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Intel i3 540 or AMD Phenom II x4 955
Jan 10, 2011, 4:11 PM
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?
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
Jan 10, 2011, 7:08 PM
Usually you can get AMD motherboards cheaper than LGA1156 feature for feature to make up the price difference.
Jan 10, 2011, 8:39 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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Jan 10, 2011, 8:49 PM
I have an older Nvidia 8500 GT. Later this year we would like to add a lower end Radeon 4650 or Radeon 4670.
Jan 10, 2011, 8:55 PM
New Egg just posted this i3 540/Asus mobo combo for $184.98.
I do really like the 955 chip, but the best deal I see is $50.00 more:
Jan 10, 2011, 9:00 PM
That I3 combo is good value.
Jan 10, 2011, 9:47 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.
Jan 10, 2011, 10:03 PM
If your wants those features then this combo is a good foundation with the 955BE
Jan 10, 2011, 10:22 PM
PhII 955BE / Asus M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3
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.
Jan 10, 2011, 10:55 PM
He wants Crossfire support!
Jan 10, 2011, 11:05 PM
Two PCI-Express 2.0 16X?
What does that mean?
The Asrock board has two slots but the second slot is running at X4.
Jan 11, 2011, 12:44 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:
I am adding 3x2mb G Skill Ripjaws:
and a Corsair 550 PSU:
with a Hec Blitz Mid ATX case:
and HIS 4670 Radeon GPU
Jan 12, 2011, 5:01 PM
Best answer selected by needmorepizza.
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