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February 28, 2010 8:38:47 PM

I want to build a mid-level inexpensive gaming rig for a friend.
I will include a 9500 GT GPU, i anticipate that they probably will change that to something better later.

What is the lowest power/cost CPU I can put in it, without the CPU causing the performance to downgrade?

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February 28, 2010 8:44:07 PM

Your best bet is probably a Phenom II X3 chip if you're talking budget; or you can go for an X4 if the money stretches a bet. Either way the AMD route is the way to go for a budget build.
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February 28, 2010 8:56:02 PM

What about a x2 or even a neo or turion?
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February 28, 2010 8:59:48 PM

A high-end X2 should be ok, but I'd go for at least the X3; I don't think there's a massive price difference. And I definitely wouldn't go any lower than an X2 so a Turion is out of the question :) 
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February 28, 2010 10:49:30 PM

The Athlon II X2 240/250 will do perfectly fine for your needs, no need for the expensive Phenom.
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March 2, 2010 2:08:16 AM

Is your i5 Overclocked? I haven't tried that with my PhenomIIx4 955 yet.
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March 2, 2010 11:07:19 AM

AMD Phenom II X2 555 is what you are looking for
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March 6, 2010 3:30:57 AM

yes, it is better. I want to use the weakest possible though.
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March 6, 2010 3:38:19 AM

This build makes no sence to me lLOL
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March 6, 2010 3:46:27 AM

I like efficiency, there is no reason to put a quad core 3.6 MHz CPU on a machine that will only run KOTOR or something. I recently built my first with that CPU. Now i intend to build a low level gaming machine.

Consider that the Playstation One was only 33Mhz, yet the games looked better than any computer games at the time. This was because of the efficiency of the delivery system/build.
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March 6, 2010 10:43:06 AM

pleasenoname said:
What about a x2 or even a neo or turion?


AMD Phenom II x2 555BE is one good processors.....

EDIT: Sorry for double posting this
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March 6, 2010 10:46:27 AM

pleasenoname said:
yes, it is better. I want to use the weakest possible though.


Then go for Athlon II processors, or Semperon, Intel Pentium 4...
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March 14, 2010 4:35:31 PM

Best answer selected by pleasenoname.
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