Im struggling to decide whether or not to get an Athlon II x4 640 or a Phenom II x4 925 for my budget gaming rig. I have decided on getting a Radeon 6850, 4gb ram etc. but am struggling with cpu choice, and what motherboard would suit these cpus nicely. Thanks
^ I actually disagree, the 925 is a better buy IMO, because of the Deneb arch. Sure it's below 3.0ghz but so are the i7's and they cut the curb just fine. However, I do agree though that the extra kick would make the difference. But since the 925 comes with a better heatsink, I think he'd be able to get to 3.0ghz or 3.1ghz easy with a 925.
azn is right: the gains from L3 is non more evident in WOW Cata and u could clock a 925 any day while no L3 means no L3 which means a performance hit in some games That said actually for really budget gaming rigs i would actually look at $79 Rana X3 3.2 ghz but if i could spend more than that i would pick 925 over 640 (if just chip alone, not factoring bundles/combos) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm confused as to why people are using the stock heatsink as a buying factor on these. It seems the common thought is that any stock heatsink is garbage, so why mention it as a plus to buying one CPU over another?
^ I'm not sure what your question is... But the thing is, Phenom heatsinks vs Athlon/Intel heatsinks. AMD actually included some pretty decent heatsinks w/ their Phenom's (X4) the Athlons and expecially intel's stock heatsinks suck. The Phenom HSF I'm pretty sure has a 120mm with heatpipes, that's better than most stock hsf.
They're nearly the same, however the 925 will come with a better heatsink.
IMO, the 925 would be the better buy.
Do you plan on overclocking?
What other cards (if any) will you be adding in?
I guess i wont overclock initially, im fairly new to that sort of thing, though i hear its pretty simple. I think i will most likely overclock later on (a year or so).
As far as other cards, other than the graphics card, i may add a tv tuner, but not really anything else.