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AMD Phenom HTPC Question

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September 18, 2012 7:18:35 PM

I am building my first HTPC and for a money standpoint I was going to use a AMD Phenom 9650 95 Watts on a MSI board that I already have. I was wondering if this would be an ok choice for a some what low power, quiet and low temp set -up.

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September 18, 2012 9:06:59 PM

a 9650 is low power and low temp?
Sorry but the phenom series runs hot. I'm not saying that you cant have a decent quiet system, you just need proper cooling and airflow to achieve that.
If your board will take a phenom2 I would definitely suggest one of those over the phenom 1.
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September 18, 2012 9:13:27 PM

As already mentioned the old Phenoms were like the old Pentium 4's, slow and hot. Do you know what type of motherboard you have? If not you can download CPU-z that will tell you everything including your motherboard and socket. Phenom II and Atlhlon II with C3 stepping will perform better and running a little cooler than the old Phenom I's.
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September 18, 2012 9:19:53 PM

My bad it is a phenom 2 with cool and quiet tech its suposed to run below 60 degees and it's 95w instead of 125w. I have a Zelmanafter market CPU cooler and fan control if I need it.
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September 18, 2012 9:22:11 PM

Well unless u want to buy a lower wattage phenom quad core which have "e" after or buy a new new one then use the one u got with a good cheap cooler like 212 evo, for just htpc unless its in a cabinet shouldnt get real hot or loud
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September 18, 2012 9:25:49 PM

lol how do u mix up a phenom I with a II? or was the O/0 after the 965 in the model number?
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September 19, 2012 2:43:12 AM

down volt and down clock it. You don't need all that cpu power in an htpc, you might as well save some energy.
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September 19, 2012 3:11:11 AM

If u can just turn off 2 cores if the motherboard has the option. ^ or do that