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CRYSIS ONLY USES TWO CORES.
Hence the point..he is arguing that "2011 relevant" games will not be run well by dual core processors.

Keep your facepalm picture for a post you actually read or understand.
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post #12 of 37
CPU has such little effect on games in terms of price/performance.

Any duo core or more is sufficient. The Phenom II X2s are a good series of low priced chips.


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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post


CRYSIS ONLY USES TWO CORES.


Facepalm pictures always make me laugh
Edited by Zackcy - 3/2/11 at 12:28pm
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post #13 of 37
You best bet is to get a better graphics card only and save your money for another year.

Get a gtx 570 or something of the like. Your machine is fine from a processor stand point for now.
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post #14 of 37
It's only 10 bucks, but I see no reason to buy the WD Caviar Black 500 GB when you can get the Samsung SpinPoint F3 500 GB for $49.99.
post #15 of 37
The Samsung F3 1TB can be had for $55 on Newegg now.
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post #16 of 37
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Originally Posted by KusH View Post
You best bet is to get a better graphics card only and save your money for another year.

Get a gtx 570 or something of the like. Your machine is fine from a processor stand point for now.
I'm not upgrading mine, I am upgrading my wifes crappy HP with 4gb ddr2 ram and an old phenom processor. The case is almost too small for a 8800gt with a aftermarket heatsink.

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It's only 10 bucks, but I see no reason to buy the WD Caviar Black 500 GB when you can get the Samsung SpinPoint F3 500 GB for $49.99.
I had always heard that the wd blacks were better than the f3 and about equal to the f4. Won't the WD be faster than a f3.

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Just to clear up one of your statements, bulldoser eill NOT be am3 compatible. It will use an am3+ board so if you want to upgrade from a phenom to a bd later on youll need to wait for the new boards
Any idea when the am3+ comes out?
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post #17 of 37
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Originally Posted by bstover17 View Post
I'm not upgrading mine, I am upgrading my wifes crappy HP with 4gb ddr2 ram and an old phenom processor. The case is almost too small for a 8800gt with a aftermarket heatsink.



I had always heard that the wd blacks were better than the f3 and about equal to the f4. Won't the WD be faster than a f3.
I completely understand. But if you are using this machine for gaming, you will be sorely disappointed. Honestly any dual/quad core with 3ghz will do just fine for gaming and the biggest factor in gaming is still the graphics card. I suggested the graphics card because you will get the most performance upgrade out of that.
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post #18 of 37
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Although we are in the AMD side we can't ignore the fact that the new i3-2xxx series has more gaming performance than the phenom II x4 955. If you don't plan to OC the chip i think you should take a look at i3-2120 and a P67 motherboard for about the same price. If OC will be a reality then you can't go wrong with the 955. The bulldozzer platform may not be compatible with AM3 socket, unfortunately...


I agree, you might want to look at the I3's ...

I recently built my wife a rig for gaming and used the storm scout as well, she loves it. Your build looks great either way you go for processor/mb.. Just a preference thing really IMO.
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A typical 955 setup is about 60% faster than a 9550. The GTX260 is about 80% faster than the 8800GT.

In my personal history of computer purchases, I have had a much larger gap in performance from one machine to the next. I would not personally bother parting with money if it wasn't going to make the machine at least twice as fast... Actually, I would shoot for 4-10X as fast as a good upgrade point.
     
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post #20 of 37
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You best bet is to get a better graphics card only and save your money for another year.

Get a gtx 570 or something of the like. Your machine is fine from a processor stand point for now.


I am sure he doesnt want to put a 570 into a budget build. A 6850 would be more than sufficient, or a 450-460. Best bang for the buck IMO would be a 6850... cant go wrong for 150 bucks after rebate .. at Newegg or Tdirect.
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