Just a quick price check on this. Is this chip worth getting for $100 new? I see that it has been phased out at a lot of the retail sites. Any issues with this chip? Sorry I don't know much about these processors. Thanks.
I just realized that you can't utilize DDR3 memory . Anyways, I'm getting new ram also. Which would be more bang for my buck? The phenom II x4 940 3.0 for $100 and get ddr2 memory or go with athlon II x3 440 for $70 and get the newer memory. I hear ddr2 is already phased out so would the latter be the better choice? I can save $30 bucks and maybe even unlock the 4th core.
I've got a Phenom II X4, nothing wrong with it, it was just the first Phenom II released and only had a DDR2 memory controller. I also see nothing wrong with getting one today unless your worried about future upgradeability, than you should go AM3 with DDR3.
Depending on what you use the computer for, an Athlon II X3 may or may not be better bang for buck.
For $100 the 3.0 Ghz AM2+ Phenom II X4 940 BE is a great deal especially if you have an AM2+ motherboard.On a new build going with the older AM2+ motherboards and DDR2 RAM isn't so bad except for upgradability issues.
Even if one had a AM3 motherboard/DDR3 RAM and AM3 specific CPU's one might find out that it is just not worth it to upgrade the CPU in the future when AMD will have newer (i.e. Bulldozer) CPU's working on newer type motherboards.
Here is a benchmark comparison between the Phenom II X4 940 and the Athlon X3 440. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/80?vs=119
BTW I just recently built 2 AM2+ 785G type motherboard budget systems and on one I did choose the Phenom II X4 940 BE CPU for one of them.The other system I used a spare Athlon II X2 240 CPU for that one.
I would go with a am3 cpu. am3 will be around for a while to come and a am3 BE will scale through overclocking as your board is upgraded. OS has a lot to do with it too. If you can afford to move OS's then feel comfortable upgrading but if you are buying OEM then be wary that every new board will require another $100 dollar OS to go with it.