Athlon II X3 440 vs Phenom II X4 955 Price/Performance

Hi Everyone,

I am putting a build together and I'm torn between the two processors below. Obviously the Phenom will perform better but it costs about double the X3. Do you think the Phenom is worth it? The primary application for this computer will be games.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 8MB Cache 125W

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor

So the price difference is $93, that is Canadian by the way. All opinions welcome. The motherboard I've chosen is Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 AMD790X ATX AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E 3PCI CrossFireX GBLAN SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard.

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  1. My resolution is 1920x1080 and I plan to buy a Radeon 5850 I should also mention I'd like to cross fire in the future.
  2. It really matters what you'll be using for a video card, the Athlon II X3 keeps up with most video cards/resolutions.
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    Wow, you responded quick to ct1615, lol.

    I would grab a Phenom II since your getting a 5850, the Athlon II X3 will probably start hitting it's limit before the 5850 does in some games.
  4. Haha, fastest mouse in the west. Actually I'm just sitting here watching the forum. Thanks for your response. Does anyone else agree? Not about hitting the Athlon's limits, but about the Phenom being worth the extra? Just give me your opinion, I agree that it depends on what I want.
  5. Thanks a lot guys
  6. Best answer selected by Carpiquet.
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