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post #11 of 18
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I think I'm going to play it safe and go with the athlon. In games that use the quad I can really see it doing better than a dual core phenom. Plus I can always oc. More games in the future will use more cores anyway.
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post #12 of 18
go with the Athlon, many softwares uses more than 2 cores, and when that is the case, having twice as many cores will make a much bigger difference than the L3 will ever do,
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If you're gaming, you're better off with a Phenom II. You can get a Phenom II X4 820 which, unlike the 840, is based on the Deneb die and has L3 cache for only $85. If you need a CPU cooler (it's an OEM CPU) that's better than stock, you can get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835200014

If you want something to over-clock, I recommend the Hyper TX-3.

Total with the Hyper TX-3 is $107 and with the other CPU cooler is $100.
    
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If you're gaming, you're better off with a Phenom II. You can get a Phenom II X4 820 which, unlike the 840, is based on the Deneb die and has L3 cache for only $85. If you need a CPU cooler (it's an OEM CPU) that's better than stock, you can get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835200014

If you want something to over-clock, I recommend the Hyper TX-3.

Total with the Hyper TX-3 is $107 and with the other CPU cooler is $100.

Also, the extra 2MB of L3 cache on the 820 always unlocks (though it makes a tiny difference in performance), unlike extra CPU cores in the Phenom II X2. You're getting a full Phenom II for only $100.

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post #15 of 18
yes, as long as it's not a dual core, the L3 will make it more interesting,
but the extra cores are far more important

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...e_6.html#sect0
even the AII X3 beat consistently the PIi X2
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Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel View Post
If you're gaming, you're better off with a Phenom II. You can get a Phenom II X4 820 which, unlike the 840, is based on the Deneb die and has L3 cache for only $85. If you need a CPU cooler (it's an OEM CPU) that's better than stock, you can get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835200014

If you want something to over-clock, I recommend the Hyper TX-3.

Total with the Hyper TX-3 is $107 and with the other CPU cooler is $100.

Also, the extra 2MB of L3 cache on the 820 always unlocks (though it makes a tiny difference in performance), unlike extra CPU cores in the Phenom II X2. You're getting a full Phenom II for only $100.

EDIT: how do you delete a post?
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post #17 of 18
I game on a 640 propus on air i have 3.65ghz was 100$ i spank stock phenoms in every test i can find (sick little pleasure out of it) i was on a tight budget as well and i really like my processor games play flawless

lol nvm LOL_Wut_Axel is right go with the phenom for 100 you cant poke a stick at it
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post #18 of 18
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That does sound good but how about my thermal paste and you think oc to 3.4 would be safe on the cheaper heatsink? Lol I'm gonna have to cheap out my case for this. Btw you can't delete a post but you can edit it and delete everything in it.
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