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I have a Microcenter near me, so I can take advantage of their AMD bundles. Either chip would be paired with a GA-990FXA-UD3, with the difference in price being $60, cheaper in favor of the old chip. I would probably also just pick up that wonderful 8GB set of Samgsung low-profile RAM that everyone loves to overclock till it cries. I'm just going to upgrade the computer in my sig rig, and hold off on upgrading it again until I'm out of college (just about to finish freshman year).
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960T!
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8120 could be clocked higher but consumes way more power once past 4.3/4.4GHz.
Clock for clock 960T is better.

And, whichever chip you pick, if you plan serious OC, choose Asus Sabertooth over ud3:thumb:
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I'm probably not going to be doing much heavy overclocking on it. It'll be my desktop rig back home for my parents and for the summer and breaks from school. I'll probably get it to 4GHz, but not much more past that. Just going from what I have now will be so much of an improvement I might not even OC for the time I'm home. I think I can still use my CPU cooler with an AM3/+ socket, no? This upgrade is just to get on roughly the same page as current technology, I'm not going for any records or anything of that sort, just something to make me happy and a little more proud of my computer. wink.gif
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960t is something to be proud of. rolleyes.gif
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No reason to spend more than $100 on an AMD chip. Get the 960T (or FX-4100 if you want to play with the new stuff). Sink more money into the CPU later, once they get the newer architecture figured out.

The microcenter AMD combos are awesome. I wish there was one close to me.
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I just picked up a 960T a week ago and I absolutely love it! I dropped it in my GA 990XA-UD3 board and enabled core unlocking and voila! it is currently running at x6 @ 4.0GHz at 1.42v. Only thing that sucks about unlocking the chip is you lose the ability to use Core Temp =/

I say 960T all the way!
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post #9 of 35
960t unlocked to 6core slightly OC'ed will be something to be proud of without goin to too much trouble or breaking the bank. so naturally i just bought a 8120 :\ (didnt listen to others) its brand new and doesnt work so its put me off fx series. 960t all the way mate smile.gif
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depends how far you want to push the clocks and what you use it for, as well as for how much you could get either chip. personnly, ive seen the 8120 for as low as $170 and thats a steel. the phenoms are faster clock for clock, but if you plan on overclocking to the wall the 8120 will have like a ghz leed on the 960t. i would get the 8120 cause i do alot of video compressing, but if your a gamer then it might not be worth it. i think youll be happy with either

EDIT

see you wont be overclocking this to the wall. in that case, its a question of weather you will ever use the 2 or 4 extra cores. if you will, go 8120. if you wont, then go 960t
Edited by jrl1357 - 4/26/12 at 7:58am
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