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Intel i3 540 or AMD Phenom II x4 955

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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?

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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?
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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.
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January 10, 2011 9:00:42 PM

That I3 combo is good value.
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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.
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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!
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January 10, 2011 10:55:55 PM

He wants Crossfire support!
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January 10, 2011 11:05:50 PM

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Two PCI-Express 2.0 16X?

What does that mean?

The Asrock board has two slots but the second slot is running at X4.
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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...
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January 12, 2011 5:01:38 PM

Best answer selected by needmorepizza.
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