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AMD Phenom II X3 740 or AMD Athlon II X4 640

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November 11, 2010 6:32:56 PM

Hi i ordered both by mistake ( don t really matter here ),I have to cancel 1 of them .

I have a m2n-e board and i m just wondering if paying 15 more for the 640 is worth it . I m buying a new CPU for gaming .



I have a 8800 gt if it ever matter .

Thx

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November 11, 2010 6:54:01 PM

Thx was nt sure anymore if Athlon II was better for gaming or not .Looked at so much stuff on CPU yesterday .

I ll go with the x3 then , with some luck i can unlock the 4th core but at least if i ever need to i can Overclock it . Until i decide to change boards that is ( m2n-e was surpassed by CPU it seem ) .

Thx again for quick reply .


p.s For the canadian interested to buy it it s only $88.58CAD ( 104 with taxe and air shipping ) on DirectCanada
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November 11, 2010 8:05:23 PM

I would go with the athlon , the extra core will make a difference and they overclock well
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November 11, 2010 9:45:32 PM

^ +1 ...............and the Phenom II x3 740 is a BE and overclocks very well.
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November 12, 2010 7:08:45 AM

not necessarily. depends on what games you'll be playing. have a look at some of the cpu benchmarks here on toms or passmark. the extra core could make a difference in cpu physics heavy games like crysis.

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that's bad advice in this situation.

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November 12, 2010 1:11:53 PM

OP, Please tell us what games and apps are you going to use this computer for as it would give our experts more information and would give you a better advice.

Right now, your 8800 gt will be the bottleneck for either of those cpu.
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December 25, 2010 1:09:06 PM

I just put together a rig with a MSI 78GM-P45, AthlonII X4 640, 8800GT, 4 gigs ddr3, WD 1TB Green and Windows XP Pro 32. The Athlon II X4 640 stock runs Great. I have a Zalman 9700 cooler running. And oh yes, my first rig is a MSI 790FX-g70 with Phenom II 965BEC2 OC to 3700, 8 gigs ddr3, Radeon BE 5850 with Intel ssd 80g; Samsung 1 tb spinpoint 3; other rig Asus M477TD with Phenom II 965BEC3oc to 3700 with Radeon5850 BE etc. I know what Phenom IIs are like and I'm telling you the AthlonII X4 640 is a great little chip. Runs cool and runs COD BO just fine.

I have another rig with a Phenom II 720 and it is fast and oc to 4 core 3200 but for most games the 640 gives you a guaranteed 4 core chip plenty fast enough for most games.
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December 25, 2010 9:19:16 PM

Just keep the 740, you'll love it. The 740 is a fast 3 core with L3 and might unlock a 4th core if you care to try. I have had the 720 and recently built a 740 based rig for a friend. He added a 6850 and is in love with his configuration. Replace the 8800 when you can and you'll be very happy for a year or so.
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December 27, 2010 1:51:58 PM

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