I recently bought a Radeon HD 4850, and I should say, the graphics look amazing. Huge difference over my old 8600GTS. But I can't help but get a feeling that the CPU is being the bottleneck, especially when I play CoH and Crysis. So, if I decide to upgrade my CPU from my old Phenom 8400, which will be better, Phenom x4 9650 or Phenom II x3 720? I wanted to upgrade to something like the Phenom II x4 940, but the TDP supports only up to 95W, so I'm out of luck until I buy a new mobo. So, of these two CPUs, which will be better value? Or should I just save my money and go for something bigger later? Thanks in advance.
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As an X3 user and an avid gamer I can say the x3 is worth every penny. One click out of the box 3.6 with almost no increase in voltage and it runs super cool. Its worth every penny.
I guess I'll go for the x3 if I need to, since I'm a gamer and do not encode a lot of videos nor do a lot of processing work.