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Is Phenom2-x4 960T good enough?

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February 21, 2012 6:57:42 AM

I'm thinking of getting 960T for my desktop for high-qual gaming, but is it good enough?

i don't want to be spending too much.

I'm thinking about $400~500 cost for both motherboard and cpu.

So should i stick with 960T with a $300 botherboard or

go with some other combination.

Please give me a professional advise!!

(which cpu fan/cooler should i get?)

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February 21, 2012 7:39:29 AM

i5-2500k $220
Asus p8z68-v pro/gen 3 $205
Cooler master Hyper 212+ $30
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February 21, 2012 7:39:58 AM

i5-2500k is probably the best gaming cpu for the price.

also 300$ on a motherboard is kind of a lot.
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February 21, 2012 8:06:54 AM

Stay with your 960T buy a 90$ AM3+ motherboard.
ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$
This will support future SLI, Crossfire ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 105$
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 28$ and 18$ after rebates.
And you have money for a new video card or to upgrade your PSU for a future SLI,Crossfire.

Intel build

MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $417.96
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February 21, 2012 8:10:08 AM

sosofm said:
Stay with your 960T buy a 90$ AM3+ motherboard.
ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 28$ and 18$ after rebates.
And you have money for a new video card or to upgrade your PSU for a future SLI,Crossfire.


motherboard doesnt change the scale on gaming too much does it?

cus if it doesnt i'm thinking of going with your suggestion.

but i'm currently thinking of Radeon HD6950, since i'm lowering my motherboard, what GPU should i get instead?
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February 21, 2012 8:57:50 AM

Get the HAWK over the frozr ii
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February 21, 2012 8:57:57 AM

Yes the MSI TwinFrozr II 560ti is good, not just saying that cuz I use it either.

PS: is everyone here a ASROCK sales rep :) 
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February 21, 2012 9:05:19 AM

No i'm not Asrock sale :)  and i'm not even from US.
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February 21, 2012 9:25:13 AM

The 960T is perfectly fine for gaming. I unlcoked my to 6 cores and BF3 strains all 6 cores to about 80% (in 64 player multiplayer). That's at stock speeds. I OCed it from 3 GHz to 3,8 GHz, but haven't checked the usage in BF3 after that.
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February 21, 2012 9:36:18 AM

"The 960T is perfectly fine for gaming" - the i5-2500k is better with the option to get into an Ivy cpu later. It overclocks well and is what most gamers use for a reason - IT IS A GREAT CPU - 4.5GHz is not a given but is a usually obtainable, stable, and efficient OC.
-Bruce
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February 21, 2012 10:04:55 AM

dish_moose said:
the i5-2500k is better


Better, more expensive, with more expensive motherboards. The choice between 960T and 2500k is a choice between CPUs of two different price and performance classes and different platforms. Everyone should consider their needs and capabilities wiseley.
This "Oh, you need a PC for "stuff"? Get a 2500k + Asus P8Z68 + CM Hyper 212!" mentality is quite narrow minded. If he buys a 560Ti, it won't matter if he pairs it with a FX4100 (100$) or 2500k (230$) in games, they will all be limited by the GPU, not a bad thing necesserily, but somethig to consider.
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February 21, 2012 10:19:51 AM

GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 960T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$549
-30 mail rebate thingy (wish we got them in the UK to the extent the US does)

=$519

Teeny bit over after rebate but you get the 448 edition 560ti. I use that mobo and am happy with it.
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February 21, 2012 10:23:10 AM

tulx said:
Better, more expensive, with more expensive motherboards. The choice between 960T and 2500k is a choice between CPUs of two different price and performance classes and different platforms. Everyone should consider their needs and capabilities wiseley.
This "Oh, you need a PC for "stuff"? Get a 2500k + Asus P8Z68 + CM Hyper 212!" mentality is quite narrow minded. If he buys a 560Ti, it won't matter if he pairs it with a FX4100 (100$) or 2500k (230$) in games, they will all be limited by the GPU, not a bad thing necesserily, but somethig to consider.


Well you know how it is here, we try to push the setups out of the affordability of the OP's requirements :lol: 


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February 21, 2012 12:59:40 PM

sarinaide said:
Well you know how it is here, we try to push the setups out of the affordability of the OP's requirements :lol: 


$500 is plenty enough for a 2500k + Mobo + RAM

For heavens sake a 2400 + a H67 mobo would be twice as good as anything AMD has to offer - not to mention cheap enough.

Oh and if we want to lower ourselves to the 960t price range - take a good look at the i3 2100 and its performance. It'll take watercooling and the luckiest chip lottery pull in history with a massive OC to top an i3 with a 960t.
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February 21, 2012 3:34:55 PM

Okay I was trying to be passively neutral, yeah you should so totally get a 2400 and just game, game out of game.
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February 21, 2012 4:11:10 PM

But the thing is, why not get a 2500k? You can keep pushing the cpu more and more every year to be on par with the current cpu's. Where as in amd, you only have 1 more year and basically have out dated cpu's.
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February 21, 2012 8:30:00 PM

Hi :) 

What is it about all the Intel fanboys here :( 

STOP telling people to buy cpus when they dont need them...are you on a backhander from Intel >?

He has a PERFECTLY good gaming cpu in the 960t ...

To the OP...keep your cpu and mobo and invest your money in a big graphics card...assuming yours is not a good one already ?

All the best Brett :) 
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February 21, 2012 8:55:53 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

What is it about all the Intel fanboys here :( 

STOP telling people to buy cpus when they dont need them...are you on a backhander from Intel >?

He has a PERFECTLY good gaming cpu in the 960t ...

To the OP...keep your cpu and mobo and invest your money in a big graphics card...assuming yours is not a good one already ?

All the best Brett :) 


haha i get the feeling there are a lot of undercover intel workers here. every AMD cpu thread turns into a buy intel thread. :lol: 
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February 21, 2012 9:07:59 PM

i think because for his budget he could get better... pointless buying a weaker cpu if you can get a better 1 with a strong motherboard... if he was gonna spend 150-200 then i would say get the 960 but as he intends to spend double that and most of it on a motherboard then why not tell him to spend less on stuff that wont really increase his overall experience. truely only an idiot buys somthing because of the brand on it when it comes to a cpu... even a Scorpius platform wont magically increase performance by more than 2%.
if your gonna spend 400 on upgrades then intel is the only choice based purely on performance...
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February 22, 2012 2:27:37 AM

computernewb said:
haha i get the feeling there are a lot of undercover intel workers here. every AMD cpu thread turns into a buy intel thread. :lol: 

Why not get the 2500k?
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February 22, 2012 3:30:41 AM

amuffin said:
Why not get the 2500k?


im not saying dont get the 2500k im just pointing out what i see :kaola: 
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February 22, 2012 3:42:30 AM

I almost choked on a warm cup of contridiction. Yes there are people recommending Intel chips for the OP's budget, are they wrong to considering it is better for the price and newer, yet the AMD ol faithfull have a lot to say about Intel fanboism yet they do a pretty good job to, or at least crying about it.
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February 22, 2012 9:38:34 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

What is it about all the Intel fanboys here :( 

STOP telling people to buy cpus when they dont need them...are you on a backhander from Intel >?

He has a PERFECTLY good gaming cpu in the 960t ...

To the OP...keep your cpu and mobo and invest your money in a big graphics card...assuming yours is not a good one already ?

All the best Brett :) 


What is this?

Have you seen the benchmarks?

Have you read ANY of the reviews?

It is impossible for a 960t to get to the level of any of the i5 processors with any amount of OCing.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=289 - This is the i3 2100 vs the 955 (Which is faster than the 960T)

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=363 - This is the i5 2400 vs the 955

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=404 - This is the Pentium G840 (A dual core £60 Pentium) vs the 955

This is my favorite benchmark EVER - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

You know what? I'm sounding more like a deranged fanboi every single day. Why? because I get riled up when folks happily recommend £100+ components to people using personal opinion not fact. Folks like this will get hundreds of people a month to buy into something that they think is the best when really, its far from it. This not okay guys, I think you should stop.

[EDIT] Oh and by the way, I was recommending Phenom II 955's for a LONG time - even into the 1st gen Core Arch times, just because it was amazing Price/Performance - Unfortunately all of the Phenom CPUs have been knocked off their spot for Price/Performance by the Core i3's on the 2nd Gen Core Arch.
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February 22, 2012 10:31:21 AM

deadjon said:
What is this?


It is AMDenial, the new chip on the block.

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February 22, 2012 11:11:50 AM

The AMD may not equal intel on BENCHMARKS but the £££ saved allow you to get spend on other areas. Lets be honest a 960t paired with a 560ti 448 or a I5 paired with same card....... are you really going to see much of a difference in REAL WORLD visual performance?

Hell I have just been playing MW3 on a unlocked 960T and a 550ti with the settings maxed and you know what? It ran perfectly well! So what if i didn't have 9 billion FPS I can only see 60 FPS anyway.

I'm not a huge fanboy for AMD but i just think on a budget its still the better choice.
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February 22, 2012 11:25:21 AM

Yes it is enough, if he is already on the platform then it will be a cheap performance boost, but one nonetheless.
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February 22, 2012 12:55:41 PM

Best answer selected by alex3064.
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