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Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale+4GB RAM vs AMD Athlon II X3 425+4GB RAM

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Do you think that my set-up will be good (read post)

Total: 10 votes (2 blank votes)

  • Yes
  • 67 %
  • No
  • 34 %
January 23, 2010 1:08:37 AM

WINNER: Athlon II X3 425


LOSER: Intel Pentium E5200


I'm wondering if the following set-up will be good for gaming (Games like cod4,5 and 6, Flight Sim 9/10 etc.

The Following Set-up has been edited 2 or 3 times:


GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (Combo with CPU below)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor (Combo w/ Mobo above)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXT6400C5-4096K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

^They cost a total of $276.99 Canadian (With Tax)

Just to clear up some confusion.. This post was about the E5200 vs the Phenom X3 earlier. Now I replaced the Phenom with the Athalon II x3 425.
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January 23, 2010 1:31:35 AM

i cant believe im saying this, but get the intel :pfff: 

cant you just get a better amd offer like a x2 250 with 4 gigs ddr3, ddr2 will cost an arm and a leg soon
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January 23, 2010 1:37:55 AM

The original Phenom processor was the biggest waste of money ever.
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January 23, 2010 1:43:06 AM

xaira said:
i cant believe im saying this, but get the intel :pfff: 

cant you just get a better amd offer like a x2 250 with 4 gigs ddr3, ddr2 will cost an arm and a leg soon

The X2 250 with 4GB DDR3 costs more than the current set-up options.. But I will take it into consideration.
January 23, 2010 1:43:53 AM

werxen said:
The original Phenom processor was the biggest waste of money ever.

So do you recommend the Intel?
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January 23, 2010 2:05:44 AM

Frankly though the core2 cpu there is very easy to overclock the Phenom II triples are probably a better bet as newer software makes better use of the extra core.

The E5's do overclock very well - mine goes to 4Ghz with a push and is stable at 3.46 under stock voltage.

The Phenom there you listed is an old one ... not a good idea to consider.

Tell us what you want to be able to do with the system and we will help you.

Welcome to teh forums :) 
January 23, 2010 2:09:40 AM

Reynod said:
Frankly though the core2 cpu there is very easy to overclock the Phenom II triples are probably a better bet as newer software makes better use of the extra core.

The E5's do overclock very well - mine goes to 4Ghz with a push and is stable at 3.46 under stock voltage.

The Phenom there you listed is an old one ... not a good idea to consider.

Tell us what you want to be able to do with the system and we will help you.

Welcome to teh forums :) 


Thanks for the welcome =) I want to be able to play games like Call of Duty (4,5 and 6), Flight Simulators etc. Although from what you can see, i have a tight budget. Trying to keep it under $300 (Including a motherboard).
January 23, 2010 2:34:04 AM

The e5200 with 4gb ram is better. x3 is garbage.
There are x4 for $110 right now so think about that. And 2gb is NOT enought today.
The e5200 is also a CRAZY overclocker (:
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January 23, 2010 4:02:43 AM

So $300 ca for a mobo, cpu, and ram? Or are there other parts you need also? Monitor resolution?

For $80 ($10 more than the E5200) you can get the Athlon II 425 x3.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

If you use the link in my sig on how to ask for build advise, there are other questions where we can spec out all the parts you need. If you can answer all the requested info, we'll be able to really give you some good advise.
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January 23, 2010 5:36:51 AM

What PC bits do you have to start with?
January 23, 2010 5:51:16 AM

E5200+4gb+gigabyte ga g31m es2l. . . . .U can get it for almost $200
January 23, 2010 8:45:12 AM
January 23, 2010 12:15:49 PM

Reynod said:
What PC bits do you have to start with?

I just want to replace my motherboard, RAM and Processor. I already have a computer.. so it isn't a fresh build.
January 23, 2010 12:16:43 PM


First of all, I have to use newegg.ca.. so the price is much higher.. I just need to replace mobo, ram and cpu.
January 23, 2010 12:17:54 PM

skora said:
So $300 ca for a mobo, cpu, and ram? Or are there other parts you need also? Monitor resolution?

For $80 ($10 more than the E5200) you can get the Athlon II 425 x3.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

If you use the link in my sig on how to ask for build advise, there are other questions where we can spec out all the parts you need. If you can answer all the requested info, we'll be able to really give you some good advise.

Just need to replace my CURRENT mobo, ram and cpu with new mobo, ram and cpu.
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January 23, 2010 4:26:32 PM

Stop spamming, idiot.
January 23, 2010 4:51:15 PM

werxen said:
Stop spamming, idiot.

Sorry...
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January 23, 2010 4:56:02 PM

go with the intel
January 23, 2010 5:02:32 PM

saaiello said:
go with the intel

I will take that into consideration. I think Im crossing the Phenom off the list and replacing it with an AMD Athalon II X3 425 and 4GB RAM. Do you think that is better than the intel?
January 23, 2010 7:57:17 PM

Yea its better but I just dont feel that x3 is right. Its eather 2 or 4. Yea sure a AM3 setup is more futureproof.
January 23, 2010 8:02:38 PM

crazy359 said:
Yea its better but I just dont feel that x3 is right. Its eather 2 or 4. Yea sure a AM3 setup is more futureproof.

What do you think of the AMD Athalon II X3 425? Some say its better than the phenom.
January 23, 2010 10:01:12 PM

Thanks for the help so far everyone.
January 23, 2010 10:37:58 PM

If all you want to be able to do is play games I don't think a tri or quad core will matter that much for most games. A faster dual core might get you better performance. How about an Athlon 2 250 or the phenom 2 550?
January 23, 2010 10:44:07 PM

gomi said:
If all you want to be able to do is play games I don't think a tri or quad core will matter that much for most games. A faster dual core might get you better performance. How about an Athlon 2 250 or the phenom 2 550?


AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana seems better than the 250 but If I need to save $10.. I will go for the 250.
January 24, 2010 12:10:37 AM

WTF?????? Who the heck is recommending an e5200 over the Athlon II x3 425?????? The Athlon destroys the e5200 in both gaming and other tasks. Just look at any benchmarks...
January 24, 2010 1:31:44 AM

2049210,26,444131 said:
WTF?????? Who the heck is recommending an e5200 over the Athlon II x3 425?????? The Athlon destroys the e5200 in both gaming and other tasks. Just look at any benchmarks...[/quotems

You seem to be right. Is this a valid benchmark list: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
January 24, 2010 1:56:20 AM

C2D e 7400 is equal with Athlon II X2 245. Hihi, so i choose the x3.
January 24, 2010 1:58:31 AM

Fuddy12345 said:
Thanks! Im definately gonna try to get the Athalon II x3 250


Ok good im just glad i noticed this thread. Because honestly, all biases aside, there is no reason on earth to suggest the e5200 over that II x3 :D 
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January 24, 2010 3:31:27 AM

Well I haave an E5300 here that goes to 4Ghz easy and if I put the old water rig on it for stability an X3 would be hard pressed to beat it.

It also runs sweet on std voltage at 3.46 too ... once again ... it would wipe an X3 unless it was overclocked.

Having said that, many don't want to overclock ... or do so moderately.

In terms of value for money the X3 45nm Phenom II's are great buys ... and in the right space in terms of performance for the money.

If the OP had a low end core2 system I would have no hesitation in recommending they upgrade to a faster core2 quad (just swap the chip) and overclock it ... since the path is simpler ... and an overclocked Penryn beats a Phenom II on many fronts.

Once you start having to transplant with a new mobo etc ... then an upgrade to a Phenom / i3 / i5 / i7 becomes a better alternative, as socket 775 is now EOL.

De remember though ... that a core2 Quad (12Mb caache) still beats a Phenom II in most things (IPC is slightly better) and overclocks just as well.

Both AMD and Intel produce good product ... the trick is getting the best value for money ... at least for many of us.

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January 24, 2010 4:20:21 AM

Here's a base AM3 tri core setup:

$80 AMD 425x3 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$75 Biostar AM3 785g http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$79 OCZ DDR3 1066 ram http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Not sure what delivery and taxes will hit you for, but its a start. Biostar and 1066 ddr3 are what I'd consider tier 3 choices. If you're not OC'ing, the biostar should be just fine at stock speeds.

A few upgrade options into tier 2 would be:
+$16 Adata DDR3 1333 ram http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
+$5-$15 ($10 rebate if you count it) Asus AM3 770 mobo http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
+$11 AMD 435x3 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

To go tier 4, heres an AM2+ setup:

Combo
$135-$145 (rebate if you want) AMD 425 and Asus AM2+ 770 mobo http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
CPU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
You can upgrade to the 435 for another $11 or the 620 for $25 with that same mobo combo'd.
mobo http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$80-$110 (rebate if you want) OCZ DDR2 1066 ram http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
If you don't do rebates, 4 gigs of DDR2 800 went for $81-$85.

If you really want to skimp but be functional, any AM2+/AM3 mobo will work at stock speeds and can be had for $50-$75.
January 24, 2010 12:20:29 PM

Reynod said:
Well I haave an E5300 here that goes to 4Ghz easy and if I put the old water rig on it for stability an X3 would be hard pressed to beat it.

It also runs sweet on std voltage at 3.46 too ... once again ... it would wipe an X3 unless it was overclocked.

Having said that, many don't want to overclock ... or do so moderately.

In terms of value for money the X3 45nm Phenom II's are great buys ... and in the right space in terms of performance for the money.

If the OP had a low end core2 system I would have no hesitation in recommending they upgrade to a faster core2 quad (just swap the chip) and overclock it ... since the path is simpler ... and an overclocked Penryn beats a Phenom II on many fronts.

Once you start having to transplant with a new mobo etc ... then an upgrade to a Phenom / i3 / i5 / i7 becomes a better alternative, as socket 775 is now EOL.

De remember though ... that a core2 Quad (12Mb caache) still beats a Phenom II in most things (IPC is slightly better) and overclocks just as well.

Both AMD and Intel produce good product ... the trick is getting the best value for money ... at least for many of us.



I don't really want to overclock anything. I just want whats best right outta the box. I think the AMD II x3 defeats the E5200 on that.

What do you think of this set-up (i think it has all I need):

http://www.newegg.ca/Shopping/ShoppingItem.aspx?ItemLis...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


January 24, 2010 12:21:43 PM

skora said:
Here's a base AM3 tri core setup:

$80 AMD 425x3 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$75 Biostar AM3 785g http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$79 OCZ DDR3 1066 ram http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Not sure what delivery and taxes will hit you for, but its a start. Biostar and 1066 ddr3 are what I'd consider tier 3 choices. If you're not OC'ing, the biostar should be just fine at stock speeds.

A few upgrade options into tier 2 would be:
+$16 Adata DDR3 1333 ram http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
+$5-$15 ($10 rebate if you count it) Asus AM3 770 mobo http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
+$11 AMD 435x3 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

To go tier 4, heres an AM2+ setup:

Combo
$135-$145 (rebate if you want) AMD 425 and Asus AM2+ 770 mobo http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
CPU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
You can upgrade to the 435 for another $11 or the 620 for $25 with that same mobo combo'd.
mobo http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$80-$110 (rebate if you want) OCZ DDR2 1066 ram http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
If you don't do rebates, 4 gigs of DDR2 800 went for $81-$85.

If you really want to skimp but be functional, any AM2+/AM3 mobo will work at stock speeds and can be had for $50-$75.


hmm.. I save $30 if I buy this set-up, what do you think of it:

http://www.newegg.ca/Shopping/ShoppingItem.aspx?ItemLis...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
January 24, 2010 4:09:00 PM

Don't mind more help but I think AMD set-up wins =)
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January 24, 2010 5:16:28 PM

werxen said:
Stop spamming, idiot.

Stop being a dick to newbies, moron.
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January 24, 2010 5:18:19 PM

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January 24, 2010 5:37:01 PM

Cryslayer80 said:
If there weren't for these idiots it would have won in the first place... Who, -in the world-, could have recommended an outdated dual core over a triple core with new architecture just because it is from Intel? You need to fix your complexes, my friends...


Well.. Some of the earlier posts were about the E5200 vs the AMD Phenom X3 8750 Black Edition.. but later on I got rid of the Phenom X3 and replaced it with the Athalon II X3 245 Rana which seems to be A LOT better than the E5200 (as of some benchmarks).
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January 24, 2010 5:40:41 PM

Okay, I apologize as I wasn't checking the forum out from the start. Anyway that triple is a great choice.
January 24, 2010 5:43:34 PM

Cryslayer80 said:
Okay, I apologize as I wasn't checking the forum out from the start. Anyway that triple is a great choice.


Its ok. Now my only challenge is to get my parents to agree...
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January 24, 2010 6:25:32 PM

i would still go with the intel but thats my opion
January 24, 2010 6:40:35 PM

saaiello said:
i would still go with the intel but thats my opion


Look at these benchmarks and compare the E5200 with the 425. Then tell me why you think that the intel is better:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Athlon_II_X3_425...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Athlon_II_X3_425...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Athlon_II_X3_425...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Athlon_II_X3_425...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Athlon_II_X3_425...
... and theres more on the site..
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January 24, 2010 9:57:17 PM

fuddy ... time to buy the bits and put it together ... then get back to us for some help overclockingthe cr@p out of your new rig.

Good luck ... oh yes ... the techpoweru article is not too bad.


January 24, 2010 10:15:25 PM

Reynod said:
fuddy ... time to buy the bits and put it together ... then get back to us for some help overclockingthe cr@p out of your new rig.

Good luck ... oh yes ... the techpoweru article is not too bad.


lol. Thanks. Now my challenge is to get my parents to agree to buy them.. Im only 13 -.-
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January 25, 2010 4:38:50 AM



That would be the skimping tier 4 that I mentioned. At $212 for parts, I'd really push for the tier 3 DDR3/am3 setup for the extra $22. It leaves more options open later and will have better performance. The 740g has a couple of deficiencies that may end up biting you later. Its only a PCIe x16 1.0 slot, so only has half the bandwidth of the 2.0 slot on the 770 mobo. Probably not an issue now (depending on the video card you have, which is? for what monitor resolution?) but future mid level cards might saturate that, especially with fast DDR5 ram moving a ton of data quickly. Also, the MTS is only 2000 instead of the 5200 that the 770 mobo has.

If you can't talk them into the extra $22, see if they'll go for the rebates as the AM2+ 770/ DDR2 1066 system is only $3 more after rebate. If not, then the AM2+ 770/ 425 combo without the rebate and the DDR2 800 ram would be $13 more than the 740g based system. I think that 770 mobo with better ram will make a difference well worth that small amount of money.
January 25, 2010 10:05:39 AM

skora said:
That would be the skimping tier 4 that I mentioned. At $212 for parts, I'd really push for the tier 3 DDR3/am3 setup for the extra $22. It leaves more options open later and will have better performance. The 740g has a couple of deficiencies that may end up biting you later. Its only a PCIe x16 1.0 slot, so only has half the bandwidth of the 2.0 slot on the 770 mobo. Probably not an issue now (depending on the video card you have, which is? for what monitor resolution?) but future mid level cards might saturate that, especially with fast DDR5 ram moving a ton of data quickly. Also, the MTS is only 2000 instead of the 5200 that the 770 mobo has.

If you can't talk them into the extra $22, see if they'll go for the rebates as the AM2+ 770/ DDR2 1066 system is only $3 more after rebate. If not, then the AM2+ 770/ 425 combo without the rebate and the DDR2 800 ram would be $13 more than the 740g based system. I think that 770 mobo with better ram will make a difference well worth that small amount of money.


The 770 doesn't come in Micro ATX so I canno't get that. If it does, please send me a link.

What do you think of this motherboard:

ASRock K10N78M AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


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January 25, 2010 10:06:38 AM

fuddy good luck with that.

Drizzt

January 25, 2010 10:31:25 AM

Reynod said:
fuddy good luck with that.

Drizzt


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