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Athlon II X3. Suggestion needed.

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June 19, 2010 3:28:53 AM

I have been deciding on a processor for a future upgrade and the Athlon II x3's have been suggested quite a few times for a primarily gaming pc.

I am attempting to choose which of the x3's are worth the money when it comes to overall preformance and overclocking ability. I am planning on purchasing an after market heatsink/fan thought not planning on spending too much on it.

These are all newegg pricing.

AMD Athlon II X3 425 2.7 Ghz - $62.99 (Free Shipping)
AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9 Ghz - $65.99 (Free Shipping)

AMD Athlon II X3 425 2.7 Ghz - $70.00 + $3.99 Shipping
AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9 Ghz - $70.00 (Free Shipping)
AMD Athlon II X3 440 3.0 Ghz - $74.00 (Free Shipping)
AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1 Ghz - $88.99 (Free Shipping) (Free COD MW2)

After the search for the processor is over. I will begin my search for a motherboard that will fit my needs.

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June 19, 2010 3:49:46 AM

may as well get the retail 435, you can OC it to over 3.1ghz+ plus it comes with the 3 year warranty as opposed to the 30day for the OEM.

unless you really want CoD MW2
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June 19, 2010 4:21:06 AM

Eh, I'd pay another $4 for another 100MHz, but that's probably easy enough to give up if the budget is tight.
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June 19, 2010 4:34:52 AM

If you don't have, and want MW2 I'd go for the 445. You can also sell it on craigslist or ebay or whatever and make up the difference.

If not, the best choice IMO is the 435 or 440.
June 19, 2010 4:54:48 AM

What exactly is a "C3" stepping?
June 19, 2010 4:17:47 PM

Alright. Well I read up on C3 stepping and it supposedly allows processors to run at low temps and increases overclocking potential. I would assume purchasing the 445 if I am overclocking is worth the price increase of $15 over the 440.