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Old January 13, 2011, 08:05 PM
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Default AM3 and Athalon II vs 1156 and i3 what's your opinion?

HEY Gurus!

Which in your opinion is better an AM3 and Athalon II combo or 1156 and i3 combo spending roughly $200 +/-?

AM3 motherboard from Gigabyte GA-M68MT-D3 $60 or GA-880GM-UD2H $90
with Athalon chips going from $90 to $131


GA-H55M-S2V $80
with i3 chips going from $115 to $150
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Old January 13, 2011, 11:59 PM
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well what do you do with it?

checking emails and such? get teh cheapest you can get.

for the same price you can get i3 and phenom II, the latter more powerfull in multithreaded applications, at least when both are stock

but the power figures a 30-40 percent worse :)

the 68mt wont overclock for nutz, the 880 on the other hand is pretty decent. much better onboard video too.

if you end up going i3, do start with the 530/540 since they have hyperthreading. i3 without ht = sux :)
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Old January 14, 2011, 07:40 AM
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well in my experience the i3 are truly wicked lowend chips that run very cool and overclock just amazing.
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