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Budget Gaming : Core I3 2100 or Phenom II X4 955

Poll Results: Better option for Budget Gaming

 
  • 62% (5)
    Core I3 2100
  • 37% (3)
    Phenom II X4 955
8 Total Votes  
post #1 of 3
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A lot of people always go with the 955 but is it really the better option when the 2100 spanks the X4 in gaming?
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Check this thread out:

http://www.overclock.net/general-pro...z-updated.html
 
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post #3 of 3
I think SB's new architecture has a lot to do with it as well. I would honestly pick the i3 over the 955 unless you want to go with bulldozer in the future which an AM3+ board can be had for 100.00 for the 970 chipset. The best in-between would be the 2400 however an extra 20 bucks can net you a 2500K.

Guess it would come down to cost and your upgrade/personal preference.
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