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Old 08-03-10, 12:56 AM   #37
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Old 08-03-10, 12:58 AM   #38
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Pshhh, not with my salary
Yeah, seconded, definitely. I used to always stick to a $70 total with shipping CPU cost limit. I think the Phenom II x3 720 I bought July '09 is about the only time I've ever breached that, and not by too much. And maybe the XP 1600 Palomino back in 1536.
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Old 08-03-10, 08:23 AM   #39
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Default Re: Tom's asks "Gamers: Do You Need More Than An Athlon II X3?"

I've always gone the cheap CPU route. My Athlon XP 2500+ was $90 and I believe my current E4300 was somewhere around there. I can't really believe I'm considering going the expensive Core i7 route for my next upgrade. Maybe this article will force me to scale back my purchase to a higher end Core i5.
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Old 08-03-10, 08:58 AM   #40
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I think for most of us the reason we go for the i7 is simply because we can, and we want the best at the time. Yes, a simple CPU will always do but who doesn't want the best?
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My deal with the i7 is I have all of these other aspirations for which it would be perfected suited - getting a CableCARD tuner and turning my HTPC into a DVR with the Core i7 doing the encoding grunt work, getting back into content creation (video, 3D, web design) but I'm sure I'd get bored with those ideas eventually and have an i7 doing no real work.

Then again, you're absolutely right - we buy these things because we can.
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My deal with the i7 is I have all of these other aspirations for which it would be perfected suited - getting a CableCARD tuner and turning my HTPC into a DVR with the Core i7 doing the encoding grunt work, getting back into content creation (video, 3D, web design) but I'm sure I'd get bored with those ideas eventually and have an i7 doing no real work.

Then again, you're absolutely right - we buy these things because we can.
I am about to build a new PC now. I would love to go i7 because it's the best but I would be just as suited getting a $90 Athlon X4. Won't do as well in benchmarks but it will work great.
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Old 08-03-10, 12:11 PM   #43
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4ghz Quad Core or bust!
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Only reason I went i7 was the price was right- got a ridiculously good deal through work. Otherwise I'd probably be rocking AMD's 6-core or top end quad right now.
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I still like the i7 and x58 platform more, while it does cost more, but overall is much better deal/rig.

I got x58 with i7 and two AMD platforms one with 780G + 9550 and 890G + X4 and I just don't see using either AMD chipset as my main rig.

the 780G is my HTPC, I got the video issues fixed, when I disabled onboard ATi and installed GT240. The pesky H264 acceleration issues are gone.

It also fixed HDTV scanning issue, with ATi i had to expand the screen by about 2 inches all around for it to fix fully on in the display, with GT240 I didn't had to touch any scanning options.

Just waiting for a decent i5 +H55 combo at fry's and replace the 780G + 9550.
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Only reason I went i7 was the price was right- got a ridiculously good deal through work. Otherwise I'd probably be rocking AMD's 6-core or top end quad right now.
Ya i7 930 is about 299 most places as the top line AMD 965 quad is 179. However microcenter have the 930 for 199 by my house so I'm going for it. Only 20 bucks more.
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Ya i7 930 is about 299 most places as the top line AMD 965 quad is 179. However microcenter have the 930 for 199 by my house so I'm going for it. Only 20 bucks more.
will you be taking the limo?
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Where did you get this notion I am rich? You keep mentioning it...
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