LOL. It is a good CPU, after all, no wonder people talk about it.
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Thanks for the input. If it makes a difference, my mobo is a Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4.
Your mobo will support a 9850BE X4. That would be the best bet because your mobo should support the 45nm CPUs. But I would say in 1-2 years that would be the time to consider both Intel and AMD and a whole new build.
But for now stick with this mobo and drop a 9850BE into it.