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Will a phenom x3 720be be backheld in gaming?Or is x4 a better option?

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March 1, 2011 11:56:57 AM

I am building a budget gaming system.So a phenom x3 720 be better for gaming or an athlonx4 or phenom x4?Will there be any bottlenecking with a 5770 or 6870??I want to use this system until bulldozer comes in market.or may be 6 months more after the arrival of bulldozer..
How will games like crysis2,justcause2 run at 1680 resolution with a x3 720be?
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March 1, 2011 6:20:12 PM

Can't you wait until the Bulldozer comes out? You can get an Athlon II X3 and a cheap mobo until then and a good video card you can reuse later.
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March 1, 2011 6:45:34 PM

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Can't you wait until the Bulldozer comes out? You can get an Athlon II X3 and a cheap mobo until then and a good video card you can reuse later.

i am really tired of waiting this bulldozer..soon i will start to beleive that there no such thing exists..http://img.tomshardware.com/forum/uk/icones/biggrin.gif
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March 1, 2011 7:33:30 PM

darksmart said:
I am building a budget gaming system.So a phenom x3 720 be better for gaming or an athlonx4 or phenom x4?Will there be any bottlenecking with a 5770 or 6870??I want to use this system until bulldozer comes in market.or may be 6 months more after the arrival of bulldozer..
How will games like crysis2,justcause2 run at 1680 resolution with a x3 720be?


the phenom II x3 is a better option then the athlon II and for most games gives a similar performance to the phenom II x4

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/83?vs=81
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March 1, 2011 10:43:40 PM

i second that, its a fine chip for gaming, not as fast as a core i 5 sandy , but most games are 80% gpu dependant so i wouldnt worry about it for now :) 
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March 1, 2011 10:46:52 PM

The Phenom x3 720 will get you by fine for a bit with either of those graphics cards. When Bulldozer finally hits, if you decide your system isn't cutting it anymore, then you can upgrade and sell the unneeded parts off. Also, if you are looking to do a minimal investment until Bulldozer hits, nab a 5770, since it can run anything out now, and it wont be taxing on your budget. Just resell it too when its time to upgrade.
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March 2, 2011 6:04:27 AM

The Phenom II X3 720 will be better. But the problem is whether you can find it at all... Just get the Phenom II X4 955 if you can find it. It remains to be the best bang for buck if you are not willing to wait for Sandy Bridge.

There is something fishy going on, though. Phenom II X4 955 & 965 has been deactivated in newegg. What's up?
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March 2, 2011 4:07:08 PM

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getting a tri core or getting the newest quad won't give you more fps in most games. Only a better gpu and a higher resolution monitor will be able to do that.


huh? a higher resolution monitor will decrease FPS not increase it
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March 2, 2011 4:22:35 PM

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Well I said better gpu and higher resolution monitor didn't I? No use getting a better gpu then staying on a lower resolution creating bottlenecks now is it and wasted dough you spend on the card. 60fps is max that you will see anyways.


a better GPU and higher resolution monitor may decrease FPS. the GPU would need to be a better leap ahead then the new monitor. going from an AMD 6850 on 1680x1050 to an AMD 6870 on 1920x1080 may not necessarily increase FPS.
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March 2, 2011 6:58:16 PM

resolutions such as 600x480 and 800x600 are more cpu taxing, but anything over shouldnt be, if u have a decent tricore or quadcore, and certain higher end dualcores such as the intel c2d e8600 or 8500, which have alot of cache and helps with certain programs and games,

and the higher the resolution the more its gonna tax ur gpu, meaning ur gpu must pump out more power to accompany more pixels on ur screen,

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March 9, 2011 4:08:09 AM

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