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AMD phenom x4 965 BE or Intel i5-760

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November 9, 2010 8:15:10 AM

having a hardtime trying to decide!

i5-760 - 169.99
asrock p55 extream 4 150.00

= 320.00

AMD phenom x4 965 BE 159.99
MSI 890FXA-GD70 179.99

= 340.00

which route would you go with??

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November 9, 2010 11:47:04 AM

Neither. I'd switch the X4 965 for a 955 (they're the same CPU, just the 965 has a slight factory overclock, which you can get by increasing the multiplier by one. You don't even need an aftermarket cooler). I'd also switch that expensive board for either the ASRock 870 Extreme3 or an Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3. The 955 will save $10, the ASRock board would save $95 or the Asus would save $40.

I wouldn't go with Intel right now. The LGA1156 and LGA1366 sockets are supposed to be replaced within a matter of weeks (possibly a few months), making the sockets (and thus the CPUs) obsolete. You won't have an upgrade path.
a b À AMD
November 9, 2010 12:41:58 PM

What is the usage and do you need crossfire/SLi support? If your gaming what graphics card are you getting?
November 9, 2010 6:27:12 PM

Best answer selected by tian105.