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February 1, 2012 11:16:50 PM


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8 (2 x 4gb)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425 $40
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767 $95
NZXT GAMMA Classic Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061 $40
Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767 $85
XFX Pro Series 450W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207018 $39
Asus 24x DVD burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $19
XFX 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561 $160

Ok so heres my problem. I had planed on geting a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, but apparently its been deactivated on newegg and other sites are just expensive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808 $125

My question is what are some other CUPS that would be equally good for around same price. It has been suggested i get the
960T, but it has .2 less GHZ, does that matter? could i easily OC it to 3.2 on each core? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-103-995&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

any suggestions will be appreciated and i thank you!

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2012 11:57:06 PM

One route is to go with the lower power consuming Phenom II x4 960T, which can be overclocked to 3.2GHz easily or going with AMD's new Bulldozer FX 4100 cpu since your motherboard should support the CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the 200Mhz clock difference:
You will NOT see a difference btwn a 3.0GHz clock and a 3.2Ghz Clock, the difference is negligible so you shouldn't worry
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February 2, 2012 12:52:47 AM

r0aringdrag0n said:
One route is to go with the lower power consuming Phenom II x4 960T, which can be overclocked to 3.2GHz easily or going with AMD's new Bulldozer FX 4100 cpu since your motherboard should support the CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the 200Mhz clock difference:
You will NOT see a difference btwn a 3.0GHz clock and a 3.2Ghz Clock, the difference is negligible so you shouldn't worry

The link u posTed was for an amd fx? R you suggesting it? I guess I'll get thE 960t and figure out how to oc it. Over clocking it that little shouldn't require any extra CPU cooling should it? I'll have a few case fans
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 2, 2012 9:40:49 AM

paulhaley2000 said:
The link u posTed was for an amd fx? R you suggesting it? I guess I'll get thE 960t and figure out how to oc it. Over clocking it that little shouldn't require any extra CPU cooling should it? I'll have a few case fans


As I previously said
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One route is to go with the lower power consuming Phenom II x4 960T, which can be overclocked to 3.2GHz easily or going with AMD's new Bulldozer FX 4100 cpu since your motherboard should support the CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103996

I meant this: AMD Phenom II x4 960T is a good CPU, if you want another CPU though, the FX-4100 is also a pretty good CPU that is cheaper. Also, it should be mad easy to OC the CPU a few changes in the BIOS, and you shouldn't need an aftermarket HSF if you are just OCing by 200Mhz. As I also said before: The 200Mhz difference is negligible and you really shouldn't notice a difference in performance
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February 2, 2012 10:39:59 AM

Since you gonna be gaming:

Fx-4100 is a good (I wanted to write bad.. but let's just not be that harsh) CPU. But for your own sake. If you want AMD stick with 960T.
If you want an Intel, an i3-2100 or better should be better yet! (again.. gaming is the focus)

Just take a look at that review: (for 960T performance consider the Phenom II X4 955 as similar)
Picking A Sub-$200 Gaming CPU: FX, An APU, Or A Pentium?
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February 2, 2012 11:09:40 AM

I agree with Vitornob, the FX range isn't that great. Stick with the 960T.
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February 2, 2012 11:26:00 AM

Phenom II 960T is almost identical to the Phenom II 955 the main differences on the 960T is the 2 extra dormant cores and a lower TDP which for simplicities sake for you means that 960T would be a good CPU if you were originally looking for a 955. Generally speaking a 400mhz OC is easy attainable safely on stock AMD box coolers and really you will be safe will a 3.4ghz OC on the 960T. I have my Deneb 955 running on a Hyper 212+ cooler without the fan (passively cooled) @ 3.6ghz and temps never go above 43c when gaming. 960T is a very cool running chip so no need to worry about OCing heat.
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