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Athlon II X3 460 vs. Phenom II X4 955 BE gaming help!

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October 9, 2012 7:39:56 AM

I'm planning on building a desktop in the next week, but I'm having a hard time deciding on which processor to get.

The motherboard I plan on getting is this one: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I'm trying to choose between an AMD Athlon X3 460 Triple-Core @ 3.4GHz and an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad-Core @ 3.2GHz.

NOW, I know the X4 955 is a faster CPU overall, but in terms of gaming performance, will I notice a significant drop in performance if I choose the X3 460, or...?

The Athlon II X3 460 is $103 after taxes, and the Phenom II X4 955 BE is $114 after taxes. It it worth the extra $11 to buy the 955 BE?
October 9, 2012 7:48:15 AM

you wont notice the difference in real world terms, but i would go for the 955 be, defo worth the extra 11. you can unlock the ii x3 to a 4core
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October 9, 2012 8:05:51 AM

darren0000 said:
you wont notice the difference in real world terms, but i would go for the 955 be, defo worth the extra 11. you can unlock the ii x3 to a 4core


What do you mean by "real world performance" exactly? I mean, I know I won't see a difference when it comes to internet and basic stuff, but for gaming, will 3 cores at 3.4GHz perform faster than 4 cores at 3.2GHz? (I don't plan on overclocking)
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October 9, 2012 8:25:39 AM

Take the Phenom II games are increasingly using quad cores, also the athlon will have no L3 cache. Also change "don't plan on overclocking" to "Plan on overclocking" even on stock cooler that 955 is likely to safely get to or near the speed of a 980 (3.7GHz) as its the same CPU just clocked lower.

Also that motherboard is a bit overkill for most can I suggest if you need the features of a 990 chipset this board

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

or if you dont need the features offered by the 990 chipset this board

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Money saved on the board can go to the Graphics Card which is what matters for gaming.
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October 9, 2012 8:31:07 AM

firinmylazerman said:
What do you mean by "real world performance" exactly? I mean, I know I won't see a difference when it comes to internet and basic stuff, but for gaming, will 3 cores at 3.4GHz perform faster than 4 cores at 3.2GHz? (I don't plan on overclocking)


what i mean in real world terms is that in reality u wont notice, but benchmarking you will.
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October 9, 2012 8:34:09 AM

firinmylazerman said:
What do you mean by "real world performance" exactly? I mean, I know I won't see a difference when it comes to internet and basic stuff, but for gaming, will 3 cores at 3.4GHz perform faster than 4 cores at 3.2GHz? (I don't plan on overclocking)


unlock the 3 core to a 4 core, i personally dont think youl notice the diffrence providing you have a decent graphics card. i think it maybe depends on the games your playing to, if its more cpu intense then youl maybe get a few fps more, but if its gpu intense then i see no difference and also unlock the 4th core on the x3
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October 9, 2012 8:53:47 AM

go for the black edition x4, they are nice. going forward thatl be better.
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