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Phenom II x4 965BE vs Phenom II x4 975BE OEM

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June 30, 2012 8:17:35 PM

Okay, So I'm looking to upgrade my CPU on my computer and I can't decide if I should go with the 975 or the 965. Both are Black edition unlocked and both are $120 with free shipping on newegg. Is there really any difference between these besides the 200mhz stock speed? because I plan on overclocking anyway. The differences I see are:

Phenom 965:
$15 promo code until 7/4
3 year warranty
4 copper heatpipe cpu cooler (I might just keep the stock cooler to save money)

Phenom 975:
Only 30 day warranty
Free sub to CPU magazine
Free dirt showdown code
I would have to buy a new cooler, (Either hyper 212+ or Hyper N 520)

So The Phenom 975 + cooler would be $150-155
And the Phenom 965 would be $105(after promo code) + $30-35 if I get a Cooler master heatsink. so $130-135

So im not sure which is better to go with, unless the 975 is much better in a way I haven't found yet, and would let me overclock higher.

Also as far as the Heat sinks go, the hyper 212+ has a $10 rebate making it $20 (assuming i get the rebate)

And is the Hyper N 520 much better than the 212+? I know its quieter, looks cooler, its shorter and it has a Flat copper contact plate. But does it actually have better cooling performance? I couldnt find anything online about that.


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a c 323 à CPUs
June 30, 2012 9:00:15 PM

If you plan on overclocking you shouldnt use the stock cooler of the 965 and you'll need to get one anyways. The 965 gives you a stock cooler to sell or use elsewhere while the 975 doesnt. The 965 and 975 are identical except for the higher stock multiplier of the 975
a b à CPUs
June 30, 2012 9:00:27 PM

Same thing. The 975 might be a little better binning and that would mean you might get an extra MHz or two out of it in overclocking but not sure thats worth the extra $30. Id get the 965 and at least the Hyper 212 or even something better.
July 6, 2012 11:56:21 PM

Best answer selected by ibower12.