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AMD Phenom II X2 555 vs. Intel I5-750

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November 9, 2010 1:26:39 AM

If I go with the AMD, the CPU would be around 90 bucks and the motherboard would be 65 for a total of $155.

If I go with the Intel, the CPU would be 100 bucks (discount via friend) and the motherboard would be 95 for a total of $195.

If I go with the AMD, I could unlock the 3rd and 4th cores.

Is the I5 worth the extra money?

I'll be using the computer for Starcraft 2 and someday Diablo 3 at 1600x900 resolution. I don't really play any other games or really have a need for the PC other than just to play SC2 and D3 (someday).

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November 9, 2010 1:31:23 AM

Never bet on unlocking the extra cores, it is far from guaranteed. For only $40 more i would go for the i5 750, it will be quite a bit quicker than the 555 and is guarenteed to be a quad core, if you OC it it will beat out an OC'd 555 pretty easily in most tasks.
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November 9, 2010 1:32:42 AM

Yes because although there is a possibility you can unlock the cores it is not guarantied.
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November 9, 2010 1:35:43 AM

Let's assume I am able to unlock the cores on the Phenom ... would that change the discussion any or would the I5-750 still be worth the extra 40 bucks?
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November 9, 2010 1:35:53 AM

one is a $90 CPU at market price

one is a $200 CPU at $100.

this falls into the no brainer category.

also SC2 and more then likely Diablo III will run better on Intel CPUs

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November 9, 2010 1:49:29 AM

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