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Deciding between i3 540 and Phenom II X4 955 and their MBs

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January 26, 2011 9:53:12 PM

Hey there.

As I haven't been in touch with AMD CPU's for a while now, I need some advice regarding two separate CPU+MB combinations, one running on an Intel i3 base, the otherone on an AMD Phenom II Quad. The two setups have about the same price, so it all comes down to performance.

Worth mentioning that I intend to use this combination for a gaming build, and I do NOT require USB 3 or tons of software support, I am however considering to overclock both the CPUs, so I will need a stable MB. Also, Crossfire/SLI is not needed, as I will use a single GPU. The only thing I want the MB to handle is a pair of HDDs running in Raid 0;

So here are the options:

Intel i3 540 CPU + GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3L Motherboard


AMD Phenom II X4 945/955 + GIGABYTE GA-M52LT-D3 Motherboard

I have choosen Gigabyte MBs, since they prove to be stable under OC and are reliable. However, I am listening to suggestions.

Thanks a lot in advance

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January 26, 2011 10:01:52 PM

The 955 would be better the 945 is close but slightly better (both compared to the i3). The links you posted don't work but generally the AMD boards are better value. The sandy bridge i3s will be released soon and should be alot better at around the same price.
January 26, 2011 10:06:21 PM

Odd, links are working for me, oh well. Thanks for the input. However, I can't afford to wait for the i3 Sandy Bridge, and while the CPU's might be well priced, the MBs for them are considerably more expensive. Also, I'm probably ordering the components tomorrow, I will be using the PC for work purposes too, and right now I'm sitting on an ancient Novatech notebook.

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January 26, 2011 10:38:04 PM

Yes, I plan on overclocking, maybe not to 4.4, I was aiming for aroung 4ghz or so on the I3

What MB did you use to get those results psy?
January 26, 2011 10:44:03 PM

So, overall, would you recommend it over the X4 945/955's ?
January 26, 2011 10:48:53 PM

More of a softcore or occasional gamer rather than hardware graphics enthusiast. I mostly go for MMOs, and work in Photoshop CS5
January 26, 2011 11:03:44 PM

Will do, thanks for the great advice. About the MB, the Asus you posted looks great, but over my budget, so I won't be able to afford one. I'm the one usually telling people to invest into a good MB, but right now I have to do with something around 100$, preferably under
January 26, 2011 11:12:13 PM

Yup, that looks like a good choice, will consider it :)  Thanks!
January 26, 2011 11:25:46 PM

Any other suggestions for a cooler? Hyper 212 is priced around 40$ here, was hoping to solve the cooler matter somewhere at 25$ or so? Any other good brands I can look for?
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January 27, 2011 10:39:33 AM

The TX3 is good enough for dual core CPUs and close to half the price.