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I'm building a gaming build and I need to know which cpu. I know the 2500k is better and in general. But since I'm going to be mainly gaming and surfing the internet, will there be THAT much of a difference. The GPU would be doing the most for games anyways right? It's a budget build and the phenom saves me like $200.
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I would go for the Phenom heck of a P/P deal for what you are doing. Unless you are trying to OC crazy or break some record I do not see the extra cash spent benefiting very much IMO. Since you mention being on a budget and I would put the money in other parts like PSU or GPU.
    
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Yeah the new Phenom 840 (I think) is a quad core that lacks L3 cache but come in at only $100. Great way to save a few bucks to invest in a better GPU.
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Doesn't the i3-2100 even rate higher than the phenom ii x4's for gaming? At least that's what I heard.
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i ran into the same problem as you 1 month ago, then i tell to myseft, while upgrading and paying out money why not just pay a bit more and get something that will last yearsss, the 2500k will prolly last you atleast 2 years and way faster than the 955 in everything and its new tech( come with uefi, easy OC, etc)

So while spending 250 $ for that 955 phenom build and get 60 fps or pay 400$ and get 100fps ? i meant would you spend 250$ for something that is outdated or get something a bit more expensive but last longer because either way you are going to spend that money and i think the 2500k worth every penny.
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Doesn't the i3-2100 even rate higher than the phenom ii x4's for gaming? At least that's what I heard.
The i3-2100 is at par with the Phenom II X4 955 BE at stock speeds depending on what you're doing, but the 955 has much more OC room than the 2100.
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Doesn't the i3-2100 even rate higher than the phenom ii x4's for gaming? At least that's what I heard.
I don't really know but 3.1ghz dual core that has no overclocking potential vs Quad with a good bit of headroom ? clock for clock I have no doubt that the i3 wins but only in games that would be really optimized for 2 cores.
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the phenom should do you fine, i have an OC i5 750 and i barely use more then 30% of it in the majority of games. So a guad core amd should get you by fine, the extra $200 if it is in your budget would be better off on gpu for gaming.
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i ran into the same problem as you 1 month ago, then i tell to myseft, while upgrading and paying out money why not just pay a bit more and get something that will last yearsss, the 2500k will prolly last you atleast 2 years and way faster than the 955 in everything and its new tech( come with uefi, easy OC, etc)

So while spending 250 $ for that 955 phenom build and get 60 fps or pay 400$ and get 100fps ? i meant would you spend 250$ for something that is outdated or get something a bit more expensive but last longer because either way you are going to spend that money and i think the 2500k worth every penny.
a cpu will not give you 40 FPS gain unless its bottlenecking your gpu, a phenom 2 shouldnt bottleneck this guys cards, if he buys a $130 gpu he might get 40fps and if he buys a $330 gpu he will get 100fps. So therefor being on a budget he probably cant have both.
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You can easily get the Phenom 965 (3.4ghz) for below 150$ if you look around or wait for sales. The 970 is also a good cpu for a bit more. For half the price of a 2500k I would say the 965 is a much better deal price/performance wise.

They are quite capable CPU's and your getting a quad core for very cheap. Don't bother with the Phenom 840 though as it doesn't have L3 Catch.
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