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Intel i3 540 or AMD Phenom II x4 955

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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. I have an older Nvidia 8500 GT. Later this year we would like to add a lower end Radeon 4650 or Radeon 4670.
  4. New Egg just posted this i3 540/Asus mobo combo for $184.98.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.586990

    I do really like the 955 chip, but the best deal I see is $50.00 more:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.572742
  5. That I3 combo is good value.
  6. 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.
  7. Best answer
    If your wants those features then this combo is a good foundation with the 955BE http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.581453 Crossfire support!
  8. 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.
  9. He wants Crossfire support!
  10. 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.
  11. 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?ItemList=Combo.572742


    I am adding 3x2mb G Skill Ripjaws:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    and a Corsair 550 PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    with a Hec Blitz Mid ATX case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121096

    and HIS 4670 Radeon GPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161315
  12. Best answer selected by needmorepizza.
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