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August 4, 2010 8:46:01 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




http://www.amazon.com/AMD-HDZ940XCGIBOX-Phenom-3-0GHz-P...




The 940 is a 8mb version and the 965 is only 6+ mb version which one would be better for gaming, also i will be ocing the cpu so the 940 might actually be okay after that anyways help me make my decision. The amd 955 is pretty good deal to although it also is only the 6 mb version like the 965











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August 4, 2010 8:52:03 PM

They have the same amount of cache, Amazon just doesn't specify the difference between L2 and L3 cache. If you look closely, newegg shows 4 x 512KB L2 cache + 6MB L3 cache. That is the same as simply saying 8MB cache.

The main differences are that the 940 is an AM2+ only processor and doesn't have a DDR3 memory controller, the 945/955/965 are AM3 processors with a DDR3 and DDR2 memory controller making them compatible with AM2+ motherboards. The 955/965 are also on a newer stepping and overclock better than the 940.
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August 4, 2010 10:03:42 PM

thanks alot man that is a big help i will mark as the best answere after a few days when i get some other good advice!
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August 5, 2010 7:53:25 AM

Actually you should go with neither of those... go with the 955. If you plan to overclock, it can hit the same speeds. if you plan to just use it at stock clocks, you wont even notice the slight difference in them.
LoneNinja was right above... the main difference here will be whether you're upgrading a previiouss system with ddr2 or building a new system with DDR3

Most mobos offer updated bios to use the newer 955/965 processors (am3) in an older AM2 socket
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August 5, 2010 8:30:44 AM

Well as lowriderflow said, neither.

The 940 is not a terrible CPU, but it is AM2+ and since your building now, you might as well future-proof. Also the 965, just isn't worth it, you might as well get the i5-750 or the 1055T. The 955 is basically in between everything and since the 955 is actually AM3 there is DDR3 support, it has the newest stepping (C3), and it is the best value.

However, the L3 cache also hardly matters :p  It'll help a tiny bit, but in-gaming it's hardly noticable. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/athlon-l3-cache,241...

As for the CPU choice, although the 955 is the best choice of the AMD line of Phenoms. What is your primary use of this computer? And are you going to be playing on graphically intensive games, and are you going to be running multi-threaded apps -ALOT- Then at this point we could consider a CPU that is an even better deal.
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August 5, 2010 8:42:35 AM

get the 955 BE , C3 stepping, which would overclock better.There is no point in getting a six -core unless you are into heavy multitasking, audio-video editing/transcoding, etc.
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August 5, 2010 8:45:36 AM

Umm.... To that, it's quite debatable. Because the 1055T can actually OC better than the 955 :p  Since the 1055T i'm pretty sure runs C3 as well, it also has been proven to be able OC to 4.0ghz with adequate cooling, such as the Venomous X (Dual fan) or Prolimatech Megahalem
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August 5, 2010 8:49:00 AM

aznshinobi said:
Umm.... To that, it's quite debatable. Because the 1055T can actually OC better than the 955 :p  Since the 1055T i'm pretty sure runs C3 as well, it also has been proven to be able OC to 4.0ghz with adequate cooling, such as the Venomous X (Dual fan) or Prolimatech Megahalem

Yes, but I'm talking about the quad-cores.Among them the 955 seems to be the best choice.
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August 5, 2010 8:51:10 AM

Oh Yeah tamz_msc i agree with you completely based solely on quads :D  I love my 955
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August 12, 2010 2:24:54 PM

Best answer selected by urbansaint.
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