CPU,MOBO decision. HELP!!!
Hi guys i need help. I just don't know what to do, should i buy an MSI 870S-C45 FX for my current athlon II X3 445 and unlock its 4th core and overclock it with the special auto overclock feature on that board or should i just go with a random intel 1155 socket motherboard that's about the same price range as the 870S-C45 FX and get an intel i3 2100? I have a bottleneck because i have a Radeon HD 6850. Note: I know a new CPU and board are more expensive but i'm not sure will the unlocked and OC'ed athlon 445 get rid of the bottleneck, if not then i think that an intel i3 could but i would only take the second option if the athlon II will still bottleneck my system a lot like it does now
wr6133 said:There is no garuantee the athlon will unlock stable bear that in mind. If that happened you would have a nice new mobo but be wanting a new AMD CPU so factor in to your decision if the unlock fails you will likely want to spend $120 on a Phenom II
hah you read my mind about the Phenom II i wanted to get a Phenom II X4 965 BE in case the unlock fails. but is it better than the i3 2100?
as far as i know, in gaming, the i3 wins far better if the it is dual core based and i3 can somehow match x6 in some apps...but if the game uses more than 2 cores or greter, the phenom will definitely win. i agree to wr6133 to save for i5 if you do not plan on upgrading for years
you might wanna check for your reference http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/312913-28-intel-2100-phenom
wr6133 said:Gaming I think it is when overclocked but that question will draw different answers from many people outside of gaming in apps that use the cores the Phenom definitely is better.
Best option I would say is save up and buy an i5 if you cant do that then the attempted unlock/Phenom II
the i5 is too expensive for me. 170$ is the cheapest one i could find but its on the 1156 socket. phenom II 965 BE is 110$ on the other hand