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Old 03-08-11, 05:23 AM   #49
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Yeah its a good deal as I feel that the only purpose is for playing good modern games...
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Old 03-08-11, 09:16 AM   #50
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Yep. And he has no clue what's in the machine nor does he even care. As far as he's concerned, this is a replacement for his Xbox 360, which is running a bit long in the tooth. He doesn't know what a "Bulldozer" is, nor does he care about "AM3+".

I've made sure the machine is upgradeable though. His PSU is a beefy 750W Antec like mine, so if he wants a graphics upgrade, we just pop in another 6870. If he needs more CPU power down the line, what can we do? Oh, just pick up a bargain-bin Phenom II X6, maybe add 4GB more RAM.

Not too worried about this machine lasting for a good long while!
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Old 03-11-11, 12:49 AM   #51
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Good thread -- I'm actually contemplating phenom x4 955BE or 2500K SB setup. Having always been an AMD fan I initially was leaning towards the phenom, but am now starting to think SB would be the better choice. Definitely from a gaming perspective. Still have a month or two before I make the final decision. Just getting the basic components for my new rig first to spread out the cost. Been absent from gaming for several years, so I guess I can wait a bit more. Thanks for the info..
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Old 03-11-11, 08:40 AM   #52
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Honestly, for gaming, I'd go with the Phenom II. Why? For the following:

(1) Motherboards are cheaper
(2) CPU is cheaper. Yes it's slower, but for high resolution gaming, you will see NO difference.
(3) With the money saved from (1) and (2), you could easily get a graphics card that's a notch up from whatever you were previously contemplating.
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Old 03-11-11, 03:08 PM   #53
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Yep, that's the dilemma. I could go phenomII and maybe shoot for a GTX570, but if I go 2500K I'll likely settle for a 560Ti. Hmm.. decisions, decisions. I'm hoping to see more price drops in the next few weeks..
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Old 03-11-11, 05:41 PM   #54
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Yeah, I think the 570 does more for longevity of a gaming PC than a 560 will, assuming a decent CPU.
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Old 03-11-11, 06:45 PM   #55
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Honestly, for gaming, I'd go with the Phenom II. Why? For the following:

(1) Motherboards are cheaper
(2) CPU is cheaper. Yes it's slower, but for high resolution gaming, you will see NO difference.
(3) With the money saved from (1) and (2), you could easily get a graphics card that's a notch up from whatever you were previously contemplating.
You must only play FPS games then. In fact, games like Civ V make your point completely inaccurate. And just about any flight sim fanatic will tell you that CPU is still a vitally important performance determiner, and that Phenom II is not the route to go for those gamers who do more then a single gaming genre.
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Old 03-12-11, 08:57 PM   #56
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Hmm, well I do basically play FPS games exclusively, so I'm probably wrong...
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Hmm, well I do basically play FPS games exclusively, so I'm probably wrong...
Well no, I didn't mean you were wrong about those. When it comes to FPS, you're completely correct, CPU is really meaningless now a days. But I somewhat burned out on FPS shooters awhile back and only the very best of them catch my attention now. I mainly play RTS, simulators, and some FPS. Big fan of Stalker series, so thats an FPS series that always gets my money, but other then that pretty FPS-less
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Haha yeah, I hear you. I just never play anything but FPS, so my perspective is clearly warped on that front.
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Haha yeah, I hear you. I just never play anything but FPS, so my perspective is clearly warped on that front.
Then in that case, you would be totally correct from your perspective
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Actually the latest fps games like bfbc2 and crysis 2 are extremely CPU hungry due to their ties with the consoles
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