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AMD A8 5500 or AMD Phenom II x6 1055t

I just recently bought a new ASUS desktop with a amd vision a8-5500 processor in it and tiger direct has a 6core phenom on sale right now for 89USD. http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/category/deal-of-the-day.asp?cm_re=Homepage-_-Spot%2002a-_-n.... my rig currently has 8 GB of ddr3 and a EVGA 660 SC edition graphics card (2 gigs of DDR5) Which is the better processor for gameing?
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  1. Phenom x6 is very very faster than a8 in cpu performance.
  2. Will the A-8 5500 even push my nvidia 660 SC?
  3. It would be fine.might bottleneck in cpu intensive games
  4. It will yes, on pure CPU performance the X6 is considerably faster but the A8 will give you compious enough performance. Although I would have taken the x6
  5. You are going to need a hammer.

    Thuban X6 = socket AM3

    Trinity A8-5500 APU = socket FM2
  6. Thanks guys, for clearing everything up. i will just stick with my A-8 since it will be plenty and the x6 wont even fit in my motherboard lol.
  7. Nvidia GPU's are by their nature less dependent on the CPU than AMD/Radeon cards, but in either case the A8 should be more than enough to handle any single graphics card you could buy right now. The A-series processors and the FM sockets are actually intended to be APU's (CPU+GPU on one die), so it's unlikely that you're going to ever be able to upgrade to the fastest pure CPU that AMD has out at the moment. Like I said, not an issue for what you are doing right now, but something just to keep in mind before starting to modify all around the current motherboard as a platform.
  8. get the x6 for like 90, and a asus m5a78l motherboard for $60, the slower clocked x6 will def beat the a8, if anything go A10 5800k or a athlon ii x4 750k on fm2 socket, if the board takes the 100watt cpus
  9. Thanks all, again.
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    lazyboy947 said:
    get the x6 for like 90, and a asus m5a78l motherboard for $60, the slower clocked x6 will def beat the a8, if anything go A10 5800k or a athlon ii x4 750k on fm2 socket, if the board takes the 100watt cpus


    This is a horrible idea.

    You are suggesting he takes a brand-new Asus desktop and replaces the entire motherboard... with a board that is entry-level at best and only uses SATA II and USB 2.0? He'd be downgrading on nearly every level while spending around $165 at minimum. And the CPU performance between the two isn't even that huge:

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+A8-5500+APU

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Phenom+II+X6+1055T&id=390

    Just the lost speed in the hard drive connections going backward to SATA II on the M5A78 board would be more noticeable than anything gained.

    If he goes to a A10-5800k, it looks great on paper, until you realize most of the gains are from the 7660D integrated graphics instead of the 5500's 7560D graphics. The processors are still both quad-core, still both have the same amount of L3 cache and use the same architecture. The clock speed is 500mhz higher on the A10, but is that really worth all the cost and trouble?
  11. Best answer selected by AMDguy88.
  12. Im using diffrent graphics anyways. Nvidia (evga) 660 Sc with 2gb of DDR5. i just seen the Phenom 2 on sale for 89$ and thoght (not knowing alot about cpu's or apu's) hey, thats a 6 core and its porbaly better than my 4 core and wondered if i could upgrade, but from what i have learnt here the A8 is fine and will work good for any game out there with the nvidia card. Thanks.
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