosing a MB that does not need a BIOS update, has a Ram capacity of at least 15GB and is crossfire/Sli capable - has two video card slots.
Posted 27 September 2012 - 10:51 PM
Posted 27 September 2012 - 10:57 PM
Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:08 AM
Power users such as heavy high end gamers may have 3 or more screens working at any one time and this is where having two cards working in unison may be required, they can only display the same data but yes as you have suggested they share the load, for the average user including gamers a single quality video card is adequate when it is complimented by the CPU, good spec of Ram, a quality brand of PSU that has an adequate output + a minimum 80% efficiency rating and finally something that is often overlooked an effective cooling system.
has two video card slots) but why 2 video card slots? can 2 be used to split the load?
I helped a member with this very issue recently and if I can find the topic I will provide the link for yourself and others who may read this.
also i did not know about needing a cpu just to upgrade the motherboard. this would of been a very bad situation if i tried to upgrade with out a worked cpu
Research is the key when planning a new build or upgrading, if you see a MB that you would like before you purchase go to the manufacturers website and download the manual and this will help avoid problems such as this, it also has the added bonus that you are already familiar with the layout of the MB before it arrives and this will help with a smoother build.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:45 PM
this way if i wanted to run a few more screens i can just use a new card with my almost 2 year old one old one. also should i get a motherboard with a max tdp thats higher then the cpu listed tdp just to be sure? also i heard asus is a good mb brand but what about gigabyte? iv got mixed reviews. so far iv have 5 choice for what i need.
one more thing, isent liquid cooling expansiveness, more then likely not needed for me though.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 05:23 AM
Setting up liquid cooling can be expensive, is not needed unless you are overclocking, requires regular maintenance and to coin a phrase will hose your system if it leaks.
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