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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, Core 2 Quad Q6650, i7 920

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June 25, 2009 3:17:56 PM

I'm thinking about build my first computer, this computer will be for gaming, so I want the opinion of people about it.

I don't really care if it is AMD, or Intel, i just care if it is a good processor and if does what I want it to do.

My options by what I was looking are:
-(1)AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
-(2)Intel Core 2 Quad 6650
-(3)Intel i7 920
or at my last option a (4)Intel Core 2 Duo E8500( if there is another cpu that it can also be good for games but about the price of $300 or lower let me know!
I want to overclock it so, answer me saying each motherboard should I get!=D

for the (1) I was thinking about the ASUS M4N82 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI AMD Motherboard
for the (2) and (4) I was looking at the
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
FOR THE (3) I don't know

should I get a better cooling for the cpu, or the one that came with it can handle that and the overlock for about 3.8ghz,4ghz, or something like that?

besides that my computer would be

-Antec Nine Hundred ""
- 750 GB SATA Hard Drive ""
-Saphire ATI 1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 ""
-HP Black 22X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM SATA 22X Multiformal DVD Writer""
-G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2""

If you want to say about the others components of the computer, because I just want to build a really good computer, so if there is something wrong or that could be better, in the same average of price let me know too

thank you for all of you to take the time to read that=D

More about : amd phenom 955 black edition core quad q6650 920

June 25, 2009 3:25:49 PM

this computer will be for gaming, it's in the first sentence!
June 25, 2009 3:31:26 PM

Thank you for your opinion it can helps me!!=D, and what about the other components of the computer, are those like all compatible, and also good for games, do you thing for overcloking the X4 I should get a better cooling for it??
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June 25, 2009 9:26:23 PM

The 955 is a waste in the eyes of everyone in the Amd word. Get the 940 instead, Get 4GB of DDR2 1066 memory,

This Motherboard

Pair of HD 4770's

Need anything else?

just one more thing do you think that I should get a better cooler for the processor or the one that comes the processor is good enough to get the processor running cool with the overclock???

And once more, thanks for the help here=D
June 25, 2009 11:53:00 PM

ok, thanks I'll buy it also!

What's the difference between the 940 and the 955, besides the stock clock speed?that the difference is just of 0.2ghz
June 26, 2009 2:40:57 AM

955 is AM3, 940 is AM2+. Both have an unlocked multiplier and will overclock the same.

besides the socket is there any other difference??
yeah, that's my last question, thank you for your help^^=D
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June 26, 2009 3:42:32 AM

955 has both ddr2 & ddr3 memory controller, 940 only has ddr2. ddr2 or ddr3 makes very nominal performance difference.
June 26, 2009 2:24:44 PM

OK than, so there are some difference in performance, so I'm buying a 955...ehhe..xP
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June 26, 2009 8:57:17 PM

The performance difference isn't from core speed - it's from the 955s ability to run DDR3. If you run memory limited apps, that can make a noticeable difference.
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June 26, 2009 9:04:06 PM

He said it was for gaming, so the ddr3 or ddr2 shouldn't make much of a difference.
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June 26, 2009 9:12:23 PM

True. I was just pointing out that the minor performance difference mentioned above had absolutely nothing to do with core speed.
June 26, 2009 10:56:36 PM

If you building from a scratch, go with I7920 , cheapest board & 6GB ram you could find.

Gigabyte x58 mb & patriot ddr3 1600 ram doesn't work together... I've tried...