Athlon ii x4 vs Phenom ii x4

Hello, I am going to be building a new system for Christmas, and I need to know, which is better, a athlon 640 or phenom 955, the phenom is around £80, and the athlon is only £55, so with the money I save, I can buy a good cooler and overclock the athlon to around 3.8-4ghz. When overclocked this much, it should be quicker than the phenom at stock. I will use the PC for gaming, Web browsing.

Rest of system specs:

AMD athlon x4/Phenom x4
Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Am3+
8gb's vengeance ram 1600mhz
FSP Bluestorm ii 530w 80plus
Nvidia GTX280

So yeah, which one is better for gaming, bearing in mind, the athlon will be overclocked.
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  1. Here are some comparisons between the 635 (close to the 640) and the Phenom 955.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/122?vs=88&i=2.3.4.5.6.25.26.27.28.29.30.31.32.33.34.35.36.37.38.39.40.41.42.43.44.45.46.47.48.49.50

    From the comparison I would say with the Athlon you should be able to beat the Phenom 955 in gaming when at stock clocks for the Phenom 955.

    Edit: To specify, when overclocked you should be able to beat it.
  2. socialfox said:
    Here are some comparisons between the 635 (close to the 640) and the Phenom 955.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/122?vs=88&i=2.3.4.5.6.25.26.27.28.29.30.31.32.33.34.35.36.37.38.39.40.41.42.43.44.45.46.47.48.49.50

    From the comparison I would say with the Athlon you should be able to beat the Phenom 955 in gaming when at stock clocks for the Phenom 955.

    Edit: To specify, when overclocked you should be able to beat it.


    Ok, I'll get the athlon ii
  3. Best if you don't go right now and buy the Athlon right away, never hurts to have other opinions.
  4. hey just buy buy afx 4170 if u can otherwise the phenom is better
  5. I'd rather not buy a AMD FX chip, biggest let down in AMD's history, in gaming, it's about as good as an i3, not good.

    A overclocked athlon/phenom would OWN it!
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjvKgj3Kb3o

    That is a series of test between the 4170, 4100, and the 955. For the most part the 955 owns both of them. However I would not say all of the FX series are a let down. It was mostly the bulldozer series that let us down but the piledriver were pretty good.

    Take a look at this as well:
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/amd-fx-8120-6100-4100_6.html#sect0
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