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Athlon II X4 640 Propus vs. Trinity 5400K dual core?

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I'm stuck between chosing these two, as they are both close in price, but have their pros and cons. I want the Trinity because it's the newest CPU type, and its a little more future proof, and it's low wattage, but it's ony a dual core. And the X4 is Quad core, but only an AM3 socket. I'll primarily be using this computer for normal uses, and mid to mid high levels of gaming. Nothing crazy like Crysis or BF3 though. I will probably be going with a Radeon 6 or 7000 series GPU, and 8gb of 1600 RAM. Thanks for any help!
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I take it you haven't decided on a new mobo either? Two different socket types. If you are going to be adding a discrete gpu, no real reason to limit yourself to a dual core at this point, though either isn't a bad choice for your needs.

Both the AM3+ AND FM2 platforms will give you plenty of future upgrade options anyways
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If your getting any gpu above the 6670 then go in for the Athlon II x4 640. Get an AM3+ mobo and get the Athlon chip. It has two more cores which will not only help you in gaming but also an overall performance boost. Why go in for two cores for the same price as four unless you will be needing the igp of the trinity chip for which you cannot use any gpu beyond a 6670.
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Actually, I have decided on a motherboard for each, but the AM3 socket is backwards compatible with the FM2?

EDIT: The Motherboard for the FM2 is this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157331&name=AMD-Motherboards

And the AM3 is this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138329&name=AMD-Motherboards
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AM3 is not backward compatible with FM2.
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Actually, I have decided on a motherboard for each, but the AM3 socket is backwards compatible with the FM2?

Unofrtunately no. FM1/FM2/AM3 are not compatible at all. All completely different platforms.

AM3+ for the most part is backwards compatible on AM3 board however.

While on the other hand FM2 is not compatible with FM1 boards
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If your getting any gpu above the 6670 then go in for the Athlon II x4 640. Get an AM3+ mobo and get the Athlon chip. It has two more cores which will not only help you in gaming but also an overall performance boost. Why go in for two cores for the same price as four unless you will be needing the igp of the trinity chip for which you cannot use any gpu beyond a 6670.

A comparable trinity CPU would be the 5600k or 5800k. Both of which greatly outperform the Athlon
x4 series and they overclock much better.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/676?vs=122

They also greatly outperform that series if you turn off the IGPU and push a discrete card. I have been running a 7870 in my second rig since launch.
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A comparable trinity CPU would be the 5600k or 5800k. Both of which greatly outperform the Athlon
x4 series and they overclock much better.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/676?vs=122
They also greatly outperform that series if you turn off the IGPU and push a discrete card. I have been running a 7870 in my second rig since launch.
Definitely but the OP was considering the dual core trinity and not the A10-5800K or any quad core trinity chip. The Athlon II x4 would be better than the dual core trinity chip and even if the A10-5800K outperforms the Athlon II x4 it's still more expensive and not worth it if your going in for anything above a 6670. I understand that the price of the A10-5800K would be more because of the IGP but whats the use of paying that extra money if one doesn't use the IGP.. I'm sure my Athlon II x2 250 could face off against the Trinity dual core chips and if you have any benches with two cores I will be more than happy to put up my benches with the Athlon II x2. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Electroneng View Post

A comparable trinity CPU would be the 5600k or 5800k. Both of which greatly outperform the Athlon
x4 series and they overclock much better.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/676?vs=122
They also greatly outperform that series if you turn off the IGPU and push a discrete card. I have been running a 7870 in my second rig since launch.

This is exactly what I was going to say. A quad core Athlon II is better matched bu the dual module (quat core) trinity chips like the 5600k or 5800k. They should be better in pretty much every situation than the athlon.

Good luck man smile.gif.
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