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Old 05-02-2011, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is probably asked ofter but here's the build I'm putting together

CM HAF922 Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ASRock 870 Extreme3 Newegg.com - ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
XFX Radeon 5770 Newegg.com - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
WD 1TB cavier Blue (no idea what speed, for music and files)
WD 500GB Cavier Black SATA 6gb (for OS and the games) Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
a 750 power supply Newegg.com - hec Zephyr MX 750 750W Peak Output ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
16gb DDR3 memory (4x4gb purchased for $50 total) Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7S-4GBRL

The idea is to make a Gaming/ multi-tasking rig that wasn't too expensive with room to upgrade my question is about the AMD Athlon II and Phenom II both quad cores the Phenom is $10 bucks more. I most likely wont OC since this is my first build.
Athlonhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103871
Phenomhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103921
Which is better and why?
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The Phenom. First and foremost, if you don't plan to overclock, GHz is important, and the phenom has a higher clock.
Sadly, the newer Phenoms are a bit different than previous ones, they are basically Athlons renamed to Phenom.
If you don't mind a bit of reading, you can read more at the following link.
AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.20 GHz Review - Page 1/12 | techPowerUp
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Thanks! straight to the point with a great link!
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