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December 18, 2011 5:39:12 PM

hello all i was wondering which of these processors i should get (AMD Athlon II X3 460, Athlon II X4 640, Phenom II X4 830) for gaming, using blender and udk but mostly gaming. i dont need to run them at ultra high settings though would be nice ;)  mid range is fine. thing is i have to upgrade mobo and ram aswell but i do have that figured out already. so budget is tight between 150-200$. any advice is much appreciated.

my current specs are

athlon 64 x2 5400+
2gb ram @800 i believe
ati 5770 1gb gfx
mobo mcp6p m2+
win7 32

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December 18, 2011 7:22:25 PM

The X4 830 would be the fastest because of the L3 cache.
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December 18, 2011 7:58:10 PM

Yeah but is it a big increase in speed or would it be minor, oh and would the x3 be better than the x4 640 or does that extra core make it that much faster, thanx.
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December 18, 2011 8:41:34 PM

Actually I meant between it and the other two cards I mentioned:) . So the 3.0gz 640 is not as good as the 2.8gz 830 because of the L3 cache, is that right? So I shouldnt even think about the triple core at all?
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December 18, 2011 9:11:05 PM

Yep the L3 cache looks to be giving the performance of 0.2-0.3 GHz in speed bump without it. The 460 would be faster in some applications but any time the 4th core steps in it will loose.
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December 18, 2011 9:43:20 PM

Ah ok, one more ? then should I just dish out the extra 20 and get the phenom ii x4 945.
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December 18, 2011 9:47:25 PM

It would be the clear winner!
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December 18, 2011 9:55:29 PM

Ok thank you for all your help I now know what im gonna do, thank you again.
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December 18, 2011 9:56:46 PM

Best answer selected by war2die4.
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