Alright so, I've decided to leave the iHerd and I'm coming from a 2.3ghz i5 Mac Mini w/ 8gb of RAM. This is going to be my first build and im little stuck on my CPU choice. My uses for this system in order are going to be coding - I just started getting into my major classes as a software engineering major... and discovered I dont know jack about hardware
- , gaming, trolling the internet, photo/video editing. Luckily for me people that buy Apple products seem to be clueless as to their actual value and right now I'm only losing about $20 on my ebay auction but that being said I'm placing the value of this build to whatever I get from that. I'm still a broke college student and need to eat for the rest of the semester. I've pretty much got everything else figured out but the CPU is throwing me for a loop as far as value goes. I'm trying to decide primarily between the 8120 and 6100. However, and please correct me if I'm wrong on this, it seems like every other thread is mentioning a new CPU based on Piledriver being out some time towards the end of the year and it should use the same AM3+ socket? Which got me thinking about just picking up a 965BE
**Sorry, 960T or X6 1045T**, learning to overclock and just have some cheap fun until the PD is available. In which case im guessing we'll see a nice power increase or a drastic reduction in BD prices. Yes, the 2500k is a great CPU but dont even bother, its out of my budget, I'm stubborn and we'll just leave it at that. I've never OC'd anything ever so I'm not sure how much that would effect the viability of the 965 and 6100 vs the 8120. All OC will be done on air.
AMD FX 8120 - No OC initially or at least not higher than what the stock cooling can do
AMD FX 6100 - Probably same OC conditions as the 8120.
AMD 960T - Considerably cheaper, learn to OC and hold me over until PD is available.
****1045T - ???
ASUS M5A97 Socket AM3+ 970
Corsair Builder 600w PSU
8GB DDR3 PC3-1600
Antec 302 Case
If I'm headed in the completely wrong direction here please let me know. I will say I'm more of a console gamer now but I wouldn't mind getting back into PC gaming so thats really this build's secondary function to see if I can catch that bug again or not... I think the last PC game I really spent time with was CS source back in 2006. I welcome any suggestions but please know that I do have a set budget and any changes will have to balance out in the end...I already set aside the $$ for the two 23" displays and thats not going anywhere. I love my screen real-estate.
Phenom X6 1045T? Any opinons here?
Wow, I'm an idiot. 965BE is not the 3rd choice but rather the x4 960T. my current plan is to purchase CPU/Motherboard combo from micro center and of the AMD choices and the board I've selected I have:
x6 1045T $164
x4 960T $144Edited by redapex - 4/27/12 at 1:48pm