I am looking to purchase a new CPU for my PC i am currently running a AMD 5600+ dual core atm and i am wanting to update (PLEASE DONT SAY GET INTEL AS I CANT BE BOTHERED CHANGING MY MOTHER BOARD ) i am thinking about getting a AMD Phenom X4 9950 what do you guys think would be a good upgrade????
What motherboard do you have? Watch out that some motherboards can't take the power consumption of Phenom CPUs. 9950 has a thermal power of 125W. Check if your motherboard can provide 125W of power to the CPU or not first. If your motherboard is unable to run a 125W Phenom, then I wouldn't recommend you to upgrade to a AMD. You should wait till you have enough money to switch to Intel instead or you will face the same problem sooner or later like this member here.
And don't forget there are many 140W Phenom 9950's out on the market already. The 125W 9950's haven't been around as long. The biggest question is just as Pico_w asked what board are you running. Does it support the AM2+ series at all?
Honestly I don't think you'll see to much of an improvement going from your 5600 to a 9950. You can of course get more out of the 9950 by overclocking it, but they don't overclock too far. I say that for now you should consider overclocking your current CPU and waiting for Deneb processors. For me, my 5000 @ 2.8 is fine and I'm going to try and overclock it a little bit more this week. I'm waiting to see just how the new Deneb CPUs do and will probably upgrade around February.