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post #11 of 18
Considering the price reduction, the PII 955 C3 seems to be best of all worlds. I'm looking to pick one up myself.
post #12 of 18
If you wanted to save some money, but not lose out on gaming performance, I would go with the Athlon II X3 450, 3.2GHz for $75. Ive got one clocked at 3.64 GHz in a secondary system and it runs great with an old GTX 260.

I would not go with a Phenom II Dual though, because I'm 1 for 3 on the unlocks, and the triple or quad cores will be more effective. Plus, I'm 2 for 3 for the X3's unlocking to a quad.
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post #13 of 18
I'd go for the 555, it's a great dual core anyway, and you are very likely to be able to unlock 2 cores and if not 2 then at least 1 of the disabled cores for sure.
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post #14 of 18
i would suggest you buy a used 955 be. you can get one for around 100 or even alittle cheaper. its a guaranteed quad core and generally overclocks to atleast 3.8 without much trouble.
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555 BE from Microcenter.
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post #16 of 18
In every benchmark I've seen, the differences between an Athlon II X4 and a Phenom II X4 is minimal, if not non-existent.

My vote goes to the Athlon II X4

EDIT This is NOT the case for StarCraft II, my current favorite game!
 
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post #18 of 18
Go with the phenom II x2 555...i have it...great little chip...4.2ghz with only 1.45v and i run all my games comfortably most of the times only 1 core is in use...the second is sittling there waiting
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