Ok, so I am building yet another mid range gaming rig and I am torn on processors again. I really like the Phenom II X3 720 for any mid range PC because of the price/performance ratio. You get way more than you pay for with it. However, the prices of the X4s have been coming down and I was thinking of maybe just spending the extra 50 bucks and going with a 955 B.E. GPU will probably be the 5770 again because of its great price/performance. Question is, should I just stick with the X3 or grab the X4 to make his PC a bit more "future proof" (in his standards that is)?
Personally though, if you aren't going to use it, why not save the cash? I was in the same situation and I just came to the conclusion that I'd rather have the money instead of getting a slightly faster chip.
Looking at it on paper is one thing, but in reality you are not going to miss that one core unless you are benchmarking or encoding media. And even then the subjective experience will probably not be that different.
A few seconds here and there, or $50?
I have my 720 sitting at 3.5ghz and I haven't regretted it for one second. However I'm very budget minded with bang/buck mentality. If you need the fastest and the best, you need to leave behind minor monetary considerations.
Thanks for the replies guys. I think I will just put the X3 in for him since he is on a bit of a budget. There's only a few games he will be playing and only at 1680X1050 resolution. Other than that, he will just be using the internet and occasionally writing reports for a news paper. OC.net comes through again with great help
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