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AMD Phenom II 955 or 720?

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March 24, 2010 12:05:52 AM

Is it worth the extra $60-70 to get that extra core? How much difference does it make for gaming? Btw, I will be overclocking with an Hyper 212+(2 fans). I realize it will make a pretty noticeable difference in rendering, but is it worth the extra money? I'm on an extremely tight budget, but I'll do it if it helps a lot.

I also realize I have the chance of unlocking the 4th core on the 720. What's the chances of me getting a clean core?

The PC will be mostly for gaming and minor Photoshop, After Effects, and Cinema 4D.

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March 24, 2010 12:30:50 AM

For a gaming build, the Phenom II X3 720 will perform very well. Tom's did an article a while back and it showed there is little benefit in more than three cores. As you stated, the rendering will be impacted by the lack of cores.

I would go with the X3 720 for your build to keep your budget down... IMO
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March 24, 2010 1:25:59 AM

if you are willing to OC then the x3 720 will fine for the reasons Yo Joe! stated.

but i would advise you not buy the x3 720 expecting to get a quad core. If you do get the 4th core stable consider it a gift. If you really want a quad core CPU, then get the 955.
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March 31, 2010 3:03:51 AM

Best answer selected by yadumadoda.
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March 31, 2010 6:16:15 PM

720 is fine if you are on tight budget.. but... just in case u are willing to spend a little more.. get the 955