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Old 01-16-12, 05:36 AM   #1
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Question Choice between two AMD CPU's for ITX build, need advice

I'm upgrading from a modded ITX Intel P4 2.8 GHz Northwood 2 GB DDR1 PC3200 ram Geforce FX 5600 Ultra 128 mb on an iWill ITX motherboard. I left the enthusiast world 7 years ago.

I bought a J&W MiniX 890GX-USB3 ITX motherboard and an Antec ISK300-65 ITX case. The Antec will be upgraded to a 135W external power brick. This motherboard supports max 95W TDP socket AM3 CPU's and runs 128 MB Radeon 4290 IGP. There is a half height PCI-E 16x slot available for a discrete video card. I also have 4 GB of PC3-10600 ram ready for this build.

There are two local AM3 CPU sellers. One is selling his AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Triple Core Processor AM3 2.8GHZ 7.5MB Cache 95W 45NM for $45.

The other is selling his AMD Phenom II X4 905E Processor AM3 2.5GHZ 8MB Cache 65W 45NM for $80.

I am going to use this computer for everyday use, watching 1080p movie rips, and also play Star Wars: The Old Republic and Diablo III.

Please advise, thanks.
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