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September 26, 2010 4:24:25 PM

I've seen the latest best cpu for the money chart, and I've seen these two as the winners in their respective price range, nevertheless the motherboard varies.

The price for the Phenom II x4 945 in my country is $188 + 102 for the motherboard, while the i3-530 retails for 149 + 160 for the motherboard. Giving a total cost of 280 for the AMD config and a cost of 310 for the Intel Based one.

The PC is meant for standard home usage (having office, youtube, and a video game open at the same time).
The system will have 2 gigs of ram, a zotac gt 240 ddr5, a seagate drive and a 400 watt psu.

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September 26, 2010 4:41:46 PM

You'd rather go for an Athlon X4 and 4GB of RAM, even with a 980X, 2GB will still be too little, especially for multitasking.
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September 26, 2010 4:46:04 PM

I will get one strip of 2 gigs of ram and probably another one in a month or two. Nevertheless, the CPU is something I can't easily change, so I would like to know which of those two suits me best
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September 26, 2010 4:47:55 PM

The Phenom will be better, since youll be running multiple programs at the same time, the 2 extra core will shine through.

But Id really get 4GB at the same time, you'll have a pretty bad computer for a month with only 2GB.

Where do you live? Whats the pricing on the Athlon X4?
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September 26, 2010 4:55:25 PM

i think this article will be very helpful to you

The next processor that impresses us with its gaming performance is the Phenom II X4 940/945. It beats out the more expensive Core i3-540—a CPU that hardly offers any performance increase over the cheaper Core i3-530—while delivering great multitasking performance, too. This is one of the instances where the Phenom II's large 6MB L3 cache can show a solid advantage.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-co...


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September 26, 2010 5:09:31 PM

ill take 4 real cores over 2 typerthreaded cores anyday.
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September 26, 2010 5:14:50 PM

How much is a Phenom II X4 955?
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September 26, 2010 7:17:00 PM

The Phenom II is the obvious better choice here.. But i'll recommend sticking with Timop's suggestion.. Your usage scenario is well served that way.. If you wish to get one from the Phenom II lineup then its recommended you add up some cash and get one from the X6 series..
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September 26, 2010 7:17:37 PM

The Phenom II is the obvious better choice here.. But i'll recommend sticking with Timop's suggestion.. Your usage scenario is well served that way.. If you wish to get one from the Phenom II lineup then its recommended you add up some cash and get one from the X6 series..
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September 26, 2010 8:44:28 PM

Emperus said:
The Phenom II is the obvious better choice here.. But i'll recommend sticking with Timop's suggestion.. Your usage scenario is well served that way.. If you wish to get one from the Phenom II lineup then its recommended you add up some cash and get one from the X6 series..


other then video editing, why would anyone get the AMD x6?

The majority of CPU I have owned have been AMD so I'm not looking to bash them.
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September 26, 2010 9:36:14 PM

I ran a phenom IIx4 with 2 gigs of ram for a month. It really wasnt bad. My faulty gfx card was a bigger problem than the lack of memory :) 
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September 26, 2010 10:18:21 PM

Phenom II x4 for sure, how much more is an x4 955? On newegg the 955 is only $5 more.
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September 27, 2010 3:53:04 AM

The phenom and Athlon are the same core , but the phenom has an L3 cache .


It seems to me that an athlon x4 640 has about equivalent performance to the i3 530. So why not use one of those? It would be cheaper than the Phenom , and combined with a good 880G chipset motherboard [ so you dont have to buy a graphics card immediately ] you could also afford the 4 gig of RAM now
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September 27, 2010 4:01:50 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The phenom and Athlon are the same core , but the phenom has an L3 cache .


It seems to me that an athlon x4 640 has about equivalent performance to the i3 530. So why not use one of those? It would be cheaper than the Phenom , and combined with a good 880G chipset motherboard [ so you dont have to buy a graphics card immediately ] you could also afford the 4 gig of RAM now

This sounds like a good idea
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September 27, 2010 6:49:38 PM

Yeap, that sounds as a good idea, but I'd rather have my video card now and THEN the gigs of ram (it's just a months wait).

Should I invest much in the platform? Cause they're selling me a 100 dollar AMD motherboard with integrated video, but they also carry a 60 dollar platform with no video, where I could use my videocard instead.
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September 27, 2010 6:55:47 PM

If you're for sure going to buy a vid card in my opinion there's no reason to get on board video. Save 60 and get the cheaper one as long as the MBs are comparable.

And also if you're really going to buy the ram in a month make sure you do and not just say oh I'll get it next month, etc etc lol. It will really benefit you
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October 7, 2010 12:49:17 AM

Best answer selected by Rodmantis.
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