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If I hadn't been given a $200 or so flexibility to move to a DDR3 platform as opposed to choosing AM2+, the 940 would've been my first AMD chip redface.gif and I bought around the same time you did initially.  But, if I had went with the 940, taking on a 1055T 6 months later would have been more difficult. So no regrets!

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940BE chugging along nicely here too. I actually "sidegraded" to a secondhand 940BE from my x3 720 that I first bought 3 years ago, cos BF3 would run better with a quad. 940 was the highest cpu my mobo would support (actually, a 945 is the highest, but I couldn't find one at the time, and I wanted a BE version). Bought it second hand, and has been doing fine, although the entire setup just powers down randomly without any BSOD or anything in the event viewer. It might last an hour, it might last 2 days before a shutdown, and it never happens when gaming (I can game for hours on end), only when idling or browsing on the desktop. It might be a PSU issue that I need to sort out, or maybe the mobo is starting to cry out after 3 years of medium level abuse (no super hardcore clocking, nothing too far over 3.4Ghz).

As long as I sort out this shutdown issue, this setup should last me a couple of years I would think. The 6950 made a huge difference to my old 4870xfire setup. 6950 was also purchased second hand, and after selling my own parts, the overall 940 + 6950 upgrade cost me around $100 - great value upgrade for BF3 and breathes new life into my PC for the next couple of years.
 
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Yeah I'm planning on buying a 7870 GHz edition Asus card on New egg. Should be a massive bump from my crossfire 4830.

I plan on replacing my keyboard and mouse with some Tt esports stuff I found on new egg.
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I have NO idea *** cpu's amd has anymore or how they compare to the deneb chips, but as far as I know, my 940be should still be fine for a bit longer.

Don't worry, AMD hasn't really done anything on the CPU front over the last 3 years that changes the validity of your deneb.
     
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Don't worry, AMD hasn't really done anything on the CPU front over the last 3 years that changes the validity of your deneb.

Besides more cores and their apu chips that's what I've noticed too. That and higher air cooled clock speeds. Performance wise it looks like a gpu upgrade would do me good for a few more years. I'm planning on buiilding a simple Athlon II setup for my gf using my cards and some basic nice parts for pretty cheap. Gonna put both of our systems into antec p183 cases and paint hers
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lol cpus seem to last forever amd and intels i have a q6600 that i got in 2007 still going strong even with it folding and hitting 100c sometimes lol it has outlasted mutiple boards that got killed by storms and other things.
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Ya I noticed that too. The cpu market has hit a wall but the gpu market is forever evolving

I'm glad every day that I got my powersupply when I did. 850 watts will last a long time. I always planned on upgrading my system but I wanted to never need a powersupply upgrade. Currently my system pulls an absolute maximum of 530 watts from the wall IIRC
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Ya I noticed that too. The cpu market has hit a wall but the gpu market is forever evolving
I'm glad every day that I got my powersupply when I did. 850 watts will last a long time. I always planned on upgrading my system but I wanted to never need a powersupply upgrade. Currently my system pulls an absolute maximum of 530 watts from the wall IIRC

cpu market will only go so far till software really starts to catch up and take advantage of more cores and features.
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Yo Nenkitsune and other 940 users, what kind of temps are you getting with your 940s? My one runs super hot for some reason. 30C ambients, running at mid to high 40s idle. Flirts around 60C under Prime95 load, or around 55C during BF3 at 3.2Ghz.

I've re-mounted the cooler a number of times, lapped the cpu and cooler, excellent case flow etc. Maybe its just cos I have an older C2 125W version...
 
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Older 125 watt? Dude those are newer. I've got a 140 watt chip at 1.52 v with a big noctura isles at 45 and loads at like high 50s and low 60s.

I wish I got a newer 125 am2+ 940be. It's been like that for 3years. Never remounted the cooler and running ic diamond 7
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