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Phenom ii x4 945 vs 965

I'm about to upgrade my processor and I am trying to decide between the 945 or the 965BE. I'm not into overclocking but is the unlocked multiplier the only difference between the two? (other than the slightly higher clock on the 965) I am into gaming but my rig is a bit of an older one and I don't have the cash to go all out and get a new mobo and one of the FX series CPUs. Also I have seen many people say that the stock fans aren't good, so I was looking at some cheaper after market fans.

This is what I was looking at: COOLER MASTER Vortex Plus RR-VTPS-28PK-R1 92mm Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

I have also seen great reviews of the Hyper 212 but it won't fit my case and I just want something cheap and quiet that will keep the CPU cool even after hours of gaming.
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  1. I wouldsuggest the 965BE and this aftermarket cpu cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  2. Well since you said the Hyper 212 EVO will not fit your case then try the TX3
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064
    I vote for the 965 be as well.

    In addition, let us know you case model, we can double check if it fits or not.
  3. Whoops, ya I should have put the case. I have the NZXT. Gamma. I also have an exhaust fan right above the CPU so I don't think the Hyper 212, or any style like that would fit but I could be wrong. Also could someone please explain why I should go with the 965 even if I'm not overclocking? Other than it being 0.4GHZ faster and having an unlocked multiplier whats the difference?
  4. Well I voted for the 965 because of the clock speeds and both processors have basically the same architecture. Anyways what's the price difference between the two? If its big then you may want to side with the 945 and if its really small then 965 is the better choice.
  5. I believe the 965's $84 on the Egg today, not sure about the 945's price but I'd vote 965 anyway
    Moto
  6. Well, they had the 945 on TigerDirect for about $64 but I don't see it on there anymore so the 965 it is. However if I'm going to use aftermarket cooling should I save $10 and get the 965 OEM from Tiger? Or should I stick to the retail box from the Egg?
  7. Yep just get the OEM one, I got my 955 Black edition as the OEM one on tigerdirect and I saved quite a bit of money. Either way the stock cooler is no good for overclocking.
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    beau75 said:
    Well, they had the 945 on TigerDirect for about $64 but I don't see it on there anymore so the 965 it is. However if I'm going to use aftermarket cooling should I save $10 and get the 965 OEM from Tiger? Or should I stick to the retail box from the Egg?


    if you are using an aftermarket cooler then there is no need to pay extra for the retail version that costs extra for a HSF you won't use.
  9. ct1615 said:
    if you are using an aftermarket cooler then there is no need to pay extra for the retail version that costs extra for a HSF you won't use.


    Thanks!
  10. Best answer selected by beau75.
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