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Hello all, I'm currently in the midst of researching a rig to build for a coworker and would like to hear your suggestions on which CPU to choose.

This PC will only be used for general home use, internet browsing, word processing and such. No gaming or sound/video/graphics editing.

This is definitely a budget build so price/performance ratio is important, hence why I'm choosing AMD

I am currently looking at a Phenom II X2 555
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103846

I figured that a fast dual core with a decent cache will offer more benefit than a slower quad core and less cache, for instance an Athlon II X4 which also has a higher price. Am I right in thinking this?

All suggestions are welcome!

EDIT: This rig will also be using 4GB of RAM and running Windows 7.
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If your not overclocking - no reason to get a black edition processor, go with a Athlon II X2 255 - the 100mhz difference you won't notice, and for general computing, you won't notice the difference in cache

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103896 - $62
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Thanks for the suggestion, that was actually the cheapest Phenom II so I just went with it. I'm actually replacing my current CPU cooler today so I could stick it on there and probably see a decent overclock. I usually build my rigs for gaming so I'm not really familiar with what will benefit a home use PC the most.
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I second the Athlon II X2.

For general home use, its an awesome chip. My 255 OC'd to 3.75GHz on the stock cooler.

Made a killer HTPC with 4 GB of 1333 and Win7 using onboard HD4200 Graphics.
    
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post #5 of 23
go with the athlon ( my vote )
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Originally Posted by Degausser View Post
Hello all, I'm currently in the midst of researching a rig to build for a coworker and would like to hear your suggestions on which CPU to choose.

This PC will only be used for general home use, internet browsing, word processing and such. No gaming or sound/video/graphics editing.

This is definitely a budget build so price/performance ratio is important, hence why I'm choosing AMD

I am currently looking at a Phenom II X2 555
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103846

I figured that a fast dual core with a decent cache will offer more benefit than a slower quad core and less cache, for instance an Athlon II X4 which also has a higher price. Am I right in thinking this?

All suggestions are welcome!

EDIT: This rig will also be using 4GB of RAM and running Windows 7.
nope you are wrong about the cache , you can only see the benefit in L3 cache from PhII cpus in gaming which this machine wont be doing , so a quad or even a tripple athlon will be ALOT faster . here let me put down a cheap system for ya :
CPU+Case+PSU 131$
mobo+ram 103$
or buy this Super Combo cant call it a day
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One of those Microcenter dealios would do good.
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Athlon II would have been better actually-especially a 3 core for less than the Phenom II X2.I have gotten slower memory scores with the Phenom X2vs Athlon X2 due to the L3 cache slowing down latencies.Gaming the Phenom gives you maybe a 1%-2% increase in benches over the Athlon.Either one will work perfect for your needs though.
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post #9 of 23
I'd say the AMD Athlon II X3 is the best choice overall because of its balance of price and performance.

Only $10 more expensive than the Athlon II X2 and a good deal faster overall.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-920-_-Product
    
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THE BEST value you can get is Phenom X2 555 BE.

Even though you are not overclocking specialist if you get the right motherboard (see my signature) unlocking cores and overclocking is EASY.


Third generation chip is almost guaranteed to unlock all 4 cores. I did it on my board using the "automatic" board feature just by pressing an X during boot. To overclock you have to go in BIOS and you can use "automatic" feature by selecting lets say 10%. DONE Not perfect but stable and fast!!!

At that point you have $160 CPU that you paid $90.
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