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Building a buget gaming system and is core i3 better than core 2 duo

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March 30, 2010 4:40:42 AM

Im in the process of building a PC and want to know
for the money to performance ratio witch is the best performance for the 100-150$ cpu price range
>Intel core i3
>Intel core 2 duo
>AMD Athlon x3

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March 30, 2010 4:53:11 AM

AMD Athlon X3 435/ 440...
So with the money saved, get a faster graphics card...that would make a better gaming PC...
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March 30, 2010 6:05:30 AM

ya ill do that
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March 30, 2010 4:26:15 PM

AMD. The core 2 duo is dead-end technology with no upgrade path, and the i3 is too expensive to throw away on a future i5 or i7 upgrade. AMD's socket AM3 does offer an upgrade path, and the entry-level CPUs are cheap. For $100 though, you can get an Athlon II X4. What is your total budget, and what resolution is your monitor?
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March 30, 2010 10:30:44 PM

That shows my own temporary wish list.
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March 31, 2010 3:29:52 AM

Certainly the i3 is better because (without googling) I think it supports hyper threading. So it does the fake quad core.

But I wouldn't recommend an i3 upgrade to anyone. You're better off getting a real quad core. For about a touch over $150 you can get an amd phenom x4 ii 955 (3.2 ghz).
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March 31, 2010 4:03:11 AM

@justin_2 still its not a public wishlist...
IF you have trouble getting it, then just paste the parts name here...that will do...
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April 1, 2010 12:21:52 AM

Onus said:
That shows my own temporary wish list.


haha I thought to myself, self (that's what I call me when I'm talkin to me), man that guy has great tastes!

lol
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April 1, 2010 2:15:21 AM

The mobo looks ok on a budget (although with 16x,4x it won't be good for Crossfire), but I don't like the CPU. For that price, get a X3, or spend another $12-$13 and get a X4. The RAM is ok, but get two sticks.
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April 1, 2010 2:46:44 AM

well...
i don't care for xfire (don't have the money)
and at this moment i don't have the $ for 2 sticks of RAM but as soon as i get the money ill be sure to buy another 1

but how boit dis for a cPu : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( think i like this one better) I read the reveiws and ALOT of ppl have had success wit unlocking the fourth core!
not that i plan on unlocking it but it would be relly kool if i did

wit this setup(including the updated cpu) my total will be : $169.97
SUPER CHEAP and extreme fast!

if you have any comments on it please let me know
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April 1, 2010 2:50:49 AM

That's a much better CPU choice.
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April 1, 2010 2:59:04 AM

@OP: Budget?

Imo, I'd go for a better board and at least 4GB DDR3 and an X4.
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April 1, 2010 3:22:07 AM

thx i like it to
:) 
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April 1, 2010 3:23:54 AM

well ill go wit some more RAM later when i get the $$$cash$$$ but as for the motherboard i think ill settle for it.(read good reviews on it)
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April 1, 2010 3:52:43 AM

and how about this for a case

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

i like it because it looks almost like the aleinware cases :p 

with this case my subtotal will be : $204.96
plus probly like 30 bucks shipping :( 
oh well looks like ive got to get to work washing and waxing some more cars

after all i am 14
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April 1, 2010 9:24:46 AM

That's the CPU.

BTW, what video card are you getting? That mobo does not have video on it...
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April 1, 2010 11:50:33 AM

i have an older ATI card that ill use until some more cash gets here
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