Gamers: Do You Need More Than An Athlon II X3?

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welshmousepk

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good read, though unsurprising. certainly justifies these lower end processors in gaming rigs.

the whole thing seems to slightly contradict the 'balanced PC' articles though. why put such a cheap CPU in a system with such a powerful GPU? is the budget really going to be THAT tight?
 

sohei

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good point in this article....if you have money ....you have 1 solution for every application you run on your pc....(high end cpu) folks with money dont have to think...is simple ...but if you have less money to spend ...an AMD cpu is your (my) choice
 

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Still no GTA4? I'm still having thoughts getting an Athlon II X3 because I'll be playing GTA4 and all your Athlon II X3 gaming benchmark does not include GTA4.
 

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hmm ... I see an interesting pattern here. the latest Intel architecture is 3x as expensive yet an AMD cpu on a generation older architecture can still keep up reasonable.

except very high end gaming, I realy do not see a reason to go after the i7.

what I am missing from the article is the X3 vs Intel cpus in the same price range. maybe a followup would do some good :)
 

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[citation][nom]tacoslave[/nom]should have overclocked the 440 because thats what most will be doing when they use this processor for gaming[/citation]

I'd guess at least 90% of users never overclock anything.
To be fair though, probably 90% of Tom's readers do.
 

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Do it again with a 5750 or a GTS 250..or lower with a 5650 and a GT 240. You know something modern, but not in excess of the cost of the motherboard and CPU. This is my same problem with the G6950/720 article.. I don't think I've ever seen a good article showing differences with difference CPU's in the middle end. With more of a GPU is bottle neck, the CPU should matter even less.
 

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nice comparison. seems that the triple core is quite strong enough for gaming. i believe that xfire is crazy technology though and only an almost negligible number of gamers use it. i also do not see the point of using such a strong(expensive) video card with a budget cpu. a money conscious gamer would get a 57xx or something in that zone.

my thought is that for single card users (not necessarily 58xx type not because it's not good but is for sure not budget friendly) and normal monitors (1680x1050) a triple or even dual core amd is enough.
 

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Is there many people still playing WiC?
I tried to play online, and it's pretty boring and repetitive. Uninstalled.
 

arkadi

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This is a good article.
When i build gaming rigs for a kids, i don't want to get the HI end system with somewhat hi price tag for a kids computer. The AMD CPU is a solid choice, with cheaper GPU like the 5770 it will be a good and cheap gaming machine. And if FPS will get bit low, I can lower the game effects to a reasonable point and still have grate experience from a game.
 

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A request Tom, can you start using 1920 x 1080 as the main resolution for your benchmarks, and only going higher / lower when the article requires it. Multiple resolutions have always added complexity to the graphs / reviews and I think its time to change.
 

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Well, I've got the Athlon iix3 in my 'gaming' rig at home and it is paired with a Nvidia 260GTX.

All I can say that it was a good investment as I can max out everything I play, considering I only have a 19" screen that supports upto 1280*1024.

It's what I call balance. Not everyone can afford an i7 with SLI or Xfire and 30" screens.
 

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I'm sick of these hardware articles for poor people. I want to see more benchmarks for triple SLI, CrossFireX and i7 980x. There's no reason to review a piece of hardware that costs less than $500, there's Newegg reviews for that cheap junk.
 

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[citation][nom]tacoslave[/nom]should have overclocked the 440 because thats what most will be doing when they use this processor for gaming[/citation]

by that logic they should have overclocked the 920 because that's what most will be doing when they use that processor for gaming..
 

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Good idea for an article, but I'm missing for example a comparison between an i5 750 with a 5770 and an phenom x3 with a 5850.

Those two would more eflect the choices a gamer on a budget would have to make.
 
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