Originally Posted by Kyronn94
It's absolutely fine for what the OP wants.
The i3 may get you a few more FPS in games, but will not make much of a real world difference, far from 'significantly faster'
Hundreds of people on this very forum have the 955, and are perfectly satisfied with the performance it gives.
If the OP goes with the $400/450 options in xd's list, he can also upgrade to the next gen, bulldozer, something which going with the i3 cannot offer you.
The i3 path has a much more defined upgrade path with current processors already being available.
In highly CPU dependent games like SCII and Witcher the i3 is much faster.
The i3-2100 costs the same as the 955, is significantly faster, consumes less energy and produces less excess heat.
Sure you might be able to overclock the 955 to match the performance of the i3, but then you should factor in the additional cost of the CPU cooler as well as the even greater energy consumption and heat production. Also consider the time it would take to overclock and check stability for the AMD.
Originally Posted by Narwhal_Revenge
calling xd's builds terrible? thats a sin.
He's the guy that recommended a Phenom II for a $1200 build. For $500 that's a terrible build.