Solved Which processor 955 BE or FX-6100 BE

April 16, 2013 at 19:59:11
Specs: Windows 7, Phenom II 955BE/8GB DDR3
Phenom II 955 BE or FX-6100 BE

I am building a computer for my dad. I got a good deal on a FX-6100 BE for him. I personally have a 955 BE. He wouldn't know the difference either way, either one will blow away his Athlon 64 3200+ (single core) running on 1.5GB ram. The new system I am building has 8GB, as does mine.

Anyway, which one would you keep?


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#1
April 17, 2013 at 05:10:49
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FX-6100 is a winner.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_loo...
If he is gonna use it for light task's better get an APU.

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#2
April 17, 2013 at 05:12:00
The FX is defintely the better CPU - 6-core, lower wattage, more L2/L3, & it will easily overclock to over 4.0GHz. Will your current motherboard support it?

"If he is gonna use it for light task's better get an APU"

Good point. You could get an FM2 board & APU for roughly the same price as the FX-6100 alone.


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#3
April 17, 2013 at 06:35:39
I would swap Motherboards as well, mine is only AM3. What is an APU? I already have the FX-6100 and all other parts on the way, just trying to decide if I want to give him my 955 or the 6100. I have seen a the benchmark page, but i see a lot of comparisons saying the 955 is better in a lot of ways. But they usually devolve into a discussion on why you should get the 6300 instead of the 6100 and don't answer the original question.

My parents are over 80, and even though my dad isn't a power user, I want a system that is going to last 10 years for him so he doesn't have to ever (most likely) worry about getting a new comp again. I think either of these will fit that bill.


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#4
April 17, 2013 at 10:36:50
APU = Accelerated Processing Unit. Basically it's CPU & GPU in one package.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/tech...

"My parents are over 80, and even though my dad isn't a power user...."

Then the APU setup probably would have been the better way to go. A non-power user certainly doesn't need a 4-core or 6-core CPU.


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#5
April 17, 2013 at 11:24:59
"A non-power user certainly doesn't need a 4-core or 6-core CPU."

I know that, but I want him to have a fast computer and in 10 years it wont be "fast" anymore, but should still be functional. I am installing 8GB when 4 would be fine for now. I got a used 9600gt video card, which isn't great, but more than enough. If needed, in 3-5 years I'll pick up a used GTX 560 for $30 or so and he be fine.

Anyway, I am not worried about what he ends up with, he will be happy either way. The basic question is about me, if someone was going to give you a 955 BE & motherboard or a FX-6100 BE & motherboard (motherboards are similar quality) which one would you take.

Thanks,
Brad


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#6
April 17, 2013 at 13:54:30
"Fast" is a relative term. You don't need a quad core, 8GB RAM, & a high end graphics card to check emails & surf the internet. You're basically building a gaming rig for a non-gamer, unless your dad enjoys modern shooters such as Crysis or BioShock? Don't get me wrong, what you're doing for your dad is a great thing, I just think it's overkill.

"if someone was going to give you a 955 BE & motherboard or a FX-6100 BE & motherboard (motherboards are similar quality) which one would you take"

Obviously the FX-6100.

My dad would be 104 if he was still alive. If I was going to build a web cruiser for him, I'd build something like I recommended at the bottom of response #3 in the following thread:

http://www.computing.net/answers/cp...


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#7
April 17, 2013 at 20:24:08
My thoughts were keep the 6100 also, but I found quite a few threads comparing the 955/965 to the 6100/6300 w/more than a few people recommending the Phenoms. I guess I just wanted someone to tell me I wasn't worse off keeping the 6100 for myself.

My dad does do more than web surf, he makes DVDs and like flight sims, so I think he will enjoy the extra power.

Thanks for your thoughts,
Brad


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#8
April 18, 2013 at 00:09:18
"I found quite a few threads comparing the 955/965 to the 6100/6300 w/more than a few people recommending the Phenoms."

Probably because the old Phenom II offers better per-core performance than a first-generation FX.

According to this Xbitlabs article I just skimmed through, the Phenom II 955 and FX-6100 are pretty close. The 955 is a better processor for games, floating point, and lightly threaded programs, while the FX-6100 excels in video encoding, file compression, and highly threaded workloads.

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