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Core i3 2100 or X4 840?

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hey guys,

I'm in the process of upgrading my sig rig. I've already bought a Antec TP550W psu and a antec 100 for my case. Im now debating whether i should get a Core i3 2100 with a free mobo in Microcenter or a x4 840? I've seen reviews of the i3 and they're pretty good. I game frequently and render videos. Other than that just watching videos and stuff like that. Any other options would also be appreciated. Thanks!
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Oh and forgot to mention. this upgrade is for only until bulldozer releases
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If you render videos as well as game, I say go for the Phenom, based purely on performance. The Phenom has 4 physical cores, while the i3 is a hyperthreaded dual core. The Phenom will beat the i3 in most multithreaded applications.
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i3....... (it sandy)
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hmm... but from the reviews I've seen, the i3 is better is adobe cs5 renders..
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well, i forgot to mention this, but this upgrade is only to last until bulldozer releases
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The i3 will be locked down at stock clocks since its not a K model. It'll overclock SLIGHTLY using the bus speed, but not much at all.

If you're just holding out till Bulldozer, why not tweak your current CPU, and save that money? You might get lucky and unlock to a quad. Not to mention the overclockability of that 555.

And not only that, your board MIGHT work with Bulldozer once its released. It'd be really stupid to swap platforms, just to swap right back (assuming Biostar releases a BIOS for your board to support BD).
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nope, tried to unlock it can't.. and my cpu can't even get to 4ghz let alone 2.8ghz.. it bluescreens
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post #10 of 11
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The i3 will be locked down at stock clocks since its not a K model. It'll overclock SLIGHTLY using the bus speed, but not much at all.

If you're just holding out till Bulldozer, why not tweak your current CPU, and save that money? You might get lucky and unlock to a quad. Not to mention the overclockability of that 555.

And not only that, your board MIGHT work with Bulldozer once its released. It'd be really stupid to swap platforms, just to swap right back (assuming Biostar releases a BIOS for your board to support BD).
Well, the reason I'm thinking of upgrading is because ever since I tried overclocking my 555, the chip suddenly slowed down.. alot.. I don't know why.. It just happened.. so I don't know.. should I wait or just buy a sandy bridge?
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