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Budget Phenom build vs i3 core build help $420

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August 21, 2010 9:54:25 PM

Hey guys, it's that time when I'm due for a little upgrade and I was wondering which one of these I should pick up for gaming.
My budget for an upgrade is around $420 so it's between the i3core setup or the phenom ii x4.
Which one of these 2 builds allows easy speed overclocking for newbies and has the better longevity?

Thanks so much!


This i3 core setup:

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
$96.99

Intel Core i3 540 Dual Core Processor Clarkdale LGA1156 3.06GHZ Hyperthreading 4MB Cache Retail Box
$136.36

MSI P55-GD55 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2XPCI-E16 3XPCI-E1 2XPCI RAID Audio GBLAN CrossFire *IR-$20*
$109.99

OR The Phenom II x4 Setup:

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
$96.99

MSI 870A-G54 ATX AM3 870 DDR3 2PCI-E16 CrossFire 1PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 USB3.0 GBLAN Motherboard
$112.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 8MB Cache 125W Retail Box
$145

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August 21, 2010 10:10:06 PM

I would argue that dual core processors are not going to be useful in the near future. Go with the AMD Phenom II processor. Also, get the CL7 or 8 memory. It's a bit faster for only $3 more.
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August 21, 2010 10:17:43 PM

Ok thanks, by the way the cl7 memory is $10+ more than the ones I had, unless of course i go 1333mhz and not 1600
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August 21, 2010 10:49:38 PM

they are from NCIX in Canada, I already used a price match so it looks like I may be saving $20 on purchase+ no shipping since I'm doing pickup. I'm stoked to give this machine a try, my cpu ram and mobo are pretty damn outdated and slow atm
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August 22, 2010 6:17:18 AM

Considering The X4 Will Blow The i3 Away For About The Same Price..... Wadda You Think?
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August 22, 2010 8:16:13 AM

HyperThreading is no substitute for extra cores, go for the Phenom.
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August 22, 2010 8:55:26 AM

if its a budget build always go for amd
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August 22, 2010 9:30:00 AM

Thank You Gordon, As Ive Alwayse Said, Save The Money On An Adaquate CPU And Use The Saved $$ For Other More Important Things, AKA; RAM, Graphics. Etc.

My Points Are As Follows..

1. If Your Gaming Your Not Gonna Notice The Diff Between A Phenom II And A Core i7 If They Are Both Running A GTX480 On A 20" Monitor

2. If Your A Multitasker, Your Probably Too Busy Paying Attention To The Article Your Reading On Toms Hardware To Care If Your Video Takes A Few Seconds Longer To Encode On Your Phenom Than It Does Your Friends "Slightly Faster" Core i7 When Your Machine Coast Half The Money To Build And Still Has All The Same "Creature Comforts"

There Are More But Why Should I Bother?, I Think We All Get The Point...
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August 22, 2010 9:36:39 AM

also lga 1156 is dead so am3 is the way to go, i think that socket am3 can support the new amd bulldozer cpus that are coming out next year im not a 100% sure though, so if you go amd you have a better upgrade path, by the way what gpu do you have or what gpu are you planning on getting?
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August 22, 2010 2:42:19 PM

all im saying is that intel will not be making more cpus for lga 1156
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August 22, 2010 3:51:23 PM

Thats Intel For Ya
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August 22, 2010 11:30:47 PM

He's right.... It's only if you're making outlandish claims that you need to cite sources.

It's dead, but IMO that doesn't matter when 1156 offers so much value in the i5-750.
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August 24, 2010 12:26:46 PM

intel never supports a given socket longer than about 2-3 years, going all the way back to 8086/88 to 80286
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