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Core i3-540 vs Athlon II x4-640

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December 11, 2010 2:01:43 PM

Hey everyone,

I am looking to build a gaming PC, (I have everything else picked out except the CPU) but I am kinda at a stalemate when it comes to what CPU to get. I have looked at i3s, i5s, Athlon II x3s and x4s and even Phenom IIs. And I have narrowed it down to either an i3 or Athlon II x4. I want to stay under $125 for the CPU.

I am looking for good OC potential and the best performance for playing two games in perticular, Crysis and Bad Company 2.

I already plan to get 4GB of G-skill DDR3 1333 and an XFX HD 5770 or 5830. So with the combo of those components, which CPU would be best for me.

Thanks

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December 11, 2010 2:21:43 PM

After read a bench that dipankar post above, I change my statement, for gaming it seems like i3 is the winner here...
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December 11, 2010 2:32:38 PM

crysis and BFBC2 both run just fine on a dual core and the athlon II x4 is not really a good gaming CPU, its more in the OK range. in fact, an athlon II x3 will give you the exact same performance in virtually every game.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/50
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December 11, 2010 3:21:35 PM

ok, thanks for all the responses, would you guys think going up to an i5 would be worth the additional $75.
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December 11, 2010 3:33:13 PM

I would go with an i5-750
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December 11, 2010 7:26:45 PM

Best answer selected by mattius92.
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December 11, 2010 9:08:13 PM

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