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AMD or Intel - Best price for performance

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Hi All

Making a gaming rig for my mate... I dont care if its AMD or Intel... But I dont really know much about Intels offerings...

I was looking at either a AMD Phenom II 555, or 925 sort of price range...

Is there a better intel for the same price? That doesnt require an expensive motherboard?

Cheers...
post #2 of 22
Amd is probably the best price for performance. The only Intel Duo Core that I know that is pretty decent is the Intel E6700. Check that out see if you like it. Good luck with the build my friend.
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Hmm, I don't know why you'd choose the 925. You can get the 955 BE for $120 currently, and at that price there's simply nothing that touches it when it comes to overall performance. The Core i3 2100 is faster in gaming, but in multi-threaded apps the 955 will come out ahead. It also OCs very good, reaching from 4GHz to 4.2GHz. I'd definitely recommend you get that.
    
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Price to performance = no question. AMD.
    
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In NZ the 955 is 180 and the 925 is 160. How much better is the performace to warrant the twenty bucks?
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In NZ the 955 is 180 and the 925 is 160. How much better is the performace to warrant the twenty bucks?
Well, there's the all important question: is the 925 a C3 or C2 revision? If it's the C3, it'll likely hit 4GHz or at the very least 3.8GHz, in which case there's not much point in getting the 955 BE. If it's C2, get the 955. You'll get a higher OC and a more power efficient processor.
    
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Will be using the stock cooler... So I dont know if OCing is really in the picture.
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Will be using the stock cooler... So I dont know if OCing is really in the picture.
Well, that 400MHz difference should be notable. Still, you can get 3.2GHz out of the stock cooler on stock voltage. Would you do that?
    
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I could do... If the board could handle it...
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I could do... If the board could handle it...
Well, of course. Your motherboard was actually made for over-clocking.
    
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