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I5 2400 or AMD x4 745/ 755 BE

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July 8, 2011 7:57:50 PM

Hello everybody, I am hoping you can give some advice.

I am building a budget rig (about $700 total) and just about finalized it. I've bought a HDD and am holding off buying the other parts. However looking at this week's newspaper ads I noticed that the i5 2400 is on sale for only $149 at a local electronics store. It will definitely add at least $30-40 not including the motherboard and insurance (since I won't be building for a few weeks), but I was wondering if it would be worth the cost. Keep in mind money is very tight, I'd like to keep it no higher than $650 absolute tops (not including the HDD, as mentioned).

Here's the rest of the build (minus CPU).

Thank you very much.

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a c 161 à CPUs
July 9, 2011 4:33:55 AM

Hi and welcome to Tom's forum.

What is the purpose of the rig?
a b à CPUs
July 9, 2011 7:54:36 AM

the i5-2400 is a VERY capable cpu, defeating all X4/X6 rigs in 99% of most useage scenarios, save for *perhaps* a few heavy multitasking scenarios where perhaps the two extra cores of the X6 might shine somewhat....

My opinion: get the i5-2400, and don't look back!
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a b à CPUs
July 9, 2011 1:37:39 PM

In pure performance terms, the i5-2400 is streets ahead and will last you a long time. I think it's worth the extra spend.
July 10, 2011 4:09:12 PM

Sorry for the late reply; had a very busy day yesterday. Thanks for the replies so far.

The purpose is mainly a gaming computer. Maybe running programs like Fraps or a music player alongside it, but nothing much more intense than that as far as I can see in the immediate future.
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July 11, 2011 3:34:37 AM

The i5-2400 is better that any of those AMD CPUs, so, if you don't want overclock the CPU the i5-2400 is the way to go. If you want overclock your CPU in future, move on to the i5-2500k or Phenom II X4 or X6 BE that comes with unclock multiplier are the best option.

Can I suggest your change the RAM for this one?
a b à CPUs
July 11, 2011 4:16:07 AM

i5 2400 FAR better
a b à CPUs
July 11, 2011 4:46:18 AM

The 2400 at stock clockspeeds defeats the X4/X6 rigs at gaming framerates even if/when the latter are overclocked to 4 Ghz anyway, so I'd not necessarily be easily swayed into choosing an X4 for it's alleged ability to be OC'd ...
July 11, 2011 4:44:19 PM

Ok it looks like the i5 is worth the extra money. As far as overclocking goes that was a "if it's cheap" sort of deal (which is why I'm not looking at the 2500k).

I have more questions, but I'll take them to their respective forums. Thank you everyone.
August 28, 2011 4:40:40 AM

i5 2400 would be my choice for you my friend... i have one, and i was able to turbo mode / OC, it to 3.99GHZ for single threaded apps = 1 core, for 2-3 cores = 3.7-3.8GHZ, and four active cores @ 3.6-3.7GHZ..... i've done this w/o tweaking any voltages, with the help of the MSI board that i got....

and the power consumption is exceptional, i5 is only 95w and the x4 is 125-128w....
a c 161 à CPUs
August 28, 2011 9:24:43 PM

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