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Which will be better for gaming? Athlon ii 435 x3 or phenom ii 545/550 x2 ? Plz

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August 26, 2010 6:47:33 PM

Which will be better for gaming? Athlon ii 435 x3 or phenom ii 545/550 x2 ? Plz help :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
August 26, 2010 8:19:27 PM

The X3. Triple cores are extremely good for gaming right now. Also, both could potentially be unlocked to a quad core, but the problem is that the dual core would be less likely to be stable. In addition, if the unlocked cores aren't stable, the dual core would still be a dual core. That would greatly hamper performance.

Not only is the X3 technically better for gaming, but it's typically lower cost means you can spend a little more money on the GPU, which is vastly more important than the CPU anyway.
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August 26, 2010 8:45:46 PM

Why not go for a decent true quad core directly.!! The Athlon II X4 630 can be bought for a sub 90$ price tag.. It saves you the undue efforts required for core unlocking also..
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a b 4 Gaming
August 26, 2010 8:52:31 PM

The X3 is actually recommended above the X4 630. Check out Tom's "Best Gaming CPUs for the Money" monthly article. It consistently ranks the X3 above both the X4 6xx and the X2s.
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August 26, 2010 9:37:10 PM

Instead of just reading the recommended CPU names, go through the wordings mentioned in the article.. Even they have accepted the worth of getting a true quad core considering the CPU purchase for a wholesome system experience and not just gaming.. Currently, the only reason the X3 435 might edge out the X4 630 is because of a higher stock clock speed which can be achieved on the X4 630 by overclocking which is far more easier and guaranteed when compared to core unlocking..
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a b 4 Gaming
August 26, 2010 9:49:07 PM

The OP didn't ask about what's in general, now did they? They asked for gaming specifically. In which case, the X3 is better.

I contended that the X3 is better overall as well, but that's up for debate and really depends on what you're doing. In fact, I would only recommend the X4 6xx CPUs for a build that's doing heavy CPU work, yet can't afford the X4 955. That's not very common, so I almost never recommend it.
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August 26, 2010 10:23:50 PM

The Athlon II x4 630 is only a 2.8GHz CPU, the Athlon II x3 445 is a 3.1GHz CPU. In addition to being a bit cheaper, the x3 will run ~10% faster in most games. BFBC2 and GTA4 would be probable exceptions. In either case going with the x2 would be the least preferable choice.
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August 27, 2010 2:58:41 AM

I would like to see an article with both the x4 630 & the X3 OC'd to the max and tested with an identical hardware configuration. In all honesty, I own 3 x4 630 systems and I have them oc'd to 3.6ghz and I couldn't be more pleased.

To me, the raw 4 core power at that price point makes it hard to look at another cpu atm but thats my opinion. I haven't owned any x3 cpus and obviously don't need one so I can't give a personal comparison but from what I keep hearing about them I really don't think you will be disappointed either route you choose to go.

I also recommend not going the x2 route. Thats quickly becoming the new single core obsolete cpu...
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a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2010 3:02:19 AM

Between those,the Rana X3 Games that do better with higher clocks u can OC away but with highly multi core optimized games u can't 'grow'cores to have a more playable experience and clocking can only get ya so far hehe
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August 27, 2010 5:03:03 AM

Thank you for responses.Really i am not looking for oc right now because of 450 watt psu. So which one will be better?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2010 9:04:28 AM

In the long run over even spread of games : Rana X3
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August 27, 2010 9:11:29 AM

Can 450 watt psu handle mid oc?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2010 9:12:50 AM

State model/make of PSU and approximate final planned config
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August 27, 2010 9:20:20 AM

2 gb a-data ddr3
athlon 435/440 x3
xfx 5750 1gb
320 gb seagate barracuda
can't find a gaming mobo under 80$ (help)
didn't understand model of psu(?)
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August 27, 2010 9:20:23 AM

2 gb a-data ddr3
athlon 435/440 x3
xfx 5750 1gb
320 gb seagate barracuda
can't find a gaming mobo under 80$ (help)
didn't understand model of psu(?)
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August 27, 2010 9:20:32 AM

2 gb a-data ddr3
athlon 435/440 x3
xfx 5750 1gb
320 gb seagate barracuda
can't find a gaming mobo under 80$ (help)
didn't understand model of psu(?)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2010 9:30:24 AM

What is the brand of your PSU and its specific line?

Eg:

Brand: Cooler Master
Line: Extreme Power series

oe

Brand: Antec
Line: Earthwatts series
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August 27, 2010 9:36:08 AM

Not a good psu :(  its techcom.
Tell me a gaming mobo please suits athlon 440 x3 best and under 85$ :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2010 9:45:42 AM

I would look to invest in an entry level 80+ PSU 1st if i were u
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August 27, 2010 9:50:04 AM

Please Tell me a brand and line of psu what you suggest.
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August 27, 2010 9:57:31 AM

What is the advantage of 80+ psu with an ordinary 450 watt psu?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2010 10:01:15 AM

Higher efficiency resulting in power savings in your bill hence the saying : an 80+ PSU eventually 'pays for itself' Better caps/parts in the making of PSU, reliability, etc
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August 27, 2010 10:04:39 AM

Is it help better oc?
Please help about mobo.
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August 27, 2010 10:08:40 AM

Its not just about efficiency.. Good quality PSU's deliver proper stable power which is critical for proper working of the components.. Inferior brands would fail even to pull out the advertised wattage ratings on their PSU's..
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August 27, 2010 10:27:03 AM

Some one help to find a good am3 mobo under 80$ plz
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a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2010 12:05:32 PM

asteldian said:
Asus 770 - $65 after rebate, $80 before
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



ASRock has one for $60, handles up to DDR3 1600 without overclocking, but is only USB2.0 and SATA2.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you need USB3 and SATA3, this Gigabyte board is $79, and unlike the ASUS, handles DDR3 1333 without Overclocking.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 27, 2010 12:58:58 PM

Any other in this range?
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August 27, 2010 1:01:12 PM

If you can somehow come up with an extra 13 bucks and would like the benefit of all the latest features, this one would be great:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't care about that, there are several mobos at sub 80.00 to do the job. The reviews on the board I suggest is why I'm suggesting to you. I think it will serve you well. Borrow 13 bucks from a buddy, lol...
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August 27, 2010 8:15:48 PM

Best answer selected by Dibakar1236.
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