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Which CPU to get for strictly gaming only? (AMD processor)

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June 24, 2010 11:38:15 PM

I'm building a budget gaming PC for mmorpgs and All Points Bulletin.

I'll ether be using the

MSI 880GMA-E45 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

or

MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

in my Antec 900 case with Corsair 650watt PSU.

My question is should I go with the

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz

or

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz

for pure gaming purposes only. I also have a brand new Cooler Master V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler.
I would probably overclock the Phenom II x2 BE to 3.7ghz, and the athlon II x3 to 3.2ghz.

With that CPU cooler could I go higher with the Phenom II x2 to say 4.0ghz stable? I've seen a lot of 3.9ghz stable speeds.

I'll be buying the motherboard ether the MSI 880g or 890gx with the athlon II x3 or Phenom II x2 BE tomorrow morning.

Which would you pick? Thanks for reading my post, I hope it's not too long.
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June 24, 2010 11:52:15 PM

for pure gaming, id go with this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

unless you need the onboard graphics, which makes no sense for gaming. and the v8 is a good cooler, so that should be fine. the 555 can unlock into a 3.2 GHz quad core very easily (not 100% guaranteed, but highly likely) and if it doesnt, it is still better for gaming.
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June 24, 2010 11:56:55 PM

I will be purchasing a gpu probably late July and would like the onboard graphics, to atleast have something for time being. Plus the 2nd pci-e is only x4, which is not gonna fly for crossfire, considering the 1% performance loss on the new ati dx11 cards when it's in 8x 8x. I like your recommendation but for the time being I need the onboard graphics.
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June 24, 2010 11:59:20 PM

have you looked into the i3 series maybe?
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June 25, 2010 12:03:33 AM

I have and it's out of my budget. Can only spend $210 on the motherboard and cpu. I've always used AMD over intel, ever since 2 p3's went bad on me in 3 weeks. I'm sure Intel is perfect now, their new i7's are impressive.

Also it would seem that the new "bulldozer" cores will be am3 supported, so future proofing is always good. Even if they not supported by am3 the thuban will always be there.
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June 25, 2010 12:25:14 AM

I do like that i3 and asus combo, fits the budget. But I have no knowledge of intel, because I've never really been interested. I

saw a youtube video of the i3's core graphics, which would work for the time being. But I do not know how long the socket LGA

1156 will last in terms of future proofing which is a big concern.

The 890gx and oem Phenom II x2 550 was what I was really looking at. It has sata 6gb/s and usb 3.0, plus I'll be guessing

support for the bulldozer cores which I am pretty excited about. The Phenom II x2 555 will probably be an unlikely choice since I

already have a cpu cooler at hand.


In terms gaming, would a dual core at 3.6ghz+ with an L3 cache be better then a triple core at 3.2ghz with no l3 cache? I've

seen some benchmarks and it's tricky. But then again I do love some of the old classic games like "Star Wars the Knights Of

The Old Republic" which I'm guessing were optimized for 1 to 2 cores. At the same token, multi-threaded games are being

released.

If I were to upgrade my cpu in late September should I just go with the phenom II x2 and 890gx and call it a day? I would

think prices would drop, or begin to.

How's the future of LGA 1156?
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June 25, 2010 12:36:14 AM

the future of 1156 is non-existent by the looks of it, even less so for h55. it died the day it came out pretty much, but is a good deal nonetheless. and well, the 550/555 CAN unlock into a quad core, so you get a 3.2 GHz quad core for 80-100 bucks. If it doesnt, the l3 cache, higher clock, and deneb architecture, as well as games not really using 3 cores better than 2, puts the 550/555 over the top for gaming. and i loved KOTOR, but it doesnt work for me anymore :cry:  also, 550/555 oc higher.
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June 25, 2010 1:00:58 AM

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June 25, 2010 1:02:35 AM

ares1214 said:
the future of 1156 is non-existent by the looks of it, even less so for h55. it died the day it came out pretty much, but is a good deal nonetheless. and well, the 550/555 CAN unlock into a quad core, so you get a 3.2 GHz quad core for 80-100 bucks. If it doesnt, the l3 cache, higher clock, and deneb architecture, as well as games not really using 3 cores better than 2, puts the 550/555 over the top for gaming. and i loved KOTOR, but it doesnt work for me anymore :cry:  also, 550/555 oc higher.



Alright, I'll purchase the msi 890gx with the phenom II x2 tomorrow morning! Thanks!
Maybe in early 2011 I'll do some crossfire... :D 
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June 25, 2010 1:03:24 AM

haha, dont forget bulldozer! :lol: 
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