Athlon II X3 445 or Intel i7 930

Hi frens....

Hows everyone...

I m deciding between these 2 processors for Gaming on a 24" 1980x1080 .... Then i read this article....

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/athlon-ii-x3-440-gaming-performance,2619.html

It says for a single GPU operation with a ATI 5850 a Athlon II x3 is more than enough for both minimum and maximum FPS at 24" 1980x1080.

By the way they had kept AA & AF "OFF" at 1980x1080 resolution. Would turning on AA to 4x and AF make the Athlon II x3 not able to give excellent minimum and maximum FPS at 24" 1980x1080.....???

In that case which AMD Cpu should i consider... ???


So i was wondering whether i should go for a single Gpu or keep and option of going Crossfire in the future..... Then i read this thread....

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/264181-31-best-bang-buck-spend-system

According to this thread it's better to buy a value based cpu and upgrade it every 2 years rather than buying the fastest available cpu.

So what do you guys feel is the better "Upgrade Path"....???


1. Get Athlon X3 445+5850 and then when it cant play games at 1980x1020 then upgrade Cpu+Gpu+Mobo....??

or.

2. Get i7 930+5850 and then when it cant play games at 1980x1020 then add another 5850...??

Thanks
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  1. I think it depends on your budget, so how much are you looking to spend for a graphics card and a cpu cause depending on that the members of this forum can find you a great deal and performance for your money.

    As for what your saying about AA in games read this link:
    http://www.pantherproducts.co.uk/Articles/Graphics/anti_aliasing.shtml

    As for AMD v.s Intel, They are saying that Intel is switching to a new socket and the AMD AM3 socket is going to be around a lot longer so you could upgrade your CPU more so with a AMD v.s a Intel in the future, myself I think that Intel has better performance in games.

    I have some questions for you:

    Whats your budget?
    Are you in the US?
    Did you need a motherboard, graphics card and cpu or just the last two?
    Are you for sure looking to crossfire or SLi?
  2. Phenom II X4 955.
  3. If u can, option 2.
  4. hi guys thanks for the replies....

    shanemarines these are answers to the questions you put in.... hopefully this will help you and others in guiding me to the right path....

    1. Whats your budget ?

    Budget is not a problem... I can afford either of the Combinations... However if the Ahtlon II X3 is good enough for my needs then i see no point in spending Extra on the i7 930.

    2. Are you in US ?

    Yes & i'm near a MicroCenter so can get a i7 930 for $200.

    3. Did you need a motherboard, graphics card and cpu or just the last two ?

    I need all three as i'm upgrading from a 6 yr old pc.

    4. Are you for sure looking to crossfire or SLI ?

    i'm not sure as i have read that many games dont support it and some games actually perform worse. Also there is the concern of more power consumption, heat etc.

    Therefore i'm wondering which option is better....

    1. Get Athlon X3 445+5850+Mobo ???( Maybe the AM3 Mobo wont need to be replaced ) and then when it cant play games at 1980x1020 then upgrade Cpu+Gpu+Mobo....??

    or.

    2. Get i7 930+5850+Mobo and then when it cant play games at 1980x1020 then add another 5850...??

    A few more things to consider for anyone giving me suggestions....

    A. This PC will be used only for Gaming+Internet Surfing.

    B. It will be used with 20"-24" 1980 x 1080 Monitor.

    C. I want to be able to play all games with All High Settings+AA+AF for another 2 years before going with either Option 1 or 2 mentioned above.

    Thanks in Anticipation....
  5. Are you sure the x3 445 would be a bottleneck for 5850 at 1980 x 1080....???

    Coz according to this article the x3 is able to achieve the Similar Minimum and Average FPS as the i7 930 at 1980 x 1080 while using a single 5850.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/athlon-ii-x3-440-gaming-performance,2619-5.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/athlon-ii-x3-440-gaming-performance,2619-6.html

    Although it was with AA & AF set to OFF.

    Would that make a difference if they had kept it ON. ???
  6. If you want AA & AF at higher levels, its not the CPU you need to worry about. Its the GPU. It sounds what like you are looking for is more the 5870 than a 5850. Either processor would do fine. But imho prices are so low, if you go AMD, get the X4 955. No sense in getting an X3.
  7. i know this adds nothing to the discussion, but @ the topic, i lold

    the 930 is the better choice saw an artcle on toms that said an x3 445 and a 5970 have the same power as a i7 930 and a 5850
  8. This is my thought as from what your telling me and from what I've read since your not upgrading that often your what the i7 series or the AM3 with T6 cored AMD, because I just saying the bang for your buck on the AMD 6 core is so nice, but as well for the i7 performance is so really nice! If you have the money get an i7.

    Follow this link and I'm sure you can make up your mind:
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    Thank you for replying back to me.
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