What CPU should I buy?

I want to buy a new desktop but I really can't decide what CPU to choose.

Intel or AMD? Core 2 Duo or i3?

I have 500 Euros and the computer will be for general use, but I also want to be able to play a couple of games (like Left 4 Dead for example).

I already, have monitor, mouse and keyboard.

So, what do you suggest?
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  1. Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

    Are the 500 Euros only for CPU? or for all the system. I suggest to you the Athlon II X4 620, is a very good processor, and quad-core for only $99.99.
  2. saint19 said:
    Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

    Are the 500 Euros only for CPU? or for all the system. I suggest to you the Athlon II X4 620, is a very good processor, and quad-core for only $99.99.


    Or, you could cut out a core and get this, while it loses a core, it makes up for it in the greater speed of the other cores.

    The CPU charts show that the Tri core gets 132FPS in L4D, while the Quad core get only 109FPS.
  3. MDM5280 said:
    Or, you could cut out a core and get this, while it loses a core, it makes up for it in the greater speed of the other cores.

    The CPU charts show that the Tri core gets 132FPS in L4D, while the Quad core get only 109FPS.


    You forget that the processor that you recomend, is only the processor, don't have the heatsink.
  4. Oops, my bad, got to stop posting on the forums at 3 AM :na:, did not see that there. Well, for only an extra $10, you could get this. Anyway, either processor is a good choice.
  5. MDM5280 said:
    Oops, my bad, got to stop posting on the forums at 3 AM :na:, did not see that there. Well, for only an extra $10, you could get this. Anyway, either processor is a good choice.


    Jajaja, yea. I have the same problem when i post at 3am or 4am.
  6. He has 500 Euros.. not dollars.. i believe he can extend his budget and go for the core i3... very good processor...
  7. ^ I know that, but 500 Euros for only the processor or for all the rig.
  8. The 500 euros are not only for the CPU! I am not that reach!
    By the way, what do you think about Athlon X2?
    Does L2 Cache matter?
  9. Well, a very good processor is the Athlon II X4 620.
  10. What do you think about Athlon II X2 240, 245, 250 and 255?
    What is the difference between them?
  11. Take a look of this comparation.

    Athlon II X2 comparation

    As you can see, the only difference is the operating frecuency. Except that frecuency, are the same.
  12. clyde2 said:
    What do you think about Athlon II X2 240, 245, 250 and 255?
    What is the difference between them?


    The difference between the cpu's you listed is there speed. There all dual cores.
  13. ^yea, and with $99.00 you can get a Athlon II X4 620, that's a quad-core 2.6GHz
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