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#1 RainbowSix

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 02:39 PM

I would like to replace my Athlon II x2 with a quad core soon. I would consider myself a casual PC gamer, but I would like to get better performance on new games such as Battlefield Bad company 2. I'm not necessarily looking for the best supported CPU as much as the best deal. Here are a few I am looking at:

AMD Phenom X4 9850 $75.99
AMD Phenom X4 9950 $85.99
AMD Athlon II X4 635 $100.49

so... which of the above is the best value?
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 03:11 PM

In my unknowing opinion...the Athlon II processor runs at faster clock speed and is more energy-efficient. Not to say that those things are really important to me...they are differentials when looking at CPUs.

I don't know the impact of gaming on a processor decision (I don't game) but...if those were my options, that would be my choice.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 03:46 PM

I myself am leaning towards the athlon II x4. I forgot to say before but I will also be using an aftermarket cooler (this one) but apparently it won't work well on either of the Phenoms so I'll have to find another if I go that route.
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 04:18 PM

I would like to replace my Athlon II x2 with a quad core soon. I would consider myself a casual PC gamer, but I would like to get better performance on new games such as Battlefield Bad company 2. I'm not necessarily looking for the best supported CPU as much as the best deal. Here are a few I am looking at:

AMD Phenom X4 9850 $75.99
AMD Phenom X4 9950 $85.99
AMD Athlon II X4 635 $100.49

so... which of the above is the best value?


I'd go with the Phenom X4 9950 as it has 2MB L3 cache and can be overclocked: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/735/12/

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 04:48 PM

well, technically they all can be overclocked, the black edition just has a unlocked multiplier which allows for higher overclocking, however, not everyone likes to overclock but Im more of a phenom fan myself and would choose a phenom over a athlon for gaming.

Edited by the_patriot09, 02 August 2010 - 04:49 PM.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 05:15 PM

The Black Edition allows for simple overclocking by just raising the CPU multiplier, as opposed to messing with HyperTransport bus speeds and multipliers.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 01:10 PM

I've heard about cooling issues with the Phenom. Will this cooler be enough?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...5-125-_-Product

Well after looking at benchmarks, I've eliminated the Phenom x4 9950 because the difference is very marginal compared to the 9850.
I also do not plan to overclock; at least not anytime soon.

Edited by RainbowSix, 03 August 2010 - 01:18 PM.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 03:30 PM

Yes, that AC Freezer 64 Pro will be perfect for overclocking.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:22 PM

I've heard about cooling issues with the Phenom. Will this cooler be enough?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...5-125-_-Product

Well after looking at benchmarks, I've eliminated the Phenom x4 9950 because the difference is very marginal compared to the 9850.
I also do not plan to overclock; at least not anytime soon.


Cooling has often been AMDs downfall, and the phenom does run hot, however a good cooler and a well ventilated case should be able to handle it, and that cooler Should be more then fine. Heck, the last phenom I installed I used the stock heatsink with a CM 690 case, and had no cooling issues with it.

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