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September 14, 2012 7:56:30 PM

When I post anything about CPUs on this forum, most responses I get tell me to get a Phenom II X4 965. Why would I choose this over the newer AMD FX Piledrivers? Is the only reason because the Phenoms are easily overclocked or something? Thanks :) 

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September 14, 2012 8:13:47 PM

ChaseCTech said:
When I post anything about CPUs on this forum, most responses I get tell me to get a Phenom II X4 965. Why would I choose this over the newer AMD FX Piledrivers? Is the only reason because the Phenoms are unlocked? Thanks :) 

My Planned Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hrJj


I just had this issue myself, I went with the masses, videos and benches and got the 965be.

1. Cheaper
2. Out games all FX Chips
3. Runs cooler
4. Easy to Overclock

Get a PiiX4 965be and a good cooler then change the voltage to 1.512 and OC it above 4ghz trust me its powerful.
Best AMD chip ive bought and I own an FX-8150.
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September 14, 2012 8:17:46 PM

catshannon said:
I just had this issue myself, I went with the masses, videos and benches and got the 965be.

1. Cheaper
2. Out games all FX Chips
3. Runs cooler
4. Easy to Overclock

Get a PiiX4 965be and a good cooler then change the voltage to 1.512 and OC it above 4ghz trust me its powerful.
Best AMD chip ive bought and I own an FX-8150.
nice! anyone wanna disagree?
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September 14, 2012 8:36:32 PM

Also... unless you do allot of rendering or ridicules multi-tasking I see no reason to buy a FX chip.
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September 14, 2012 8:44:42 PM

Heres another current PII Vs Fx thread, saves everyone reposting the same advice :) 
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/347487-10-6100-phen...
I'd also read the Black edition clocking guide, you may find you get 4GHz on less voltage than Catshannons experience, every chip is different :) 
But yes, PII's clock like hell and I chose a 975 over the Fx8150 a year ago,
and got a very good one :) 

I'm on water though, not aircooling
Moto
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September 14, 2012 9:06:43 PM

Get Intel unless you are broke and can only go for a Phenom II. I chucked my Phenom II a week and a bit ago. Its simply too slow. Even at 1080p it was holding my 7950 back.
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September 14, 2012 9:24:42 PM

Smeg45 said:
Get Intel unless you are broke and can only go for a Phenom II. I chucked my Phenom II a week and a bit ago. Its simply too slow. Even at 1080p it was holding my 7950 back.


i5 2400k end of thread
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September 14, 2012 9:26:58 PM

catshannon said:
i5 2400k end of thread


There is no 2400K, you mean 3570K?
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September 14, 2012 9:34:15 PM

The build as shown is incredibly lopsided towards processor centric tasks.

Are you going to try to game with this machine at all?

If so, a 6750 is not a great card to game on, its a tad below what I would call the bare minimum (6770 level).

Sound card is probably unnecessary and a waste of $ in light of the video card thing. The SSD too. For a gaming PC, I would skip both of these and get a HD 6850 or a cheap 6870 if you can find it.

Also, if you get the copy of Windows shown then you won't have a legal license for it.

In any event, whether you get a Phenom 2 x4 965 or an FX-4170 neither one would hold back the 6750 very much if that's the card you end up getting.

Smeg45 said:
There is no 2400K, you mean 3570K?


I think he is trying to make some kind of joke about Intel fanboys.
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September 15, 2012 1:14:33 AM

Smeg45 said:
Get Intel unless you are broke and can only go for a Phenom II. I chucked my Phenom II a week and a bit ago. Its simply too slow. Even at 1080p it was holding my 7950 back.
lol im using a 6750 nowhere close to a 7950
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September 15, 2012 1:16:09 AM

Raiddinn said:
The build as shown is incredibly lopsided towards processor centric tasks.

Are you going to try to game with this machine at all?

If so, a 6750 is not a great card to game on, its a tad below what I would call the bare minimum (6770 level).

Sound card is probably unnecessary and a waste of $ in light of the video card thing. The SSD too. For a gaming PC, I would skip both of these and get a HD 6850 or a cheap 6870 if you can find it.

Also, if you get the copy of Windows shown then you won't have a legal license for it.

In any event, whether you get a Phenom 2 x4 965 or an FX-4170 neither one would hold back the 6750 very much if that's the card you end up getting.



I think he is trying to make some kind of joke about Intel fanboys.
i might crossfire them later on if i end up needing more power... the only thing i really plan on playing is CoD at 1152 x 864 res xD
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September 15, 2012 1:16:36 AM

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