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?Ite...
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.
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).