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Phemon ii x6 1055t or phenom ii x4 965

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July 22, 2010 5:37:55 PM

Hey all,

there is a $20 dollar difference between these two CPUs, I play games mainly.

price set aside, which one would better suit me?

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July 22, 2010 5:39:46 PM

For gaming, the X4 965.
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July 22, 2010 5:42:28 PM

If you know how to oc the 1055t will suite you better because games that are coming out in the near future will be able to use the six cores. Only downside to the 1055t is that you will also have to know how to oc without the multiplier.
If overclocking isn't an option, go for the x4 965 BE
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July 22, 2010 5:52:18 PM

well, i'm over clocked right now, all I did was change the PCI-Express to 100 then changed the frequency, outside of that I know very little about OCing, however I can follow instructions and I have no doubt that someone will have posted how they OCed the 1055t, as long as my MB will let me (MA785M-US2H)
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July 22, 2010 5:53:16 PM

I don't know that I'd count on future compatibility. Even if gaming can take advantage of all 6 cores, games aren't generally CPU intensive, and the ones that are generally aren't GPU intensive (RTS) and still won't really hog all an X4 has to offer.

Let's look at a review shall we?
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-phenom-ii-x6-10...

Same thing, overclocked:


X6 just isn't a gaming CPU. It's for professional applications for encoding and similar CPU intensive utilities.

That said, for only a $20 difference, and looking at the relatively small FPS difference, the X6 is a good deal. Also, make sure you get a DX11 GPU since DX11 supports multithreading much better than ever before (DX10.1 and lower)
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July 22, 2010 5:57:24 PM

Ah but, more and more games are taking advantage of threading their games. My guess is that within 6 months we will have a line of games that will be able to take full advantage of the 6 cores. I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I'm right, Intel wouldn't let there six core beast become useless in gaming, if anything they'll persuade game companies to utilize six cores by flashing some money in front of them... Good for intel, good for amd, and good for competition.

But if you want what is best for the now. Definetly buy the 965
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July 22, 2010 6:13:05 PM

ok so i'm getting mixed opinions, the whole reason for the cpu upgrade is because I recently bought a GTX470 and my current processor (E7200 2.53) is holding that card back. I have 4 gigs of DDR2 1066 and cannot afford to upgrade that. my MB is AM3/AM2+/AM2)

Just for less confusion, I just bought that MB and don't have a CPU for it yet.
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July 22, 2010 6:16:57 PM

What it all comes down to is, your opinion and decision. No one can give you a definitive answer (most of the time).
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July 22, 2010 6:23:03 PM

Yeah, you'll just have to choose based on whatever information you can get. Like Computerrock1 and I have pointed out, the X4 is a little better for games right now but down the road the X6 might be able to surpass it. Both can overclock.

For $20 difference, I guess there's no reason not to go with the X6 since ultimately that 2 FPS difference is pretty minor, and a GTX470 is plenty for most games.
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July 22, 2010 6:43:53 PM

Thanks all for your help, I appreciate it.
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