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Athlon ii x3 435 or Athlon ii x4 635?

Hey Im building a new computer that will be used MOSTLY FOR GAMING and surfing. Im debating over whether to get the Triple core or the quad core. I'm trying to save money, but a quad core. What are the chances of unlocking the 4th core in the triple core? Also, are there any good combo deals on newegg with a CPU and mobo? This is the combo I have now...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.394162
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    The chances of unlocking the 4th core are about 100%. The chances of getting a 4th core that is stable & won't cause problems is a lot less. No one really knows what your chances are. It's the 'luck of the draw' really.

    If the $30 savings will let you move up to a better video card it's definitively worth getting the X3 435.

    That X3/MSI 870A-G54 looks like a great combo deal.
  2. Alright thanks. Ill stick with the A3 then. Whats the best video card I can get for $600-625? Cheaper is better. This is what my current build looks like...

    RAM/PSU(I know 650w is a overkill but im going to be upgrading as time goes on) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.408245

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125236

    HDD: Samsung spinpoint f3 500gb...

    Case: NZXT m59 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146058

    Disk dive: Lite on drive. $20

    The total of all of that with the processor and mobo is $605
  3. If your budget is firm @ ~$600 you can hardly do better with what you have listed.

    Did you notice the MSI 870A-G54 motherboard's 2nd PCI-e x16 slot was X4 instead of x8 for Crossfire? They 'borrowed' some of the 2nd PCI-e x16 lanes to get USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s into the motherboard.
  4. Yeah I did :/. Would it be better to get a motherboard with better crossfire capabilities instead of USB 3.0? And if so, whats a good combo? I might eventually crossfire.
  5. goalguy876 said:
    Yeah I did :/. Would it be better to get a motherboard with better crossfire capabilities instead of USB 3.0? And if so, whats a good combo? I might eventually crossfire.

    Yep. If you really find you need usb 3.0, you can get a PCI expansion card in the future.
  6. I dont need USB 3.0 I just thought it might be smart. Any good mobo/CPU combos with an athlon x3?
  7. It's a trade off. You could still do Crossfire video cards @ x16 x4 and still have USB3 and SATA 6.
    The performance difference isn't that great - a few percentage points at most. It's probably a good bargain on your budget.
    Look here for x16 / x8 / x4 performance comparison.
    And you could go with a single next gen video card upgrade instead of Crossfire 2 older cards (like adding another HD 4580 in a 12-18 months).
  8. Ok, I can do that. I figure Ill upgrade sometime around christmas or black friday. thanks for your help!
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