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AMD Athlon II X2 215 vs AMD X4 9150e

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December 19, 2009 3:41:13 PM

Hey guys,

I'm a casual gamer interested in buying a new computer. I've found two pre-built computers I'm interested in from Fry's; one of them has an AMD Athlon II X2 215 processor, which has a processor speed of 2.7 ghz, and the other has an AMD X4 9150e processor, which has a processor speed of 1.8 ghz.

I'm wondering which build should I go with? I don't know much about processors; www.cpubenchmark.com rates the quad core with a higher benchmark than the dual core, but it's processor speed is at a lower ghz. So which one is better for my purposes? I've been looking at the system reqs for some of the games I want to play, and they mention recommended processor speeds of 2.7 ghz.

Does the fact that the second processor is quad core compensate for the fact that its processor speed is lower? I'm really out of touch with a lot of tech stuff, and I need help to know which comp I should buy.

Any guidance?

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December 19, 2009 3:50:20 PM

the athlon II will crush the older phenom.
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December 19, 2009 3:55:27 PM

For you, the Athlon II x2 will be better than the AMD I x4 due to the GHz.

No a slower quad core will not make up for a faster dual core for games.
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December 19, 2009 3:55:33 PM

Thanks a lot guys. My budget is about $350, so what do you guys think I should do?
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December 19, 2009 4:14:16 PM

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$350 for the entire computer?


Yeah, I wasn't planning on getting anything hardcore.
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December 19, 2009 4:51:42 PM

If I were to build a computer, what would you say would be the bare minimum I would need to spend?
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December 20, 2009 3:51:31 PM

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I would suggest starting a new post asking forum members what they could put together partswise for your budget. You should raise your budget to $500 including the video card I linked.

Use the forum guide here http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... and make a post using the format shown. Title your post "$500 budget gaming rig".


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