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Am I good enough with a 4 core CPU?

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May 3, 2010 3:00:31 AM

I don't game that much considering I am currently on Macs. I may do a little bit here and there though upon the build of another computer. I don't do any heavy stuff i.e, programming, graphics, etc, etc..I may put together a few movies and DVD's here and there. I am torn between a 1055T, as it is the latest and greatest, or a 955 X4. For someone like me, is it worth the extra 30 to 40 dollars? Thoughts?

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May 3, 2010 3:07:33 AM

Probably not. Don't get me wrong, the X6 looks like a great chip, but unless you use a lot of fully threaded apps, I doubt you will see much real world difference between an X4 and X6.
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May 3, 2010 3:09:34 AM

Okay, with that said, memory is my missing link. What is the best memory for the money with an 890 series chipset @ 2x2gb @1600? Or should I be lookin at something else?
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May 3, 2010 3:09:35 AM

Well, I think that video encoding would benefit from the 1055T but as far as I know the 955 X4 is better for gaming right now. Its probably better to go 955 and save the money for a graphics card or extra hard drive.
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May 3, 2010 3:10:06 AM

Probably?.. No.

But I would spend the extra $40 for 2 more cores. But then again I would look more towards the $300 x6 one.
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May 3, 2010 3:10:06 AM

For memory, go with G.skill DDR3 1600. For hard drives go with the Samsung f3's. For video cards, go ATI 5830 at least.
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May 3, 2010 3:11:30 AM

Or 1333 if it is cheaper, as 1333 -> 1600 adds little real world performance.
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May 3, 2010 3:13:38 AM

What about an Athlon II X3 unlocked to a 4 core, does that offer similar performance to a Phenom II X4
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May 3, 2010 3:14:04 AM

EXT64 said:
Or 1333 if it is cheaper, as 1333 -> 1600 adds little real world performance.


Yes, I agree. I think that the 1600 is like almost the same price though, I could be wrong I havent checked recently. Alot of motherboards will clock 1600 ram at 1333 anyway.
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May 3, 2010 3:14:30 AM

Its missing the L3 cache, which is a big hit in some apps. Let me see if I can find a review for you.
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May 3, 2010 3:15:35 AM

jbjarko said:
What about an Athlon II X3 unlocked to a 4 core, does that offer similar performance to a Phenom II X4


Dont get your hopes up of unlocking a core. Its hit or miss with core unlocking. If you want 4 cores for sure, then go with a Athlon II X4 630 or 635. It has similar gaming performance to the Phenom II's if you clock it at the same speed.
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May 3, 2010 3:24:11 AM

I appreciate the help. Greatly :) 
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May 3, 2010 4:57:37 AM

Ok, getting ready to pull the trigger. I found the memory I want, and the motherboard I want, but according to Asus' website, that particular stick is not compatible. How much stock can I put in that. It is the G.Skill stuff
Thoughts?
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May 3, 2010 11:53:19 AM

Check GSkill's site for the ram. They go out and test it themselves and have a much longer list of compatible motherboards than Asus probably has of compatible ram.
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