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I know usually the Phenom is not a good value because of the lack of oc potential. But I saw how cheap the combo they had at Fry's today, I'm seriously considering building a new rig just to use for about a year or so. Right now I'm using my sig rig.

Phenom 9750 + ECS A770M combo $180
EVGA 9600GSO (aka 8800GS) $130 ($90 after rebate)
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) $95 ($60 after rebate at Newegg)

I should be able to reuse my PSUs, CPU cooler, HDDs and DVD burners. So the whole upgrade will cost me $405 up front and $330 AR. Is this a worth while upgrade? How badly does that motherboard oc? I've searched for some reviews, the bios seems to have decent amount of voltage options. If this board can do 230HTT on a Phenom I'm happy. That should put me at 2.8ghz, which I think it's not bad for an interim upgrade. Any suggestions are welcomed, including suggestions for Intel (for around the same amount of money of course). Thanks in advance.
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For that kind of money there is no Intel alternative that is anywhere near as powerful.


Definitely jump on that.
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I've been reading some of the reviews on Newegg, the board seems to oc Brisbanes ok, most people got 3-3.2ghz out of their 5000BE. But no review on the Phenoms. I don't expect it to oc really good, but does anyone have experience with this board and a Phenom, or know where I can find a review for that? Thanks.
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Do you do anything besides gaming?

Applications that would utilize a quad core?

If not you may want to consider going with an E7200 ($130) and the cheapest P35 mobo (used? $60-70) that you can find. Almost guaranteed 3.5+ Ghz OC, and excellent gaming performance.

That said, if you are set on a quad, there is no way you will get any intel quad anywhere near that price, so I would also say jump on it.

I am a long time AMD fan that has settled into Intel for the moment, so I think my advice is fairly unbiased.
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I do a fair bit of gaming, but I also use my comp to do some video transcoding. No offense to anyone who bought a new dual core, but I think this is like the single to dual core transition again, in the near future games will starting to go quad core and dual cores will become obsolete, so I'm set on a quad.

Another option is to wait till after the rumored Intel price drop to get a Q6600. It'll cost about $100 more ($202 CPU + $80 mobo), but it'll be more kick ass.

Thanks for the replies so far.

Edit: On OCW's review, they were able to get 250HTT on a Brisbane, but I'm sure Phenoms won't oc that well on HTT.
Edited by awdrifter - 5/25/08 at 10:25pm
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I guess it depends on how far you plan to OC the Q6600, but keep in mind that the latest batches of Q6600's haven't been that hot as far as OC'ing goes.

I would have to say since you are set on quad core, to go ahead and pull the trigger.
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Thats a killer price, Pull the trigger.
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I know usually the Phenom is not a good value because of the lack of oc potential. But I saw how cheap the combo they had at Fry's today, I'm seriously considering building a new rig just to use for about a year or so. Right now I'm using my sig rig.

Phenom 9750 + ECS A770M combo $180
EVGA 9600GSO (aka 8800GS) $130 ($90 after rebate)
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) $95 ($60 after rebate at Newegg)
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Good choice. But try to get a board with 790fx chipset or at least 790x chipset.
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I want to get the 790FX boards too, but the cheapest 790FX mobo is like $130, that puts the build into Q6600's range. But there's the rumored Intel price cut and the new gen of HD48xx video cards coming out in June. Maybe I should see how much better those cards are before pulling the trigger?
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I want to get the 790FX boards too, but the cheapest 790FX mobo is like $130, that puts the build into Q6600's range. But there's the rumored Intel price cut and the new gen of HD48xx video cards coming out in June. Maybe I should see how much better those cards are before pulling the trigger?
Don't think that Phenoms are inferior to q6600s. No way. With a good board you can push ur phenom further. I know cause i do. My 9500 is running at 2.82ghz 24/7. But if want to buy phenom buy a 9x50 which is B3 stepping.
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