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I can not decide which processor I want to get for my budget gaming computer. I am trying to keep it sub-500 dollars, so this processor is a make or break kind of thing. I get the 955, I go just above $500, but I go with the 555, I get around $30 below my cap.

I plan on doing a lot of gaming and recording with FRAPS on this computer. Also, some video editing every so often, but not heavy duty. 5750 will be my gfx card, along with 4gb of 1333 RAM. Remember, this will all be upgraded in the future, I just need something to use for now, being I have no computer what-so-ever.

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post #2 of 9
Definitely go with the X4 mate
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post #3 of 9
x4 without a doubt, then overclock that sucker until it bleeds!
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post #4 of 9
X2 will probably unlock to an X4, but if you want to be safe, go for the 955!
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post #5 of 9
ofc get an x4 over an x2.

I used to have an x2 560 i then upgraded to the x4 955 and you tell the difference immediately.
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post #6 of 9
Check my sig rig

It unlocks to all 4 and I used it for awhile, but plays games pretty much the same with it at stock clock and no unlock. So I even leave it at X2 these days.

My monitor is a little LCD that I only use at 1024x1280 so it runs anything at max. Even Crysis 2 and DragonAge 2 run at ALMOST max, I usually turn off V-Sync, and maybe go down one from max on shaders to get a solid framerate with no stutter. Dead Space 2 is maxed out. Rift is maxed out. Bulletstorm, Fallout, Portal 2, all maxed out. I need a better videocard to get 60 fps on all these games at 1080p for sure (so do you, lol), but the CPU is fine, even with inefficient cooling, it never locks up or hits a wall.

If you're going budget, I say go with X2 for now, then you can always get a cooler later and unlock it to X3 or X4 and overclock

Put all the money you can on a video card and get the best you can afford if it's a gaming rig. That will make all the difference
Edited by DizturbedOne - 6/10/11 at 5:04am
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post #7 of 9
I'd suggest getting the 555, great chip, I'm very happy with mine. There's a good chance you'll be able to unlock it, and that means you'd get the 955 for free. Even if you can't unlock, lots of games only use 2 cores anyway.
Sometimes I think about replacing mine. But then I remember I'd have to spend at least $200 just to get something better than an unlocked 555. So I won't be upgrading this cpu until BD comes out.

Also, I'd suggest something better than a 5750 if you want a good gaming experience. That's not a bad card, but it's not a great one either. So, save some money on the cpu, and get a better gpu instead. At least a 5770/6770 or 6790 would be noticeably better than a 5750 for only a few extra bucks.
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post #8 of 9
Go with the X4 the 555's are running on thin ice...more and more games calling for a quad over a dual, but as wedge said, its a great little chip for like $90, stats say that u should get atleast 1 core unlocked, if you want to take the chance you can cause even if you don't get the cores to unlock you can still hit 4ghz+ with decent cooling, and then used the money u save to get a better grfx card.

If you wanna save money go with the 555 and then see how bulldozer performs and do a major upgrade then, thats what i'm gonna do.
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X4 definitely. Will easily out perform the X2, especially for gaming (where we are now really starting to see them more and more in the recommended settings for games. Plus, it reduces any potential bottlenecks which could occur.

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