Originally Posted by unekmike
see i just dont understand this. i was originally looking at a FX6100 and a different ASrock MOBO and i thought it would be a good set up then i have other people telling me to go with the A series APU. the FX6100 is only 3.3ghz and the A10 is 3.8 with 4.2 turbo?
i just need some kind of set up that i can afford. i can only spend around 130 on a processor and about 110-115 on a motherboard. i just thought this APU and motherboard was a good set up since this motherboard aslo has instant overclocking right out of the box. not to mention the other things ill have that can also be over clocked.
i understand what you mean when you say they are a bad deal unless im using the intigrated graphics. but whats wrong with using a decent video card with it? like the 7870 xt. how is it different from the fx6100 and the AM3 motherboard?
but for the same price the FM2 motherboard and A10 apu have more features?
im sorry i really just dont understand...
can you recommend the best set up for the price. about 130 for a processor and 115 for a motherboard
First of all, you can't just judge a processor by the amount of ghz it has. Especially between different architectures, different processors have different IPC (instructions per clock) ratings. For instance you might notice that Intel processors typically have lower clock speeds (ghz) even though benchmarks show they are typically faster per-core than AMD processors. This is because you can consider per-core speed to really be ghz multiplied by IPC, not just ghz.
Well that probably wasn't the best way to put it. Suffice it to say that the fx-6100 is a poor gaming processor, particularly compared to the fx-6300. And the same is true for the APU.
Second, you should not budget separately for CPU, Mobo, & CPU cooler. Those components should be a single budget.
Look, the best feature a CPU & motherboard can give you is better processing performance (meaning more FPS in some games if you're a gamer), not a few extra USB plugs on the motherboard. For $245, I'd recommend an i5-3350p & MSI B75ma-e33 for $233:
Now that can't be overclocked... but who cares? It's still going to perform about as well as an overclocked fx-6300. And it will be WAY better than the APU option. Less motherboard features,sure... but who cares? Most people never use the fancy motherboard features! I mean, you have room for a video card, your ram, and you even get USB 3.0 & SATA 3 if you want it. What are you doing that really needs more than that motherboard provides?
AMD option (use primarily if you want to overclock for fun, not just game effectively): fx-6300, gigabyte ga-970a-ud3, Hyper 212 EVO for $265
P.S.: Regarding the above post, the fx-6300 is more expensive because it performs significantly better than the other two processors in all applications, not for some arcane power consumption reason. It's the newer, updated architecture.Edited by MisterFred - 2/9/13 at 1:11pm