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Phenom X3 720 or X4 940?

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May 13, 2009 5:45:18 AM

Ok. The price difference is only about $50 or so... but how much performance difference?

I mean.. The only thing is I could get the 720 with mobo quicker than the 940. If there is not really that big of a difference, I will save the money and get the 720.. which will allow me to get the Radeon 4890 quicker.

To get the 940.. I would just wait 2 weeks for next paycheck and get it.. but if its not that big of a deal, I would like to save $50.

Would it be worth it to wait another 2 weeks to get 940?

And to make this clear... I want this to be a nice gaming rig. I currently have Athlon 64 2800 with Radeon 9700 Pro.. so I am making a huge jump no matter what. I don't plan on doing video editing or anything like that.. I just like to play games and browse the net. The Radeon 4890 is a definite though.

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May 13, 2009 6:09:33 AM

If you can wait another two weeks I would say the 940, It will last you longer than the 720 because of that one extra core. If you want something that will last 1-2 years go ahead and take the 720. Buying two 4770s will give you extra performance for ~$30 cheaper than a 4890.
May 13, 2009 6:13:54 AM

Hmm.. very interesting. I need to find some benchmarks for this.

Getting the right parts is so annoying.. lol. Especially when you have a few weeks to make these decisions. You go from day to day changing what you want. One day I want X mobo.. the next I want Y.. same goes for everything else.
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May 13, 2009 6:22:44 AM

Ok... Looking at benchmarks.. I am definitely going with 2 4770s.

The mobo I plan on getting is this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like having built-in video just in case something every goes down.. and it seems like a decent mobo. I am not huge into overclocking or anything.. so I just need something that does its job. That would work well with that mobo?? Crossfiring that is? (Edit: Neermind... I see that its not supported. So I will go find a new mobo now.. Probably back to the Gigabyte area)
May 13, 2009 6:26:49 AM

I can't help you with the mobo problem, Honestly thats one of the two things I know almost nothing about. I do know that the GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P is a nice one, but no onboard video.
May 13, 2009 6:29:16 AM

Now that I go back and really look.. it does support crossfire. I am an idiot lol. It just doesn't come with a crossfire bridge?? Not sure what that is. I am new to crossfire.

moose, do you have 2 4770s??

If so.. how do you feel about em?

May 13, 2009 6:34:38 AM

I'm actually running on an old Dell Dimension 1100. I just ordered my CM 690 a few days ago and it should be here soon, Ready for me to mod. I will actually be going the i7 route because my PCs last a long time, and by July the price on everything will have dropped.

From what I've read about 4770s in crossfire, They do very well with low temps.
May 13, 2009 11:07:30 AM

^ unless you get an ASUS TOP card and put the voltage to max and OC to the max, then you get temps in the 70-90C area.
May 13, 2009 2:05:10 PM

sanders4617 said:
Now that I go back and really look.. it does support crossfire. I am an idiot lol. It just doesn't come with a crossfire bridge?? Not sure what that is. I am new to crossfire.

moose, do you have 2 4770s??

If so.. how do you feel about em?


A crossfire bridge is what links your two graphics cards I'm pretty sure you need one to crossfire..
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