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Tomshardware Intel I3 vs Amd Phenon comparision

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March 6, 2011 10:49:41 AM

Hello, I3-2100 vs AMD Phenom II-X4-945 Which is better in terms of performance for Basic Gaming system
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March 6, 2011 11:46:23 AM

on low resolutions cpu power has a much greater impact then gpu power
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March 6, 2011 12:08:20 PM

but he asked bout a cpu comparison not a gpu comparison?
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March 6, 2011 7:26:46 PM

If they are the same price the i3 every time but remember AMD motherboards are much cheaper
March 6, 2011 7:48:37 PM

If you take overclocking into account, the AMD hands down every time.

I just recently found myself in this situation. I pined for about a month over if I should get Sandy Bridge 2500k, or an AMD quad. The Sandy bridge chip is $225, and the cheapest mobo I could find to suite my needs (limited supply right now...) was $179.

I decided on the AMD chip (955be) for $100 less, and the mobo for that platform was another $100 less. With the savings, I was able to pick up a radeon 6950.

If budget isn't an issue, of course, I would go for the 2500k every time. But for the money I had to spend, I got WAY WAY WAY more for my money by getting a 955 BE.