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Phenom x3 or i3 530 or i3 2110

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February 21, 2013 11:20:25 AM

Can someone please tell me which is better for games?

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February 21, 2013 11:36:02 AM

I3 is better
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February 21, 2013 11:36:39 AM

Consider i3 3220 to buy
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February 21, 2013 12:01:22 PM

The i3 3220/2110 is the best choice
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February 21, 2013 12:06:26 PM

IMHO, i3-530 < Phenom II X3 <= i3-2110 < i3-3220. Remove the "=" if the Phenom II is not unlocked and/or you don't overclock it.
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February 21, 2013 1:03:29 PM

None of those in my opinion. At this day and age I wouldn't consider any dual-core CPUs. Just today I found two links posted on the Steamroller speculation thread.

http://www.pcgameshardware.de/Crysis-3-PC-235317/Tests/...
http://gamegpu.ru/action-/-fps-/-tps/crysis-3-test-gpu/...

My recommendation for a lower budget build is FX-6300. Same price bracket as i3. Consider the direction where game developers have been going and probably will be going in the future (better multithreading) and that sony confirmed an 8-core CPU for PS4. Like I said, I wouldn't bother with a dual-core or a triple.
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February 21, 2013 1:56:24 PM

I'd agree that if the option is present (e.g. if the budget allows), a quad-core is a stronger choice, but of the three presented (plus the Ivy Bridge i3), the later i3's are better. They are hyperthreaded, which can help.
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February 21, 2013 4:03:50 PM

Out of those choices I agree that i3 is best. But if you're buying the CPU as new and paying a retail price I'd say there's no point even considering the i3 over FX-6300 as far as performance goes. Power consumption for a HTPC type of small enclosure is another matter but for atleast midsized desktop case with decent ventilation 6300 is the best option at the price range.
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