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(I did a search to try and find the answer..couldn't find anything close, so I'm asking for the brain trust here for help)

I've been saving up for a 955be (upgrading my sig rig...finally), however I found a great deal on a phenom II 830 (cheapest i've seen the 955be was $115, and I can pick up a 830 for $49). My question to you guys is this; how big of a difference will the 955be be vs the 830? I'll be (attempting) to overclock both.

Rest of my system is in the sig rig for reference.

(And i'm 99% sure I'll have to upgrade my motherboard for either one....looked to me like the 770de isn't compatible with either chip).

Thoughts? (and thanks in advance for any advice!)
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I'd say the 830 for $50 is by far the route to go. It's got the L3 cache unlike the 840, so it really is just a multiplier locked phenom II.

I don't know how well they overclock being HTT clock bound, but to be honest I would still go into it expecting 3.7-3.8ish if done right, and you're going to be more then fine sitting at that rather then the possible max on the 955 being around 4.

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If I where you. I would get the 955BE. its a beast of a CPU. However there is somthing better than both of what you suggested in your OP.
960t Its a 4 core Thuban based black edition CPU, with a 95W Thermal design. what that means is its a locked down 6 core thuban CPU, with unlocked multi and lower heat output than the Phenom's. Best of all people are having great luck unlocking core's 5 and 6! I see people with unlocked core's hitting 3.6-3.8 easy, some report hitting 4.0 with it. I say get the 960T!
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I just got the 830 the other day. Great upgrade from an Athlon x2 for a budget system.
Not overclocked anything yet, but hoping to get 3.2 out of it.
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If I where you. I would get the 955BE. its a beast of a CPU. However there is somthing better than both of what you suggested in your OP.
960t Its a 4 core Thuban based black edition CPU, with a 95W Thermal design. what that means is its a locked down 6 core thuban CPU, with unlocked multi and lower heat output than the Phenom's. Best of all people are having great luck unlocking core's 5 and 6! I see people with unlocked core's hitting 3.6-3.8 easy, some report hitting 4.0 with it. I say get the 960T!
While I agree the 960t is a beast, you're not looking at the big picture. The 830 can be found for $50 right now, the 960t was $125 last I saw. They will have roughly the same performance clock for clock, and clock probably within a couple hundred MHz of each other. If you're comparing price/performance do I really need to spell it out?
     
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If you're comparing price/performance do I really need to spell it out?
You might have to, seeing how all these people are recommending the 955.

IT HAS OVER 100% MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK.
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I personally love my 955, and itt was on sale for $100 brand new. So with some price matching and beating I bet you can get a hell of a deal for a 955.

Definitely a very good bang for your buck.
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the 955 will OC better and easier having the unlocked multi and starting out higher to begin with (955 is 3.2, 830 is 2.8).
The 830 is a really great deal, but if your looking for the best OC and performance, the 955 is it.

The 830 is really just a renamed 925.
Edited by blupupher - 11/2/11 at 11:04am
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I know the 830 is a good deal. But for overclocking it is going to be difficult to achieve a nice overclock on that. Overclocking with the f s b can be tricky because year overclocking so many different components. But for 50 dollars that is a darn good deal. But if you want to overclock the 955be is the way to go. Or like the other guy said 960t. Both those cpu's are pretty close in price.
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Oh, and BTW, you can get a 955 BE in the FS forum here for $90 right now.
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