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Old 12-14-2009, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What CPU would you get?

I'm looking to start building a new desktop (for gaming) and I'm trying to decide on a CPU.

I'm looking to keep the price around $150-$200USD and I'm not partial to AMD or Intel

Here is what I've found:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor- $185.00

Intel Core i5 750 Qaud Core Processor - $189.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor - $169.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Core Processor Q9400 - $154.97


Let me know what one you would pick and why, and if you have a suggestion of your own please feel free to add it!

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Default Re: What CPU would you get?

It might boil down to what can be put together the cheapest, at the time of the purchase. Combo deals etc... those 4 cpu's are close in speed. Other members may be able to share which one's OC better.

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I know the i5 will beat the 955/965 when oc'ed. At stock speeds they are pretty close.
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I would buy the i5, actually I did hehehe.
Seriously the i5 has better performance when compared clock by clock. On stock speed it's a little faster than the AMDs.
I wouldn't consider the Q9400 since it uses the 775 socket which is becoming obsolete. Neither the AMD 965 since the only difference between the 965 and 955 is the multiplier +1 which you can easily increase in the 955 since it's the black edition.

Resuming, choose between the i5 750 and the AMD 955.
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i5 750, I'd say it's the fastest or it holds the most potential. If I had one it would be running at 4GHz+
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Thanks for the replies everyone. You've helped push me towards the i5.

This pretty much makes it final

Seems like a good deal.
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Seems ok. Don't know if you noticed but that mobo only supports one GPU.
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I would get a Intel i5.AMD is good but Intel is seriously better.If you even had enough money I would really recommend the Intel i7 920 because it has Hyper Threading wich I consider a really good feature and a disadvantage of the i5.
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Default Re: What CPU would you get?

If you're looking for HT you can also get the i7 860 which has HT and uses socket 1156, it's a little cheaper because it uses dual channel, only need two modules of RAM, and the mobos are cheaper.
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