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As the title says. My rig is the one in my sig (watREDdown). I've got a fully custom loop, 990FXA-UD3 Mobo. Mostly gaming and some CAD work, but nothing heavy. I can't afford a nice CPU (or I'd just wait and get Haswell). I'm 90% sure that my FX4100 has gone bad and I'm running a Sempron 145 until I replace it. Ideas? I'm stuck between a 965, 960T, and trying to get a PIIX6 or a Piledriver cpu. My FX4100 was from eBay....so I'm a little nervous about used, but I'm not **totally** opposed to used (obviously, if I'm looking into a 960T).
 
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You can pick up another 4100 for that price for just a straight replacement. If you could go $30 more you could get a FX6300. I remember seeing 1045Ts in the Microcenter ad for 89.
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Hi, the 960T is fun... if you can buy a used one that is proven that is the way to go. If the person doesn't want to divulge how well it OC'd walk away. I had mine running 24/7 3.9GHz @ 1.392v all 6 cores unlocked and a proven/functional 4.1GHz turbo. At those voltages it was stable at 4.0 norm and 4.2 turbo all 6 cores but I always go a notch down.

So you can get an awesome 960T but it's all luck. I ran mine off a 990FX Sabertooth with air cooling on the VRMs and water cooling on the processor. Cooling the VRMs on that proc at that voltage resulted in a several degree drop in temp on the CPU.

So if your thinking about going 960 I would say do it. Even if you don't get a full unlock it's not like unlocking is going to help the gaming side of things.

If you buy it from a forum search the threads for all posts from the user you are buying it from. That way you can see any issues he may have posted about or what voltages and speeds he may have posted about. Caught someone trying to sell me a really messed up CPU that way on another forum.

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save your money for steamroller next year or get the 8320.
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It's very hard to damage a processor.

Why exactly are you saying that yours is going bad?
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Isn't Steamroller coming out like Q1 2014? I'm running a single core 2.8GHz CPU right now...I can't wait for Steamroller. If you can find an 8320 for ~$100, PLEASE PM me. As for the FX4100, I was pretty underwhelmed by the performance. I was looking at a 4300 or 6300. I'm tempted to step up. I'm also tempted to keep stalking eBay for a bigger Vishera.

Givemedew, the 960T I'm looking at claims a fully X6 unlock and clock on all six cores but didn't OC it. However, I'm still a little burned from my last eBay CPU purchase (my currently dead CPU).

RX7, I don't live ANYWHERE near a Microcenter....but have been looking online for cheap x6 deals.

nostraD....I'm really tempted to get the 965 you linked me to. That price is fantastic for a new CPU!
 
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Also, super tempted to splurge and get this
 
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8320 @ 150$ at TD http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4904560&CatId=7339 (sorry if link is not allowed) id spend the 50$ on top and this cpu should be good for another 2 years min
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AMD 1045T $110

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1724262&CatId=4432
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