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So I am actually right now without a pc and have been borrowing one, as a matter of fact I currently don't have a dvi to vga adapter so cannot even use the hd 4850 in the pc I'm borrowing. I will be getting some tax money soon and even though I can't really afford to build a new pc, but I am going to try to build one with enough deals where if I get in a situation and need to sell it I will be able to get 2/3 of my money back. I live 10 minutes from Microcenter and they have a couple deals right now, a free motherboard with an AMD fx cpu and they also have a gt 430 for $42. Here is what I have come up with:



AMD FX 4100 $99.99

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Socket AM3+ 760G mATX $10.00 (free after Rebate)

LG 22x DVD±RW Burner $16.99

Crucial 4GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 1.5v U-DIMM $23.99

Zotac GT 430 1024MB $41.99 ($26.99 after Rebate)

Cooler Master Elite Power 400W ATX Power Supply $34.99

Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower Computer Case $37.99


Subtotal $265.94
Tax $17.29
Grand Total $283.23


If I go caseless for now I can get it down to

Subtotal $227.95
Tax $14.82
Grand Total $242.77

Hard drives are extremely expensive right now so I'm just going to have to make due with a 160gb 2.5" WD Scorpio Blue drive for now. I do plan to fold on this and my monitor is only a 1366x768 and I've been able to game just fine with a gt 430 in the past. Anyone else fold on an fx 4100? Curious as to what kind of ppd I can expect. I can get a sandy bridge dual core and board for about the same price, but it'd kill me not ever being able to overclock and I'm guessing the fx 4100 would be better at folding and video editing. Any suggestions would be appreciated. What do you guys/gals think?
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I don't know about folding, but for general use and gaming, wouldn't a Sandy Bridge dual core be better? I think the four core FX is worse than a Phenom II X4? If it's a Core i3 and has Hyper-threading, I'd definitely go that way. If it's one of the Pentiums (dual core with no Hyper-threading), then it's more of a trade-off where you're basically looking at better per core performance but less cores, so basic use and non-very heavy games will be better with the Intel, but folding and heavier games might be better on the FX.

Either way you go, that's not a bad price.
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you honestly might as well go Llano. I recommend the a6-3850.
    
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you honestly might as well go Llano. I recommend the a6-3850.

I'd be looking at almost $200 with just the board and cpu, socket fm1 boards are about $75 and up. And the gt 430 gets around 5k ppd itself.

Edit:

I had considered the triple core though, I could get the AMD A6 X3 3500 and gigabyte fm1 board for $145 which is about what I'd pay for the fx 4100/board/gt 430 but I don't think it be a better buy.
Edited by jspeedracer - 2/1/12 at 9:45am
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I don't know about folding, but for general use and gaming, wouldn't a Sandy Bridge dual core be better? I think the four core FX is worse than a Phenom II X4? If it's a Core i3 and has Hyper-threading, I'd definitely go that way. If it's one of the Pentiums (dual core with no Hyper-threading), then it's more of a trade-off where you're basically looking at better per core performance but less cores, so basic use and non-very heavy games will be better with the Intel, but folding and heavier games might be better on the FX.
Either way you go, that's not a bad price.

This. An i3 2100 will win over a FX 4100.

But if you have to go that way, yours looks pretty good.
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I don't know about folding, but for general use and gaming, wouldn't a Sandy Bridge dual core be better? I think the four core FX is worse than a Phenom II X4? If it's a Core i3 and has Hyper-threading, I'd definitely go that way. If it's one of the Pentiums (dual core with no Hyper-threading), then it's more of a trade-off where you're basically looking at better per core performance but less cores, so basic use and non-very heavy games will be better with the Intel, but folding and heavier games might be better on the FX.
Either way you go, that's not a bad price.

It'd have to be a Pentium chip in order to keep the cpu and motherboard cost around $100. Gaming is kind of my least concern honestly after folding and video encoding.
post #7 of 50
IMHO ..i'd go celeron g530 and the biostar h61mgc
cost:$116
add some ddr3 1066 for dirt cheap..and good to go
performance=not too shabby thumb.gif:
(i have this setup)
couple that with a decent videocard..and you can have a mini-folding monster
Edited by Schmuckley - 2/1/12 at 9:48am
 
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Basically I have about $150 to get a motherboard, cpu and video card lol. I can get an i5 2500k and board for around $200 and just use the igp for now but I just don't have the extra $50.
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Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

IMHO ..i'd go celeron g530 and the biostar h61mgc
cost:$116
add some ddr3 1066 for dirt cheap..and good to go
performance=not too shabby thumb.gif:
(i have this setup)

I had considered that option but couldn't find any benches for folding on the g530 and don't know how it compares to an overclocked fx 4100. You fold at all on that chip?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

IMHO ..i'd go celeron g530 and the biostar h61mgc
cost:$116
add some ddr3 1066 for dirt cheap..and good to go
performance=not too shabby thumb.gif:
(i have this setup)

Is the FX4100's performance really that bad?
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