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The link shows the 965 beating the 2600K. Something is wrong here (or beta being bad).
Definitely, whenever something doesn't go the way that you want it to there is definitely something wrong.

In my opinion it shows that the game is in fact actually limited by the GPU, as the two processors got damn near the same FPS for the same GPU, hence, the processor wasn't the limiting factor. A major upset for all of those who spend all of that money on an i7-2600k for a gaming machine, but still.
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You blatantly criticize people for blindly following the advice of XD, yet you do the same with another mod?

Here's you'll see a stock 975 BE (running at 3.6GHz, a frequency which the 955 will easily hit); notice it outperforming the i3-2100:
The other mod seems to know what he's talking about.

L4D is an outdated benchmarks as evidenced by the FPS being well over 200 for all of the CPUs on that graph.

Here's the i3-2100's performance in a DA:O, a highly CPU dependent game:

Notice it's slightly faster than the 1100T, 3.7ghz with turbo.
    
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You just brought misinformation, great.
Would you care to show me where? We can go back & forth all day throwing up benchmarks from different sites showing a 3.6-4GHz Phenom ahead of the i3, or an i3 ahead of the Phenom; my point was to show that making such a concrete statement as those put forth by yourself is patently false, misleading, and pure fanboism.
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All participants: This is your first and last warning. If you are going to partake in such discussion in the thread, ensure it is discussion that is on-topic and helpful to the OP.
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All participants: This is your first and last warning. If you are going to partake in such discussion in the thread, ensure it is discussion that is on-topic and helpful to the OP.
Let's focus on how the i3 route would be faster, cost about the same, consumes less energy, produces less heat, and would save a lot of time and effort compared to getting the Phenom and overclocking it.

OP might appreciate that tidbit, just sayin'.
    
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To OP: The i3-2100 is a great CPU. AS is the AMD Phenom II x4 965. Also, as I mentioned in my first post, if the guy doesn't know much about computers, he probably won't want to overclock. Therefore the the lack of overclocking on the i3 isn't a big deal. Go for whichever one you can get the good MOBO+CPU for the cheapest at that point in time. Either will be fine.
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Let's focus on how the i3 route would be faster, cost about the same, consumes less energy, produces less heat, and would save a lot of time and effort compared to getting the Phenom and overclocking it.
I can't argue with any of that.
post #29 of 45
OP, Either choice is fine for this price range. All the benchmarks showing the i3 getting ahead of the phenom is above 60 fps which is only about 5% more performance. Try to invest in the best gfx card you can afford like the 6870, as suggested by xd
    
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All the benchmarks showing the i3 getting ahead of the phenom is above 60 fps which is only about 5% more performance
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...-2100-review/6

Crysis: 1,680 x 1,050, no AA, no AF, DX10, 64-bit, High settings

i3-2100: 30/55
Phenom II X4 980 BE: 19/45
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