Okay so I'm building my first computer (for gaming), and I need to keep it $750 or lower. I've been deciding between these two processors, and even though it's only a $10 difference, I'd like to here someone else's opinion besides my fanboy anti-intel friend.
Basically, I've narrowed my search between the standard AMD Phenom II X2 555 dual core, and the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition. Here's the two cards on tiger direct:
The 555 is $10 more, but from my friend's opinion is harder to overclock, whereas with the 550 I can overclock it to run better and save $10.
Now, a 3rd processor comes into play IF it's worth the extra money. I was looking at the Intel i3-2100, but it costs a little more. My friend preaches daily that intel is a workstation only processor, and both of those AMDs will smoke it when running games. However, from what I've read on this forum that's not always the case. If the i3 will run games better, and is worth the cash, or you know of a cheaper/better equivalent, please let me know.
Here's the i3 on tiger direct: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Thanks in advance for any help, I'd really appreciate it.
Now, I don't exactly know the significance of all the tests done on that link, but I noticed many of them where a lower score is better, the 955BE beats out the i3. However when running games, the i3 won every time. That's where I was questioning whether it was worth the cost. Then I put it up against the 555BE and the i3 just killed it. I'm now leaning towards the i3 much more than before, thanks so much everyone for the help. However if cost becomes an issue, I'll probably go with the 555. But as for now, I'm trying to work my other costs around the i3