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January 28, 2012 1:22:07 AM

So microcenter has this bundle deal with a amd processor and different mobo's that I cant really pass up right now with such a tight budget.

The two choices I'm looking at are the Phenom II x4 960 black edition or the Phenom II x6 1045t Black edition the difference being ~$20

This I plan to use this with the gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Socket AM3+ 760G mATX that comes free in the bundle as well as 2x 4GB kingston hyper x 1600 to deal with it only having 2 ram slots

note: if I go with the quad I could afford to up the mobo to a msi 880G-E45 Socket AM3 880G ATX AMD

Just looking for opinions, I understand they aren't "top" or intel but I'm a poor college student.

(cm storm scout case so not worried about size)

Thanks all

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January 28, 2012 1:26:07 AM

You should do the i3-2100 microcenter deal.
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January 28, 2012 1:29:06 AM

Does it come with a free mobo because thats what is so appealing as I'm dealing with a stock MCP61PM-HM (Nettle2) that I took from a hp a6200n. I'm new to this.
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January 28, 2012 1:30:36 AM

It comes with 50 dollars off of a mobo. Go and look at their ads lol.
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January 28, 2012 1:31:41 AM

I'd get the 960t. the 1045t doesn't offer much more in terms of performance and is clocked lower so some applications won't run as fast. Very few things can use all 6 cores.

as for the i3, get it if its cheaper than the 960t as they are about equal when it comes to performance.
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January 28, 2012 1:48:53 AM

One last question, I have heard that when it comes to cpu architecture that in the end dual core is more efficient for gaming over quad and since I don't plan on running multiple apps besides a single game (likely an mmo) the i3 would be better?

note: did find the offer thank you amuffin
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January 28, 2012 2:24:43 AM

The i3 will be better in games but games are moving toward more cores so unless you want to upgrade, the i3 might not actually enjoy a performance increase over a quad core in the future.

if you mean wow by mmo then the i3 would be better.
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January 28, 2012 2:30:50 AM

By mmo I mean swtor and its poorly designed engine...sadly
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January 28, 2012 2:59:56 AM

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January 28, 2012 9:11:25 AM

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