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Athelon II 640 with an easy OC to 3.75 Ghz has my vote. I've had better stability with this proc than the lower end Phenom II's. (965 is overkill. save the $50 and run another HD at RAID 0. That'll pick up the pace...
    
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Yes I have several stock heatsinks for this line. They do more than a good enough job for this TDP anyway.
Sounds like you're go to go. Maybe check local classifieds and is if there is a suitable, CPU for cheaper. if not or you don't care, buy it.
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It's necessarily the budget being the problem as it is the motherboard... >.> The mobo I have in mind is mine and it supports a maximum of 95w. I figured it would be perfect for him since he has no idea what overclocking is, it sports plenty of power to boot for whatever game he wants to play, and should last him for whatever kind of GPU upgrade he would like.
     
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not a bad cpu at all if i remember right its a phenom II with the L3 cache disabled. also if you dont mind buying newegg for 109 you can get its big bother the 840 its clocked a bit higher 3.2ghz with the 95w tdp

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-921-_-Product

although I have a feeling from what ive read youll hit the same 3.8ghz ish barrier that most phenom II chips hit when overclocking
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Then go for it is sure it will be fine!
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not a bad cpu at all if i remember right its a phenom II with the L3 cache disabled. also if you dont mind buying newegg for 109 you can get its big bother the 840 its clocked a bit higher 3.2ghz with the 95w tdp

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-921-_-Product

although I have a feeling from what ive read youll hit the same 3.8ghz ish barrier that most phenom II chips hit when overclocking
The 840 was a malfunctioning hexcore, The 820 was a perfectly funtioning Phenom II chip that they made for the budget-minded. I'd prefer to have a quad that has an L3 Cache or sizable L2 Cache.
     
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post #17 of 17
I'd say for what you are using it for the 820 is great.
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