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I really want more speed from my cpu and I know its holding my 9600gt back some. I was looking at a intel Q6600 or a E8400 but I just dont think I can leave AMD plus I just got the MSI k9a2 MOBO. Do you 9850 BE guys really like these will it be alot better then my 5600+. Its a realy hard to make up my mind been going back and forth for days.
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I have a 9850, upgraded from an Athlon 64 X2 6400+. The 9850 is leaps and bound faster clock for clock that the Athlon X2's. Mine at 2.8ghz has the 6400+ wouped hands down but at stock, clock for clock, is still a tad slower than the Q6600.

I'm not going to suggest which way to go, that is up to you. There is a couple of threads already started... one here http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/31...ners-club.html where we tried getting the 9850 to 3ghz, and few people has, though I wasn't one of them

All I can say these Phenoms has been fun to play with and I think AMD might finally be back on track as soon as they release there 45nm chips. It may be worth sticking it out with them a while longer, I know I am, cause I dont want to pay outragous prices for upgrades in the future (I'm to poor for >$400 processors )

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Intel ftw!
    
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^ Please you leave AMD 1st and he can follow if he wants. But stick in there, AMD are back on track for real...it's highly likely that the new 45 nm chips will pack a facepalm for decent prices unlike intel packing a king hit for break the bank prices.
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Lol I didnt leave AMD yet... I'm just saying Intel you will get the best bang for buck
    
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Intel, it'd be stupid NOT to do it. And spending way more money that could go towards better components in your rig overall.

Read benchmarks, Phenom is fail.
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exactly
    
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Thanks for making fully fact based posts "fail" is a great arguement and makes me worry about the future of this country.

The q6600 is slightly better because it can overclock to 3.6 with the right cooling and version, I have seen a few 9850s at 3.2ghz, even one at 3.4ghz. But I would say average is 3ghz. I would seriously hold out though for the 45nm if you want to hang with amd. If not jump in the 9850.
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Free advice: stay with your 5600. In gaming quads don't bring much (if at all). Between the 9850 and the q6600 at the same price, I would pick any day the 5600+ for free. Take any game and you'll see the quads aren't that better, but take any power consumption test and you'll see they are hotter and generally force the mobo a bit more. You'll need better cooling, a good airflow in the case to cope with the extra heat and it's likely that for a good OC to succeed you'll push the PSU to its limits.

My 2 cents: get a good VID card, a 8800GTS 512 or a 3870X2, an accelero S1 rev2 or a x2 cooler and OC that for good FPS/$. Cheers!
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^ But the quads appear to be faster clock for clock I think but I'm holding out for 45 nm AMD for sure. CBF with intel's expensive prices and ****ty later batches. With AMD the later batches actually improve.
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