The AMDPhenom II X4 955 Black Edition is probably the best bang for your buck processor for gaming. The Phenom II X4 955 is a true quad core processor, with a 6 MB L3 cache, and has an unlocked multiplier. This processor can be very easy to overclock and can run as fast as the Phenom II X4 970.
The GeForce GTS 450 graphics card comes in at around $120, and is by far a great card for its price range. You should get a great performance of 16 80×1050 resolution in most games, and 1920×1200 with lower game details. (If you want to get a slightly better graphics cards for a slightly slightly higher prices, consider the other cards in the “Budget Yielding Alternatives” section below)
So you want to play your games on ultra high resolution/quality, but don’t have a ton of cash? Games like Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, the new Fallout new Vegas etc. will all play great at 1080p resolutions on ultra graphics with these builds. When looking into a gaming PC you want to look for decent processing power, around 4Gb RAM, and a good (not best) graphics card.
Let’s take a look at a couple of builds that you may be able to use / work around to get you what you need:
Build 1: $685 @ Amazon
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Cheap Gaming PC (AMD): Running Most Games w/ Ultra&High Settings
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If you are then you should visit AnandTech‘s benchmark page. It has a simple to use interface that allows to select two different CPU’s, SSD’s, or GPU’s and then configures a comparison ratings chart with categories like “Video creation”, x264 HD Encode Test, “Windows Media Encoder 9 x64″, “Far Cry 2 playback”…etc. As well the comparison chart includes the overall benchmark comparison at the very top of the chart. So if you are looking/debating between two different CPU’s, SSD’s or GPU’s then look no further and see.
Here is an example of the
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz versus the
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz
Picking between very similar processors such as the AMD 955, 965, and 970 can be frustrating. All three processors are AMD Phenom II, X4, Black Edition, AM3 Socket, 125W, Quad-Core Processor, but have the respective processing speeds/costs of:
- 3.2GHz and $139.99 (US )for the AMD 955
- 3.4GHz and $159.99 (US) for the AMD 965
- 3.5GHz and $180.99 (US) for the AMD 970
The Processor or central processing unit (CPU) is the primary device used to carry a computers functions. The two major brand you can purchase at most computer resellers are Intel and AMD chips.
I purchased an
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor, and it has worked wonders. Came with a decent Heat Sink/processor fan and runs everything very well so far. I chose this processor because it came at a phenomenal price for what you get, and had an array of great reviews.