Getting used PC--which is the better one?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Frisco, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    I can get either of these for around $300. Both have Windows 7--good thing. I am looking for a fast Windows desktop for high end Office work that also supports multiple displays and Aero. I don't game.

    It Has an Amd 3.2 ghz Quad Core Processor
    A Nvidia dedicated graphics card
    750gb hard drive!!! Lots of space
    Windows 7 64bit ultimate
    4 Gigs Ram
    From the screenshot it looks like it has a AMD phenom ii x4 965

    Windows 7, 64 bit fresh install
    Amd FX quad core 4100 3.60 GHz (can be over clocked)
    8 GB Ram DDR3 (upgrade to 16 gb.)
    Nvidia 1Gb graphics card
    Gigabyte Motherboard
    Lg dvd Re- writeable
    320 GB hard drive

    I talked them both down to around $300. Which processor is better--both have a fresh install of Win 7 Ultimate. One has a lot of memory. The other has a huge hard drive--memory is more important to me.

    From what I researched it look like the AMD phenom ii x4 965 is a better CPU than the Amd FX quad core 4100 3.60 GHz?

    Thanks for any input!

  2. Renzatic Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    The Phenom II is oh so very slightly the better chip, and I've heard nothing but bad things about Gigabyte motherboards. I'd say overall, Option 1 is the better of the two.
  3. Essenar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2008
    I don't know where you got that information but it's either incredibly outdated or incredibly false.

    I use nothing BUT Gigabyte boards in all my PC builds. They actually are the closest in conformity to Apple's very own hardware conventions and that's the reason Gigabyte Intel based boards have out of box compatibility with OSX. Combined with a three year warranty and the fact that I have personally built over 100 custom gaming machines on Gigabyte boards and 0% of them have failed, versus every ASUS board me and my friends have used has had capacitors blow, SLI slots fail, 4-pin CPU connections drop.

    That being said, you should find out which graphics card each PC has.
  4. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    Agreed. I've had nothing but success with every single Gigabyte board I have purchased, whether it was for an AMD or Intel processor (My last one was built as a hackintosh). If anything, I'd rank Gigabyte over ASUS, MSI, and nearly the major brands (Intel's own boards, EVGA, and nVidia).

    With that said, I'd opt for #2, especially given the fact that if this is a mid or full tower, there is definitely room for growth. You can throw another drive in it; with hard drives cheap these days, you could score a 1TB or more on the cheap from Newegg, especially if they have them in their Shell Shocker deals. All that would be needed is to slot it in, plug it in, turn on the PC, and format it.

    If you can find out the model of the motherboard, you could also upgrade the CPU as well; if you can find that out, you can look up the board at Gigabyte's site and see the list of CPUs it supports. You could find that on the cheap as well.

    While #1 may be slightly faster, #2 gives you room for growth.

  5. Renzatic Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    Essenar's right. I was mistaken. It wasn't Gigabyte I was thinking of. It was MSI.

    Though my two go-to brands have always been Asus and EVGA. I've never had problems out of them.
  6. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    MSI has been on the low end for me as well. I'd actually rank them as such:


    I put Intel and nVidia's boards down that far just because of the availability of them, and how high priced they are, based on that availability. but as lng as the OP gets it and has room to grow, that makes his new PC a bit futureproofed, to a degree.

  7. cube, Feb 20, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2015

    cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    The Phenom II is a 125W 45nm AM3 CPU from 2009 with 4 FP units
    The FX is a 95W 32nm AM3+ CPU from 2011 with 2 FP units and support for newer instructions

    The FX supports newer memory (and the PII board could even be DDR2)
    It also overclocks higher.

    Both are faster or slower than the other for different things.

    Get the FX. AM3+ and DDR3 makes it much better for upgrading.
    With the caveat that with the PII board you might be able to upgrade to 6 FP units, and only 4 FP units (but with additional capabilities) with the FX.

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