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August 9, 2012 4:14:08 AM

Hello...i am upgrading my old pentium d 925 pc to a better gaming pc and i need help in choosing the best among these processors

Intel Pentium G620

Intel Core i3 2120

Intel core i3 2100

Intel core i3 - 540

Amd Phenom II X4 960T

Amd FX - 4100


i also want to know which ram is better 2 x 4gb ( 1333mhz ) or 1x 4gb ( 1600mhz )

i will also be using the pc for adobe photoshop and for 1080p movie


Thank you

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August 9, 2012 7:27:23 AM

The i3 2120 is best as it has hypethreading. It also beats the Phenom. 2×4 gb is much better as it's dual channel,more even if you'll be running Photoshop or worse still Aftereffects.
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August 9, 2012 12:12:45 PM

for info the I3 540 also suports hyperthreading, but it has a lower clock speed and s based on an older design.
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August 9, 2012 12:43:26 PM

First Choice

Phenom II 960T

+ It will beat anything in that list in tasks that utilise its cores

+ Overclocked (and a headless chimp can OC one of these) it levels or beats the others gaming

+ It MAY unlock to an x6 with the right motherboard

+ Possible PD upgrade

- Older design

- To OC much past 3.4 your going to need to buy a £20 cooler

- Can be hard to find/expensive nowdays

Second Choice

i3 21xx

+ Decent performance off the bat

+ 1155 socket leaves possibility for i5 or i7 in future

- Dual core in the year 2012

- Cant be overclocked

I wouldnt bother with any of the others on the list

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August 9, 2012 1:24:53 PM

2120 is best bang for the buck i3. Go with that.
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