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i have to fit a budget so please dont tell me about getting a BE or something im aware that this small increase in cost will greatly benefit the build but this is my choice

i am able to get a good deal on these 2 brand new and i wana know what one will be better for future games like skyrim or diablo

i know most games run 2 cores but games are starting to make better use of multiple cores so i assumed naturally that the quad core might be better later
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Safe bet is the X4,although the lower clocks won't perform as well in some games.The extra cores will make a difference,so if the X2 unlocks that would naturally be better.Another option is a high clocked X3 Athlon(basically the same chip as the 840 Phenom II X4).You have 3 guaranteed cores,possibly a 4th.
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im not too familiar with core unlocking but i understand that not ALL chips can have 3 or 4 cores

and some have 3 because the 4th doesnt work

isnt it just safer to get the quad?

and can u overclock that cpu to something 3ghz plus at all with the stock cooling?
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im not too familiar with core unlocking but i understand that not ALL chips can have 3 or 4 cores

and some have 3 because the 4th doesnt work

isnt it just safer to get the quad?

and can u overclock that cpu to something 3ghz plus at all with the stock cooling?
It depends on what type of stock cooler you get with the cpu. Like heat pipe ones or not.
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Is the Phenom II X4 2.8ghz the 820 with 4mb L3 cache? That is a C2 stepping and will overclock ~3.6 with proper cooling and a decent motherboard. That is a far superior choice to the X2 555, which is newer stepping C3 and will overclock higher ~4 on decent voltage, but only has 2 cores. Some unlock but not all (I had one that didn't) and IMO its not worth the gamble when you can get a quad core phenom ii for the same price.

Some OEM chips from tigerdirect you could also consider in that price range:
Phenom II X4 945 3ghz OEM for $100
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0&Sku=A79-1946

Phenom II X4 810 2.6ghz OEM for $90
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7&Sku=A79-1810

Phenom II X3 700e 2.4ghz OEM for $70
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...8&Sku=A79-0700

The last one is stock 65w with the full 6mb L3 cache, which is nice and cool. Crank up the voltage and it'll overclock, though you'll be quite dependent on a good motherboard for a high bus speed. Also some of those will unlock the 4th core. Note all of these need an aftermarket CPU cooler, but you should budget for one anyhow.
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