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X3 440 vs X3 720

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April 13, 2010 9:20:26 PM

I'm confused about which processor to get. I read the processor sticky guide and the best processor for the money that was posted.

I can get the X3 720 for $99 at a nearby store the retail one (brand new in box with fan)


Or I can get the X3 440 for $85 on newegg.

I will use this mostly for gaming (light gaming) WoW, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2. mostly blizzard games which aren't made too heavy.

Which is the way to go?

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April 13, 2010 9:26:35 PM

both a great, cant go wrong with either one. If you are willing to OC, the x3 720 if not the x3 440. Blizzard games like two fast cores.

* benchmark http://anandtech.com/bench/Product/119?vs=83
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April 13, 2010 9:34:45 PM

Hello, thank you for the reply. I think I do plan on overclocking it in the future. So I'm going to go with the X3 720, and also try to unlock the 4th core.

Will this motherboard work good with it?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have a low budget so want to stay on the cheaper side.
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April 13, 2010 10:09:21 PM

for only $10 difference, I'd go for the 720.
That gigabyte is a good board. You can get a similar board from MSI as well, which I've found to be a very nice board, though its close to the same price and doesn't have USB3.0. That gigabyte is probably your best bet- especially since some of the user reviews mention unlocking the 4th core on some chips.
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April 13, 2010 11:49:58 PM

The extra cache on the 720 is well worth the extra money.
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April 13, 2010 11:53:58 PM

Second the II X3 730 recommendation... The Phenom II X3 are slightly better CPU's than Athlon II X3 440. Also, they have an L3 Cache, which the Athlon's don't.
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April 14, 2010 3:50:21 PM

nice deal! Thats a very solid mobo and should get you well on your way to a SWEET system.
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