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A CPU is one of the most important components of your PC, so don’t skimp on the quality. Depending on what you want your system to achieve, what you choose is crucial. For reliable, but affordable performance, an AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2 Dual-Core processor is a great option. However, if you really want to go big and unlock the full potential of your PC with 3D gaming, Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, and hyper–threading technology, the Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge series is the way to go.

The first bold part, I'm not so sure about. Why would they recommend this when Sandy Bridge Pentiums and i3's are just as good at similar price point with an upgrade path?
The second part... yeah. Sandy bridge hauls ass.

ANYWAY, what does OCN think? Is Newegg correct in this statement?

You can find where exactly they said this here.
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Newegg wants to make money. Most people here understand that there's no performance gain from a 2500k to 2600k for gaming. And of course the 955 or 965 BE are pretty much the best all-around CPUs for ~$120, not sure why anyone would go i3 unless they just need good single/dual-threaded performance.
 
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So they don't seem biased to one company too much, I would think.
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Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post

Newegg wants to make money. Most people here understand that there's no performance gain from a 2500k to 2600k for gaming. And of course the 955 or 965 BE are pretty much the best all-around CPUs for ~$120, not sure why anyone would go i3 unless they just need good single/dual-threaded performance.

An i3 will give you a better upgrade path down the road. End game for a 955/965 is 1100T or BD (maybe piledriver) with a 990 mobo. With the i3 you can go up to a 2500k or possibly IB. Plus most games don't need 4+ cores/threads.
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Originally Posted by Shion314 View Post

An i3 will give you a better upgrade path down the road. End game for a 955/965 is 1100T or BD (maybe piledriver) with a 990 mobo. With the i3 you can go up to a 2500k or possibly IB. Plus most games don't need 4+ cores/threads.

People buying a low-end processor like that are unlikely to upgrade to something like a 2600k because, a) they're shopping from a low-end, likely cheap solution; the 26700k doesn't fit the mold, and b) few years down the road, when it's time to upgrade, due to supply and demand, a 2600k will likely be unavailable, or prohibitively or unreasonably expensive.
Imagine having a low-end LGA775 board right now, and a low-end C2D processor in it. Sure, you could get something like a 9550 to greatly improve your performance, byt a quick check online has those processors listed for over $300. And for that price you could get a whole 955/965 system.
It's a budget game, and people tend to stick to theirs.
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I was extremely proud of my 555. Ran BFBC2 like a champ and I even pushed it up to 4.1GHz... on the stock cooler tongue.gif. All for, what, $90? I think Newegg is spot-on.

Also, when you're talking about budget builds, you have to keep in mind how much cheaper in general the AMD platform is.
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