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For $80, which one would you get?

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  1. Kantastic

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    Phenom II X3 710 (2.6GHz)
    Athlon II X4 620 (2.6GHz)

    For $80 which one would you choose, and for what reason(s)?

    WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY LISTED AS THE 720 WAS A TYPO, I MEAN THE X3 710, NOT 720.
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    The 720 is 2.8ghz, and I'd get that. More L3 cache, better at gaming, overclocks higher..
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    Athlon coz they get very good reviews but that`s rly just an opinion.
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    The 720 is 120, I can get these two for 80. For my dad's purposes, the two I listed is more than enough. ^_^
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    get teh phenum, better cahce
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    If they are both $80 I would choose the 720, it clocks well and probably will have a higer resale value when it comes time to upgrade.
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    comparing apples to oranges

    whats its going to be used for?
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    PII x3 720 all the way.
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    This is why I specifically asked for a reason. :toast:
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    720. 30-50% chance of getting a quad if you pair it wih a 790 board.
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    You should get the 720, i have one and its fast @ 3.8ghz for what i need it for, i was able to unlock mine but thats just a bonus
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    For gaming I have my main rig, this is for my dad (and everybody else) so I don't need anything fancy like a black edition processor or anything. At most I'll be doing a mild overclock. He'll never even use more than 2 cores, I just want a good well-rounded processor since it's a family/guest rig.
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    720. oc easily on any mainboard thx to the multy and has 6mb of l3 cache which is good for games
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    Oh wow I'm an idiot. I posted a 720? I've been wondering all this time why people have been suggesting the 720!

    I MEANT THE X3 710 GUYS, SORRY.
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    The 710, sure, it's not a BE, but it should still OC to 3.4ghz+, and there is a decent chance of unlocking it into a quad. Also, for most apps the L3 helps a lot more than the 4th core of the AIIX4
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    oh....ok


    x3 wins in gaming by a good margin

    athlon x4 does much better in day to day work if you use all 4 cores


    my vote goes for the x3 for the chance of unlocking is around 70% guide......http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/15828/35/
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    I see the 710 is getting the popular vote. ^_^ What about for folding? Which would be better? I might fold on it every night while I sleep, then stop in the morning and let my dad do his stuff.
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    folding using cpu? i say the 710 because of the l3 but not by much
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    The X4 is definitely better for any DC project that you choose (F@H, WCG, etc). Cache sizes don't matter much if at all in F@H and WCG, the 4th core will make a far bigger difference. If you do decide to go for the tri-core (or even the quad), please do consider WCG instead, F@H is mainly GPU-optimized and WCG only works on CPUs. With the X3, there is no effective way to use all 3 cores in F@H (SMP uses 2 or 4 cores AFAIK, 3 single processor clients yields crap PPD), so 1 core would have to go idle.
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    I don't know about folding, but for general PC work, the X4 620 with ease.
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  21. Kantastic

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    Crunching* :p I'm still a little new to this stuff.

    Alright so for crunching the X4 would be the better processor? I know for a fact that gaming won't be done (or high end gaming to be exact) on that comp.
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    Both will game just fine.
    I will say go for the X4 to be future prove, the X4 is better @multi-tasking.
    More and more applications will support multi-core.
    In terms of OC, the 620 should do at lease 3.4Ghz.
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  23. Kantastic

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    Yeah I've sort of decided on the 620, mainly to do some occasional crunching for TPU. I have to get myself a nice set of speakers first though! My comp comes before the family's. :D

    Thanks for all the input guys.
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    Definitely the phenom 710, like the others have posted there's a chance to unlock the 4th core and the fact it also has the L3 cache that the Athlon II lacks,
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    Another vote for the 710, get the L3, if you don't game at all get the 620, but even withe the 710, maybe it will unlock.

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