I mainly use the PC for working in Photoshop and gaming (Guild Wars mostly; I want to be able to run SWTOR and GW2 smoothly) and am considering buying a new processor in mid January 2012.
I have been unable to find an AMD Phenom II X4 955 (95W), which seems to come highly recommended around these parts, so was considering this 960T. I *think* it's compatible with my motherboard (the item model number given on Amazon UK differs slightly from that on ASRock's site).
Is the 960T compatible? If so, is it a good choice or are there better alternatives? Would I even see an appreciable increase in performance?
Unfortunately I live in the UK so can't buy from that site.
According to this page, HD96ZTWFK4DGR "is an OEM/tray microprocessor" and HD96ZTWFGRBOX "is a boxed microprocessor". The code on Amazon UK is HD96ZTWFK4DGR(BE) which is almost identical to the second no.; I assume the (BE) stands for Black Edition and was just omitted on Amazon. Or am I way off? XD
Yes the chip will work on your motherboard.
960t is 95 watts
The motherboard supports the 95 watt 6 core chips
there is no reason this will not work except an old version of the bios.
the 955 BE is a 125 watt chip so it is no good for you.