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October 25, 2011 1:12:56 AM

hi everyone
for my new budget gaming machine, which would be better for performance, a core i5 2.8GHz, or a phenom 2 quad core 3.7 GHz? which would have better performance in the long run?

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October 25, 2011 1:19:58 AM

In the long run the Core i5 will be better for gaming especially if it is a 2nd generation Sandy Bridge CPU like the i5-2400 or i5-2500.

A lowly dual core Core i3-2100 (the slowest Core i3 there is) can beat or equal a quad core Phenom II X4 980 BE in all the various game benchmarks comparison I have seen; About 7 or 8 games. The only game the Core i3-2100 lost to the Phenom II X4 980 BE was Mafia II. I forgot what video card was used, but the Core i3-2100 got 89.0 frames per second vs. 89.9 frames per second for the Phenom II X4 980 BE.
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October 25, 2011 5:47:39 AM

go with a phenom 2 x4 955, im running one and its going very well :D 
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October 26, 2011 12:19:47 AM

so the core i series is better then phenom, but phenom still runs over 60 fps. how would the core i series stand against the AMD FX lineup?
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October 26, 2011 12:35:43 AM

There are different ways of looking at performance between sandybridge and bulldozer, core to core sandybridge beats the FX series. While in multithreaded the FX-8150 and the core i5 2500k exchange blows.

Internet Cable please try to provide some backing with your claims rather then just stating preferences.

Such to buy a phenom would be pointless and this stage with the FX series being released and sandybridge being affordable. Look between the two and find something in your price range.

Go with socket 1155 or AM3+
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October 26, 2011 1:06:39 AM

OK, here's the thing. i am defiantly going with am3+. which would be better for my money? i can get a phenom quad core 3.4 GHz for $119, or the fx-4100for $129 (3.6 GHZ, quad core). could the fx be better for the extra $10? or would the fx-6100 be better in the long run ($179)?
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October 26, 2011 1:18:09 AM

My best advice, is too look at benchmarks, since I haven't looked at them all yet. Go look at the reviews done by tom's or many other great sites, and you the answer will be in the numbers.
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October 26, 2011 10:43:14 PM

Best answer selected by TheinsanegamerN.
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