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January 11, 2011 4:59:00 AM

Okay so I'm building a new rig soon (1st timer) and I was originally going to get the i3 540 with a GTS 450. After some consideration I decided I want to get a combo of the AMD x2 260 and a Mobo to save a few bucks and be able to get the GTX 460. From what I can tell the 460 is noticeably better than 450 and I'm more interested in gaming. Now obviously the CPU is a considerable downsize in performance (from what I know?) so what I'm wondering would this CPU bottleneck the GTX 460?

What my real question is whether an intel i3 540 + GTS 450 be better (FPS wise in gaming) than AMD x2 220 + GTX 460, or other way arround?

So what I'm wondering which would be better (FPS wise). I know some games are more CPU dependent (World of Warcraft) so just let me know either way..

Both builds cost just over 600 dollars, so there is no "cheaper" option I'm just wondering which would be better.
January 11, 2011 5:02:51 AM

Accidentally double posted my thread
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January 11, 2011 5:40:00 AM

I would rather pair at least a triple core CPU with the 460. Try and get the Athlon II X3 445 or higher. Three cores beat two every time.
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January 11, 2011 5:58:48 AM

I've been under the impression that the amount of cores does not afffect performance for a game like WoW (which is what I will be playing mostly) because it uses 2 cores at most. Also, considering the fact that the X2 has a mobo combo saving me some $$, spending more for the x3 while losing the combo would mean atleast 50 more dollars. This would exceed my budget.
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January 11, 2011 1:47:34 PM

What resolution will WOW be played at?

If your resolution is 1080P or similar, then the stronger graphics card option is probably better.

If you will play at a lesser resolution, then the Intel cpu option is probably better, since it is a stronger cpu.

Have you considered a micro-atx or a Mini-ITX sized motherboard? They are usually cheaper, and will fit in some really nice small cases.
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January 11, 2011 2:42:55 PM

The Athlon x2 + GTX 460 is definately better than the i3 + 450 but if theres anyway you can afford it like Herr_Koos said the x3s are better if you can find a few more $s somewhere.
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January 11, 2011 2:44:37 PM

I would avoid combos at newegg normally they push their junky old stock with them.

make sure the motherboard you are buying has good reviews.
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