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March 20, 2010 12:22:26 PM

The Overclockers link points to a couple of different products so not sure which one you're looking at exactly. If you can give the model name or whatever I'll have a look :) 

The Phenom II 965 you pointed to on EBuyer is an excellent CPU for gaming. Coupled with a good GPU and RAM you shouldn't have trouble playing any current games and it will also last you quite a while since games are only now really starting to fully utilise multi-core CPUs. It's also a good overclocker since it has an unlocked multiplier. The one thing I will say about it is that you may wish to go for the 955 instead which is clocked at 200MHz (off the top of my head) lower, but with a very small overclock you can achieve this 200Mhz effectively giving you a 965. May just save you a little bit of cash and you can of course overclock further again if you wish. Hope this helps!
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March 20, 2010 12:48:57 PM

*OVERCLOCKED* Intel Core i3 530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz @ 4.00GHz / Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H Intel H55 Motherboard / Corsair 4GB DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz DDR3 Bundle
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March 21, 2010 2:55:26 PM

if you are ready to spend i'd suggest the phenom processor over the core i3... they overclock well... and game well too
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March 21, 2010 4:46:49 PM

I'd be tempted to go for the Phenom II 965 or 955. The i3 is a nice chip but its only a dual core whereras the Phenom II you pointed to is a quad core. With more and more games now starting to fully utilise multiple threads a quad core CPU will probably pay more dividends than a dual core. It will also last you a lot longer before you wish to upgrade again. For the price the 965 is one of the best performers for gaming. Although for reasons I mentioned in my first reply you may wish to go for the 955. And as abhishekk89 mentioned they overclock very well since they have an unlocked multiplier.
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March 22, 2010 1:19:19 PM

Don't bother getting a 965, a 955 performs about the same and can overclock just as well. Spending more money on a 965 isn't justified since there is no difference except a slightly higher base clock...which means less OCing headroom.

955s and 940s are the best value for your money
March 22, 2010 6:07:44 PM

i think AMD system are better for gaming as they are better for graphics....
March 22, 2010 6:26:17 PM

moody89 said:
The Overclockers link points to a couple of different products so not sure which one you're looking at exactly. If you can give the model name or whatever I'll have a look :) 

The Phenom II 965 you pointed to on EBuyer is an excellent CPU for gaming. Coupled with a good GPU and RAM you shouldn't have trouble playing any current games and it will also last you quite a while since games are only now really starting to fully utilise multi-core CPUs. It's also a good overclocker since it has an unlocked multiplier. The one thing I will say about it is that you may wish to go for the 955 instead which is clocked at 200MHz (off the top of my head) lower, but with a very small overclock you can achieve this 200Mhz effectively giving you a 965. May just save you a little bit of cash and you can of course overclock further again if you wish. Hope this helps!
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If you get the AM3 Phenom II X4 965, you will be able to upgrade to the AMD thuban six core monster coming out soon with your existing motherboard!
March 22, 2010 7:31:49 PM

fencer55 said:
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If you get the AM3 Phenom II X4 965, you will be able to upgrade to the AMD thuban six core monster coming out soon with your existing motherboard!

Not true X6 will probably work with AM3 and i even heard of AM2+ support.
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