Which should i buy? Phenom or Kuma

Im building a new pc and was wondering which was better:

AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor:



AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core:


They are both within a reasonable price range so dont count the price in your evaluations, which one do you think preforms better?

I know very little about processors and their speeds that is why i ask.

The phenom is quad core but at a lower speed, and the kuma is dual core but at a higher clock.

Im just not sure and would really appreciate some help.

I intend to play some games on this computer.
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  1. do not get the phenom, get the new ones.
    A phenom ii 720 would be the best for your price range.
  2. The new Phenom2 2 cores are supposed to be released June 2nd The Phenom2 X2 550 and 250. No benchmarks are out yet, but it may be worth your while to wait a week and see how they look, what they sell for and how they perform.

    To answer the original question, for gaming i'd be inclined to go with the Kuma.
  3. Are they supposed to be released or is that just speculation?
  4. They're supposed to be launched, but i've seen little about them elsewhere.
  5. AMD has been hitting its release dates lately, so it looks like it. Id wait, they look nice
  6. http://xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/phenom-athlon-ii-x2.html

    Preview of the 45nm Duals since no one seems to have seen one yet.
  7. 3.1Ghz II X2 550 / 3.0Ghz X2 250 / 2.8Ghz E7400
  8. The Kuma has 2.7 vs the quad cores 2.3, i think higher clock is better.
  9. Either get a Ph II 720BE or wait for the new Ph II's coming out.
  10. Newegg already has the 550 dual core 80w for $109.99.
  11. Yea just saw that a little bit ago. Not a bad deal.
  12. I have a 690G chipset so unfortunately it looks like I am stuck with the original Phenom or Kuma for an upgrade which is too bad.
  13. depends on the board. Some 690g's will still run the newer CPU's. What board do you have?
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