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AMD athlon ll 445 X3 vs Phenom II X3 740 BE

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September 11, 2010 1:21:01 PM

Well im trying to decide which cpu which be the best choice but i could use some help.
I plan on gaming eventually
The Athlon ll 445 has a clock speed of 3.1 and the Phenom is 3.0 but is oem and more expensive. I already have a heatsink fan

Phenom ll x3 is $88 just the oem cpu but has l3 cache 30 day warranty
Athlon ll x3 is $77 full retail box with warranty
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September 11, 2010 3:05:35 PM

The 740BE has an unlocked multiplier as well so very easy to overclock (raise multiplier). Since you already have a heat sink and fan you will get more performance (overclock and L3 Cache) for $11 more.
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September 11, 2010 4:45:14 PM

Well i also could get a quad for just a little more than the phenom
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September 11, 2010 4:52:18 PM

If you are planning on gaming CPU speed is good. If you are planning on multitasking or rendering more cores is good.
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September 11, 2010 5:19:30 PM

What is your main use? Like rolli said, if you can take advantage of the L3, then the 740BE takes the win.
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September 11, 2010 6:12:47 PM

This is my first build i like to run a couple programs and multiple webpages at once nothing to serious. I will eventually start gaming soon once i get a decent video card. I have never overclocked
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September 11, 2010 10:41:26 PM

Sounds like your primary use is going to be multitasking. Then a Athlon II X4 would be my first choice. For gaming 740BE would be my first choice.
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September 12, 2010 3:54:12 AM

I vote for the Phenom II BE. with a simple bump in the multiplier you could be running at 3.2 Ghz, probably even 3.4Ghz without any extra voltage or tweaking.
More cache, higher clock speed.

A quad core would be nice for multitasking on the other hand.
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September 13, 2010 7:49:18 PM

I ended up getting a Athlon ll 640 3.0ghz x4 and called it a day
Quad for only $100 i love AMD

Thanks for all the help
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September 14, 2010 12:01:28 AM

Enjoy!
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