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post #11 of 108
The Phenom II X4 CPU would be wanted because it would be better to run games that are more CPU intensive as opposed to GPU intensive. The Phenom II X4 is a very good CPU too, so it should run just about anything you want, but you might have/want to save up a little for a new graphics card too
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The Phenom II X4 CPU would be wanted because it would be better to run games that are more CPU intensive as opposed to GPU intensive.
Never knew that games are divided as CPU intensive & GPU intensive.. can you help me understand that better ? .. i mean.. what exactly decides that.. is it a particular genre of games.. or...

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The Phenom II X4 is a very good CPU too, so it should run just about anything you want, but you might have/want to save up a little for a new graphics card too
That's the million dollar question for me.. which is the best VFM phenom 2 x4 model ?

Also, will there be "noticeable" difference in the performance of a athlon ii x4 & a phenom ii x4 .. (a few nanoseconds of delay here & there.. i really dont mind..)
post #13 of 108
To tell the truth, I really don't understand why some are more cpu vs gpu intensive, I just know that some are (sorry, I know it's not really helpful ). But as far as the Phenom II X4 model, I see a lot here on OCN with 955 and 965. And a lot of people are saying that the 970 is just an overclocked model, so one of those other two are probably your best bet.

**Edit** From what I read it is more than just certain games too. Like running in high res is cpu intensive whereas AA is gpu intesive.
Edited by yaywafflez - 7/25/11 at 8:53am
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hmm.. something a little more easy on the budget ? also, do u recommend any particular mobo that goes well with these AM2 CPU's ? (something from Asus/MSI/Gigabyte)
post #15 of 108
You could propably also look into i3 2100 + cheapest H61 board you can find. That's the setup I've been using when building low budget gaming systems for friends and relatives and gives better gaming performance than 955 without overclock. In finland those cost around 210-230 USD (converted from euros) obviously the prices are going to be different where you live.
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^^ Also a solid idea if you don't mind switching manufacturers. I hear good things about the i3
Here's a low budget AM3 at $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128469
and the reviews are pretty solid.
Edited by yaywafflez - 7/23/11 at 2:50pm
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Somehow, I no longer feel @ home with Intel processors after dumping my 333Mhz way back in '97 !

And I was asking for a AM2 socket CPU !! so that.. we can narrow down on the mobo later...
post #18 of 108
You could also buy an APU from AMD. It should be do-able for 200-250$ dollars and this way you get a great processor and a much better gpu tham onboard am3.
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Tried looking the AMD APU website but somehow dont seem to understand what exactly it is.! Can you help me understand ? Is it just a processor or something like a processor + mobo combination ?
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I got a mobo here free form a cpu buy. amd 4 core was $100+ free mobo an ram was $100 for 8 gb @ the time.
Now that you would see a good jump. the mobo cost ~ $60 o that right up your ally.
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