During the winter holidays i bought a Phenom ii X2 550 over a Phenom ii X3 720. Did i make a good decision passing up a tri-core for higher clock speeds. I also use my computer for gaming. I play games such as the source games, dawn of war 2, and modern warfare 2. Was it a good choice to choose the 550 over the 720?
The x2 550 is a decent CPU you really wouldnt see much of a difference between the two.
What motherboard do you have because depending on your motherboard you can unlock the disabled cores on that chip and turn it into a x4. AMD uses the same die for there x4 lines and just disable 2 cores to fill there inventory for the x2. Most likely u can unlock it. Please list your motherboards manufacture and model.
No. The CPU is the heart of your system; never settle if you have the money not to.
I wouldnt call that settling it was a smart choice IMO higher clock is more important in games right now since most games can only use 2 cores so higher clock was a good decision if it is a gaming rig.
I think he did OK.
The graphics card is the heart of a GAMING system. Few games can use more than two cores, so I think a strong dual core is just fine.
To test this, lower the resolution and eye candy to a minimum and run the games. If the FPS goes up, then it indicates that the cpu is capable of driving an even faster graphics card.
If the FPS does not change much, it is an indicator that the cpu is not adequate.