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I was planning a phenom ii x4 965 build for some time, Want it to be built by December. So far I found a deal on memory that I couldnt pass up so I have that (will go into my current build.

So my original plan was to go phenom with am3+ mobo, was gonna go with asus, but changed to msi due to asus refusing to adapt new bios to older am3+ mobos to try and score a profit (thats how I understand it atleast). And after exhausting my use with phenom because its all I really need now for gaming; I can later upgrade to steamroller. Well now that has been pushed off so I dont know, maybe I should go with piledriver?

My only concern is how much power piledriver consumes once overclocked. Im really looking for best price/performance and Im confident I can find the 965 on a $70-75 deal..Not sure how fast piledriver will drop but its brand new and not that much more money. I would like this to last me atleast 4-5 years with upgrades.
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Let's not be hasty now, this thread in particular may be of interest:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1319785/any-benchmark-request-going-from-1090t-to-fx-8320
 
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Processors typically don't last 5 years without upgrades. Even my top of the line I7 Extreme Edition is showing age. That said, this processor HAS outlasted lesser processors by several years.


Take home message? Your processor will get outdated, the better it is when you buy it, the longer it will take before being outdated. You can't save money and future proof at the same time.
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i'd got with an fx-8320, and a decent 30-40 dollar cooler.
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AM3+ should be around for next years CPU's so I would worry more about the motherboard for future proofing, also I would go with a vishera. You could get a 6100 at Newegg with $15 off promo code ends 10/30

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103962

also come with 1 YR Warranty free
Edited by Carboniteml8 - 10/25/12 at 8:09pm
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Say "Good Bye" to Phenom, this CPU is going to a history book.
Piledriver will rule for a while until some new AMD creation outperform present line-up.
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Op I'll be honest. At first i nvere thought that the FX 4300 would be better than the phenom II. But it took me by surprise. In all benchmarks the FX 4300 does better than the phenom except in Cinebench R11.5. A part from this it equals a Phenom II x4 955 and in gaming it's slightly better than the 980. Overclocking it to 5Ghz would equal a Phenom at 4.7Ghz but no phenom would ever clock that high. Phenoms were really good and severed ever user very well and long but now PD is in the limelight and i think it's there to stay for a while given it's good increase over BD and even over the Phenoms. My advice would be to go with PD thumb.gif
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I would go with Piledriver, simply because its newer architecture and performs similarly if not better than Phenoms.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pr0totype View Post

I would go with Piledriver, simply because its newer architecture and performs similarly if not better than Phenoms.
I've seen quite a few benches and it performs better than Phenoms. As of now do not waste your more cash on a Phenom. But then again it's your choice OP.
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