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June 16, 2010 6:04:48 PM

I have the AM3 980XT from Asus

I have about $200.00 processor budget and $50 cpu fan budget. I don't plan on doing any serious overclocking but will use slider software just for fun occasionally.

I hear great things about the 955 @ 125w, is this the cats meow?

I do quite a bit of graphic design (working with 1 gig file images) and play some MMO's

Look forward to your feedback.

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June 16, 2010 6:15:19 PM

Here are my recommendations:

$50: Athlon II X2 240
$70: Athlon II X3 435
$100: Athlon II X4 620 or Phenom II X3 720
$120: Phenom II X4 925
$150: Phenom II X4 955
$200: Phenom II X6 1055T or i5 750
$300: i7 930
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June 16, 2010 7:42:27 PM

If I am primarily focused one gaming and graphics wouldn't i be better served with less cores and higher clock speeds? Sorry don't know much about the architecture of cores. Most of the games and applications I use only use 2 cores max. Thoughts?
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June 16, 2010 7:57:08 PM

If all you do is game, then the 1055T isn't that important to you and you should get a Phenom II X4 925 or 955. You may also look at the i5 750 if you are going for some extreme graphics setup, it tends to do a little better than the Phenoms, but not much. It all comes down to how much you want to spend.

If you did mean graphic design then you should get the 1055T definitely.
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June 16, 2010 8:03:51 PM

I would say about 50% gaming (MMO's and some FPS games) and 50% photoshop and Imageready, no crazy 3d applications or anything like that. I build business websites to pay for my gaming addiction :p 
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June 16, 2010 11:46:34 PM

+1 x6

1055T + overclock = damn good value.
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