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The answer is really important. I want to know if it's more cpu or gpu intensive I'm choosing between sandy bridge and llano.

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Just my opinion, but I doubt you'll notice much difference in Unity performance with either architecture. I would base your choice on what you want to do application-wise rather than your desktop environment. – Kris Harper Jan 11 '12 at 18:11
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2D is more CPU intensive, 3D is more GPU intensive.

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