Solved Intel i3 540 or AMD Phenom II x4 955 Tags: CPUs Computer AMD Product Last response: January 12, 2011 5:01 PM in CPUs Share needmorepizza January 10, 2011 4:11:32 PM Hi all! My son and I are trying to build our first computer. I am trying to decide which CPU to buy for a gaming computer/home work computer (COD4, COD5, Bad Co, Civil 5). Other needs would be video editing and Microsoft Office. I thought the AMD would cost less. However, New Egg has the 530 @ $114.99 and the x4 955 is $145.99 The bench marks I have seen show the i3 (even in games) doing pretty well against this AMD chip. What am I missing? Is there a motherboard that would help make a difference in both cost and performance? -Thanks More about : intel 540 amd phenom 955 rolli59 a c 617 à CPUs a c 195 À AMD January 10, 2011 7:08:19 PM http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=118 Usually you can get AMD motherboards cheaper than LGA1156 feature for feature to make up the price difference. 1000FPS January 10, 2011 8:39:07 PM Get the 955, its a brilliant chip, and yes, AMD motherboards are often cheaper. What sort of graphics card are you looking at for this computer? Related resources Deciding between i3 540 and Phenom II X4 955 and their MBs - Forum I3 540 or phenom II x4 955 - Forum AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition at at 3.6ghz vs intel core i3 2100 - Forum Intel i3 2100 vs AMD Phenom II X4 955 ? - Forum Intel I3 2100 vs AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE for Crossfirex - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer needmorepizza January 10, 2011 8:49:16 PM I have an older Nvidia 8500 GT. Later this year we would like to add a lower end Radeon 4650 or Radeon 4670. needmorepizza January 10, 2011 8:55:18 PM New Egg just posted this i3 540/Asus mobo combo for $184.98. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... I do really like the 955 chip, but the best deal I see is $50.00 more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... rolli59 a c 617 à CPUs a c 195 À AMD January 10, 2011 9:00:42 PM That I3 combo is good value. needmorepizza January 10, 2011 9:47:02 PM The board does not have 3.0 USB or SATA 6. No Cross Fire support either...hmm I think my son might want to have these featues in the future. Best solution rolli59 a c 617 à CPUs a c 195 À AMD January 10, 2011 10:03:43 PM If your wants those features then this combo is a good foundation with the 955BE http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Crossfire support! Wisecracker a c 82 à CPUs a b À AMD January 10, 2011 10:22:16 PM PhII 955BE / Asus M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3: $223 The Giga-Byte GA-870A-UD3/PhII 955BE combo is another $10 if that is more to your liking. Gaming will be most dependent upon your video card selection. Video transcoding will better use the Phenom cores. rolli59 a c 617 à CPUs a c 195 À AMD January 10, 2011 10:55:55 PM He wants Crossfire support! rolli59 a c 617 à CPUs a c 195 À AMD January 10, 2011 11:05:50 PM Quote:And Two PCI-Express 2.0 16X? What does that mean? The Asrock board has two slots but the second slot is running at X4. needmorepizza January 11, 2011 12:44:33 AM I know the i3 540 combo is good value. But it lacks USB 3.0 and potential for Crossfire. So I think I will go with the AMD 955 and the Gigabyte 880 mobo combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... I am adding 3x2mb G Skill Ripjaws: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and a Corsair 550 PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with a Hec Blitz Mid ATX case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and HIS 4670 Radeon GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... needmorepizza January 12, 2011 5:01:38 PM Best answer selected by needmorepizza. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumIntel Core i3 540 vs AMD Athlon II X4 640 ForumI3- 540 or Phenom II X4 955 ForumIntel Core i3 2100 Vs AMD Phenom X4 955 for GAMING. ForumPhenom II x4 vs. Core i3 ForumAMD Phenom II X4 955 vs Intel Core i3-2100 ForumIs amd phenom ii x4 more powerful the intel i3 processor ForumThermaltake 850w PCI-E question Forum[Solved] AMD althlon ii x4 vs amd phemon x2 which is better Forum[Solved] AMD Phenom II x2 and Motherboard ideas. ForumOverclocking AMD Phenom II x4 945 CPU ForumPhenom II 965 over heating ForumIntel heatsink ForumIntel Q8300 vs Q9650 Forum[Solved] AMD Dual-Core questions? ForumAbout to buy a new PC... amd or intel ? More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !