-Play games that are dual and quad threaded
-have overclockability possibility (I've always overclocked my CPU's so I'd like to have this ability.)
-Be able to maintain multiple processes (as we speak I have about 8 tabs and 5 programs open including skype)
But please tell me the pros/cons. Not which is necessarily better since I need to make this decision in the end.
I'll use it with a Radeon HD 6950.
Quick Note: I doubt I will upgrade until 1-2 years from now (regarding CPU). It's a component that I'll be holding on to for some time and I'm saying 1-2 years as a minimum (you know, it always varies but I want to utilize it) so while I know a lot of you will suggest the upgradeability to things like i5-2500k's, I'd rather hear about the power of the two processors.
Not that I'm not considering the eventual upgradeability of the processor mind you! But I don't plan to spend $100-200 a year on processors.
Thanks in advance! Welcome to all Intel and AMD fanboys, but put that aside and recognize the flaws in your favorite cards please please please!
Thank you very much. I think I might go with the Phenom 2 because of unlocked multiplier.
Only the Black Editions have unlocked multipliers, actually. The PII X4 965 BE is the de facto standard for anyone getting a PII CPU.
July 28, 2012 4:45:14 AM
Even though a wide lot of Phenom II have unlocked multipliers, the i series with there lower TDP and better lithography makes it a better candidate. However, unlocked multipliers are exclusive for the i5 and better.
Non BE Phenom II's nowadays are rare and aren't sold on Newegg.
If you go with the i3, you can get an i5 or i7 down the road and get a pretty big upgrade from it, and if you go with the 965BE, you have good performance now, but depending on how good Piledriver is, an upgrade may never be worth it coming from the 965BE.
You would need to get an AM3+ board to even make a Piledriver upgrade possible though.
By the way, is there any software available for OCing i3 outside of the bios?
Not really, but even if there was, I wouldn't recommend it. All it would do is what you can do in the BIOS (assuming you get a Z68/Z77 board) which is rase the BCLK to 103-105Mhz..