Per-se the FX-4100 isn't worse. It's actually a very competitive processor in its price range, providing similar performance for slightly lower price and with higher power efficiency (lower power consumption than Phenom II x4) and advantages over competitors in its price range such as the Intel Core i3 2100 (better multithreaded performance and about equivalent single threaded performance when overclocked). However there's no beating the Phenom II x6 1055T combo at this price when considering you can have even better multithreaded performance and close single-threaded performance - albeit at the sacrifice that is the higher power consumption, but with a price that is more or less the same as the FX-4100 + a high quality board.
If you're not worried about having multiple GPUs having a good 400-500W on your 12V rail (i.e. 400-500W PSU) on an efficient, high quality design unit is good enough for about any one card. Look at the TDP of a video card, look at the TDP of the CPU, add some extra wattage (i.e. 50W) to compensate for other PC components that use 12V.... (i.e. fans, etc) then compare with the 12V rail on your intended PSU selection.
Originally Posted by Narwhal_Revenge
May i ask why you use NCIX instead of Newegg? is it cheaper?
NCIX is a local (Vancouver-based with stores, now also in Toronto) and Canada-wide place where you can buy computer parts.
I've only more recently begun rather avidly recommending buying from NCIX for builds in the US due to the opening of a warehouse in California that allows them to actually be competitive (i.e. orders over $50 now get free shipping and this is about in line with other US offers - no more overpriced shipping as a result of Canada -> US shipping). Top that off with the fact that there are actually a lot of ridiculous, unbeatable deals (like the Phenom II x6 + board combo, and the $110 7200RPM 1TB HDD) and you can't go wrong by recommending them. It's just too bad that there aren't too many people that know about it. NCIX are an excellent retailer up here and I am sure that they follow the same etiquette in the States.
You might as well consider it partial fanboyism (seeing as NCIX is pretty much where I shop myself near-exclusively ) but there's a lot of practicality (free shipping over $50 is great for big orders where parts that cost less than $50 but are good deals and would normally not ship free with the rest, do ship free with the rest, and therefore become a great deal with the free shipping offer) and great pricing to boot in doing so.
Edited by xd_1771 - 2/4/12 at 11:24pm