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Poll Results: best $100-150 cpu for unleashing gaming potential of gtx570?

 
  • 63% (48)
    Phenom x4 960T
  • 7% (6)
    Phenom x4 980BE
  • 5% (4)
    fx-4100
  • 23% (18)
    i3
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post #1 of 123
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Longtime lurker here, but my brain is starting to fry from doing research so looking for some help. Long story short, I'm running an athlon 64 x2 2.6GHz on vista 32 w/ 4gb ram (800mhz I think) with a gtx570, which is getting bottlenecked by the cpu horribly. I'm on an MSI motherboard that can't overclock to boot. I've looked around, and have generally come to (based on articles like http://techreport.com/review/23246/inside-the-second-gaming-performance-with-today-cpus/8) deciding between

phenom 960T
phenom 965be
fx4100

all of them seem to do better oc'd vs. an i3 oc'd (correct me if I'm wrong) and an i5 is simply out of my price range, which is <$200 with mobo (preferably around $150). Also I hear the 980's are great, but I can't find them anywhere, only second-hand for $180+. I definitely plan to overclock using stock fan at first, will upgrade cooling in the future most likely.

My #1 priority is un-throttling my gtx570 so that card reaches its potential on games like Planetside 2, Skyrim, LoL, etc, which is why I'm not interested in more than 4 cores. Only other thing I'm interested is the ability to upgrade in the future, which is why I'm leaning toward am3+ mobo, but overclocking might take care of that anyway.

Any suggestions, tips or help are greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 123
Definitely the 960T if it's available It has more raw power than the FX-4100, and is more efficient than the 965/980. Second choice is a tie between the other two as they have advantages/disadvantages. It's hard to find any more Phenom II chips so it might be a moot point.
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post #3 of 123
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ooh ya I should probably scratch the 960T, thought I found it but it's just backordered.

There are 965s on amazon though.. better than fx4100 you think?
post #4 of 123
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ooh ya I should probably scratch the 960T, thought I found it but it's just backordered.
There are 965s on amazon though.. better than fx4100 you think?

It has more raw power when both are at stock, and also if overclocked to 3.8-4GHz (typical 24/7 OC) versus an overclocked FX-4100 (typically I see folks running them 4.4-4.6GHz), particularly with floating point calculations.

But, it is also going to run much hotter, being a 125W chip versus a 95W chip. FX 4100 won't get too hot until you start pushing 5GHz. The FX-4100 will also run faster memory.

The Phenom II is arguably better for gaming, and the FX is more of a tweaker chip.

If you do get the 965, make sure it is revision C3 (GMBOX).
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post #5 of 123
The 960T is an excellent chip, and even more so seeing as you are going to Overclock, despite its 3.0ghz stock clock speed its overclocks really well, using the stock heatsink fan you should be able to get 3.5ghz quite happily, and apperently upto 3.8 - 4.0 ghz with a good aftermarket cooler (e.g Hyper 212 EVO)
Also with a decent motherboard you will have an option to unlock it to a x6 processor (Phenom II x6 1605T)
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I have 2 960 T's . One is bench stable at 4567mhz @ 1.4 volts as an x4 on air. The other will run 4.6 ghz on 1.42 volts as an X6 on water. If you can find one, I would try for the 960 T:thumb:
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I have 2 960 T's . One is bench stable at 4567mhz @ 1.4 volts as an x4 on air. The other will run 4.6 ghz on 1.42 volts as an X6 on water. If you can find one, I would try for the 960 T:thumb:

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Whats the highest 24/7 on the 6 core?
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My 960t became a 3.75ghz 1600t.

See if you can nab one! thumb.gif
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