I have done my own research but the AMD prices have fluctuated so much I thought it would be best to get a second opinion.
I am looking for a CPU to put an a HD 6850, the GPU will cost £100. I had previously settled on a i5 2400 but I didn't feel comfortable spending 50% more on the CPU then I was a GPU. I'm looking to spend around £100 on a CPU to go with the aforementioned GPU. I have been considering the following options:
1) Getting an Athlon II X3 455 3.3GHz and try to unlock the 4th core - £62
2) AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz - £80
3) AMD 960T BE 3.0GHz - £93
4) Newly found* i5 2320 - £130
I'm not limiting myself to those, but they are the best I could find so far. The cheapest Phenom II BE I could find was a 975 3.6GHz at £122. This would be for playing Arma 2 at 1680x1050.
The Athlon II X3 looks the most attractive, what are the ods of unlocking the 4th core?
If you can, stretch your budget to a 970BE, i've not touched the clock on it and im guessing your going to game correct?
If so, im smashing in BF3 all the best settings and theres not a touch of lag or anything as such.
When overclocked it reaches 4.1GHz which is a %20 increase on performance
if you are a budget gamer then buy an amd phenom ii x4 965be that will give you more performance for a better price and i know that the 960t can unlock into two more extra cores but the mordern games doesnt requires six cores all the time and even the 965be is far lot better then the six core phenom ii x6 1055t in gaming.
Thanks for the tip. I did have a look around at all the trusted UK websites I could find for buying hardware but the only Phenom II I could find was a x4 975 at £122. I figured for that price I might aswell pay £8 for a an i5
why are you paying more money on that cpu just buy an 965be it will be good and its cheaper and almost same in the performance truely the phenom ii x4 965be is faster in the games then the 1090t six core processor as u can see the bench.