Hi all. As the title says, I'm debating between getting a 555 and a 530. I have done some reading and know that the i3 outperforms the 555 in most things, but that the 555 wins in a few games. For now the PC will just be used for everyday tasks and maybe a few games. I am planning on doing a good overclock on whichever one I get. I would also like to attempt unlock the cores on the 555 assuming this motherboard supports that. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The price difference is not a huge issue, though if you recommend the 555 I would save a bit, and I'm trying to keep costs low. Another key thing is that I want this system to be upgradable. I'm thinking that the i3 won't win out in this area. On the other hand, I do get more performance now from it...
Two other quick questions. Does that mobo have USB 3.0 ports? I can't seem to find that exact board on the Asus website, only the /USB3 one... Then, if I was thinking about just using a 2GB DDR3 stick I have laying around, would my performance be hindered more with either of them? Would it be best to just drop another $115 on 4GB?
I know in the end I need to make up my own mind, but I'd just like a little help from the experts to help me along. Thanks guys!
I would like to suggest a different CPU instead of those two. I'd get the X4 620/630/635 or even the X3 440. The X4s would straight up beat the i3 and X2, and the X3 would do that once unlocked and overclocked.
I would personally spend the little extra on 4 GB of RAM.
Alright, after that, here's the pros/cons to the X2 and i3 (and my alternatives):
Pros: Cheaper, more future proof (AM3 socket is still alive, Intel is moving on to the LGA1155 next year), lots of appeal for tinkering, potential to be a true quad core
Cons: Slower at stock, no integrated graphics, may not unlock the extra cores
Pros: Powerful, "fake" quad core (dual with hyperthreading), has powerful integrated graphics, excellent for overclocking, runs very cool
Cons: True dual core, more expensive, on a dead-end socket
Pros: More powerful than the X2, very cheap, can unlock/overclock to a high level, AM3 socket
Cons: Might not unlock, slighly less powerful than the i3 at stock
Pros: True quad core, more powerful than the i3 at stock, AM3 socket
Two questions about the Athlon IIs... One, it was my understanding that they were not unlockable, at least the newer ones since they have no L3 cache either. Is this true? Two, how well do they overclock? Again, I'm not really going to be needing a quad core right now, but i figured unlocking the 555 and the HT on the i3 would be cool, (as would just plain having an extra core or two) . I really see both of your value points, thanks for the insight!
They're unlockable, they just don't have a L3 cache. That means that the can't technically turn into a Phenom X4 CPU, but they'll perform like one. The L3 cache doesn't actually do a whole lot anyway. It's just something they can charge extra for.
The X3/X4 Athlons overclock very well. In fact, they overclock just as well (possibly better if it's the 440 or 635) as the X2 would.
Alright, that helps a lot. So I'm thinking a X3 440 right now. Now, could you guys tell if the mobo supported USB 3.0? It probably does, I just can't find anywhere where it says it... Thank you, again!