How good is this CPU?

Doing research on what cpu to get for my budget of 160.00. This one looks promising.

Is this one ok.....or am I barking up the wrong tree?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103923
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  1. As a CPU it is an excellent one! (We don't know your application).
  2. While the i5-2500k is only $10 more than your budget at microcenter, you may not have one near you. The 975BE is a fine processor but cannot match the i5 in raw computing ability. The BE will game just fine if thats your concern while the i5 will do equally (or better in cpu intensive games) as well but surpass the BE in cpu intensive applications like editing/rendering video.
  3. I had the slightly bigger brother of that one, the PhII X4 980BE. At stock speed, it could run any modern game I have with my 2 GTX 570s @ 1920x1080 with max settings and high frame rates. If there was any bottleneck, it wasn't noticable. Here's where they stands in the gaming CPU hierarchy:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html
  4. be nice to know what you're trying to put together and what your budget is....... however....

    I have a lot of different hardware to mess with. If it's AMD you want I would get a 955 or a 965 and save the 30 or 40 and put it towards something else. You really won't notice the difference.

    I game using a 775/q9550 and it's quicker than anything AMD has to this point. Sorry but true.

    If you don't have anything set in concrete I would look at the 1155 processors. Quicker yet.
  5. swifty_morgan said:


    I game using a 775/q9550 and it's quicker than anything AMD has to this point. Sorry but true.

    .

    According to Tom's Hardware's Gaming CPU Hierarchy Chart, that's not what they have found...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

    Close, but the Phenom II X4 980/975 rank a tier above.
  6. I could give a flying lump about what tom's has to say about it. I use these machines. I don't run automated benchmarks. There is a difference.
  7. swifty_morgan said:
    I could give a flying lump about what tom's has to say about it. I use these machines. I don't run automated benchmarks. There is a difference.

    I have had both the Q9550 and the PhII X4 980BE. MY findings are that Tom's is right. But we can agree to disagree.
  8. I5-2400???
  9. clutchc said:
    I have had both the Q9550 and the PhII X4 980BE. MY findings are that Tom's is right. But we can agree to disagree.


    i find it more responsive.
  10. clutchc said:
    According to Tom's Hardware's Gaming CPU Hierarchy Chart, that's not what they have found...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

    Close, but the Phenom II X4 980/975 rank a tier above.



    The Core2Quads and Phenom IIs have very similar clock for clock performance thus the higher stock clock speeds of the Phenom II 975/980 make them rank higher on the tier list. They both top out in the ~4Ghz range overclocked though.
  11. Right now my PC has a Athlon II X2 at 3.0 GHZ which I believe is bottlenecking my ATI Radeon 7850 oc edition. Dont want to upgrade the motherboard just yet to except intel processors.
  12. at this point in time more cores will yield better performance. get one that has L3 cache on it.......... if the one you selected up top is the one you want, get it. it'll be fine as long as your motherboard supports it.
  13. Thanks for the reply! Do any of you think my cpu is bottlenecking my gpu? Thats the main reason I am upgrading.
    Her is the motherboard that I have.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128455

    It is a socket AM3 and the cpu that I want to get at the top of the page is an AM3. But it is a 125 watt cpu....can it run it. This is the psu that I have.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
  14. motherboard will support processor. power supply is good. yes, your set up will hold back the performance of the video card. wouldn't worry about it. My machine holds back my cards and I have good gaming experiences.
  15. But will this cpu that I want to get bottleneck it?
  16. honaw_12 said:
    But will this cpu that I want to get bottleneck it?



    A Phenom II x4 975 will not bottleneck an HD 7850.

    Your power supply is a very good one and will handle everything you listed just fine.
  17. Ok great....thanks! I dont like spending huge amounts of money for pc harware and AMD provides cheap performance.
  18. anort3 said:
    The Core2Quads and Phenom IIs have very similar clock for clock performance thus the higher stock clock speeds of the Phenom II 975/980 make them rank higher on the tier list. They both top out in the ~4Ghz range overclocked though.

    I just sold my Q9550 w/HSF on ebay. I was shocked at the bidding war for it. I was able to get almost as much as I originally paid for it new.
  19. clutchc said:
    I just sold my Q9550 w/HSF on ebay. I was shocked at the bidding war for it. I was able to get almost as much as I originally paid for it new.



    I know it. LGA 775 was around forever it seemed and alot of people out there still don't want to upgrade their whole system. The 9xxx series quads are still great chips if overpriced a bit. I have never seen a CPU line retain it's value like they have though.
  20. anort3 said:
    I know it. LGA 775 was around forever it seemed and alot of people out there still don't want to upgrade their whole system. The 9xxx series quads are still great chips if overpriced a bit. I have never seen a CPU line retain it's value like they have though.

    I recently bought a refurbished desktop with a Q9550, and I am very pleasantly surprised at the great performance at stock speeds (no OC)!
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