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AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.00Ghz or Intel i3 530 2.93Ghz

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September 30, 2010 6:48:04 PM

both around the same price but which would be better for gaming and HD video editing?
Probably gonna be used with a ATI 5850 and 4gb RAM
thanks in advance :) 

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September 30, 2010 6:54:16 PM

Its a dual core against a quad core.. What do you think will be the verdict.!!.??
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September 30, 2010 8:22:53 PM

+1, the quad is the better choice
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October 1, 2010 1:46:10 AM

HD video editing? quad core over high speeds. Gaming? three core over high speeds. I'd go with the quad but some (especially older games ie 2006-2007) would benefit more from the dual at higher speeds.
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October 1, 2010 4:44:20 AM

oh ok, i just heard intel was better at gaming and editing than AMD so i just wanted to make sure before i buy the quad core :p 
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October 1, 2010 5:14:49 AM

chloefreak17 said:
oh ok, i just heard intel was better at gaming and editing than AMD so i just wanted to make sure before i buy the quad core :p 

You heard wrong. Gaming is primarily about the video card. The CPUs actually have little to do with it these days. :sol: 
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October 1, 2010 5:59:39 AM

ok thankyu :) 
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October 1, 2010 7:20:00 AM

Avro Arrow said:
You heard wrong. Gaming is primarily about the video card. The CPUs actually have little to do with it these days. :sol: 


Not true. Gaming is primarily about the video card provided the CPU is fast enough to give it breathing room. Try pairing a 5970 with a 2GHz single core machine and see how far it gets you.
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October 1, 2010 11:27:59 AM

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^^, the Athlon II is actually quite sufficient for gaming and remember that tom's benchmark comparing CPus under 140USD, the quad core Athlon does quite well against the core i3, and CPU wont bottleneck it too much unless u go Crossfire


Agreed, I just wanted to clarify for OP's sake that the CPU is still an important factor.
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October 1, 2010 12:15:25 PM

OP includes video editing in his requirements.. On that aspect, the quad core easily outpaces the dual core.. Further, they are equally clocked.. Thus, dual core being a minimum requirement for gaming nowadays, the quad easily wins the verdict.. Both CPU's can (and will) get bottlenecked easily for a dual or more video card setup depending on the cards.. Overclocking to the rescue then and this is the only aspect on which the i3 530 may edge out the X4..
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October 1, 2010 12:30:30 PM

Emperus said:
OP includes video editing in his requirements.. On that aspect, the quad core easily outpaces the dual core.. Further, they are equally clocked.. Thus, dual core being a minimum requirement for gaming nowadays, the quad easily wins the verdict.. Both CPU's can (and will) get bottlenecked easily for a dual or more video card setup depending on the cards.. Overclocking to the rescue then and this is the only aspect on which the i3 530 may edge out the X4..

The only thing you forgot was that the i3 is faster at a given clockspeed per core. Equally clocked does not mean equally performing per core. Otherwise I agree.
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October 1, 2010 4:36:21 PM

not gonna crossfire and not looking at overclocking untill it is really neccasary, so ima get the athlon
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September 1, 2012 7:36:15 AM

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