Cheap gaming PC build

By smellyfo27
Oct 25, 2009
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  1. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The only advantage the Phenom 9650 holds is the L3 cache which the Athlon II X4 620 doe not have. Higher clock speed + L3 cache does benefit gaming. The Phenom 9650 costs $109.99. The Phenom II X3 720 is available for less than $10 more. It has a higher L3 cache than the Phenom 9650 and a much higher clock speed. I would suggest that you look into the X3 720 or else stick with the Athlon II X4.
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,884   +77

    the Phenom II also has a faster HT speed and better instruction sets, as well as better OC potential.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    I like the Phenom II X3 720 ^^.
  4. Xinthran

    Xinthran Newcomer, in training Posts: 37

    You should also check out the possibility to unlock the unused cores in the Phenom II X3 720 and Phenom II X2 550 BE. Getting a nice quad-core out of those chips is a nice possibility.
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