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Need help with choosing a 95W CPU

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January 22, 2010 2:13:15 AM

im building an Rig the CPU's ive decided on are - My current mobo only supports 95W cpu's

phenom 720 X3 (is it worth the 100 bucks to try and unlock the 4th core and overclock?) - 109.99 Free ship

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W - $140.99 Free
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W - $160.99 Free

Current mobo: ASUS M4A78LT-M LE AM3 AMD 780L Micro ATX : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know the board boots and i know the board is able to unlock the 4th core on the 720.

im going to be running x1 5850 or x1 5870.

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January 22, 2010 2:58:15 AM

I've been eying the 925 myself lately, and its probably what I would go for. The 720 is a bit of a gamble, if the 4th core unlocks its a great deal. If it doesn't it still isn't a bad CPU by any means, but not as good a deal. If the price difference were more I'd go with the 720, but at $30 I'd probably spring for the 925. Just IMO of course :) 
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January 22, 2010 3:03:38 AM

go for the 925. its what i have and it performs wonderfully. the gamble isn't woth it
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January 22, 2010 3:18:59 AM

what video are you running on your 925 and what kind of overclocks have you gotten out of it
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January 30, 2010 4:51:16 PM

925 works great, at idle AOD shows core temps between 20 and 22 C. getting 50fps in DOW 2 ultra settings physx on all eye-candy on low=29 high=111. dirt 2 runs excellently.
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