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He's looking for a new CPU for his CURRENT rig.... going Intel means a new motherboard AND new RAM (DDR2 667 isn't really a good match with an E8400, while it's ok for the AMD offerings...). Plus, the tri-cores are capable CPUs (provided his board supports them).

So, don't suggest Intel CPUs that force him to change his mobo (another $100...) and RAM (at least $40 for a decent 2GB kit.)

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Originally Posted by Ben the OCer View Post
What do you do with your computer? I think the best all around value would be the X2 5000+ Black Edition which has an unlocked multiplier. It's only $87.99 or 65.01 cheaper than the X2 6000+. The only thing is BE CPUs don't come with coolers but if you OC after market is the best way to go anyway.
I believe the 5000+ BE only has a 2x512KB L2 Cache vs the 6000+'s 2x1MB... it's a great processor considering the significantly lower price, but the 6000 still wins out
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Yes, all Phenom CPU's are physically compatible with AM2 boards. Most reputable boards have come out with new releases for the BIOS to allow the motherboard to work with an AM2+ CPU. Although it will work, the system won't perform quite as well as an AM2+ board because the AM2 boards have a slower Hyper Transport Link.

I think this comes down to the amount of work you're willing (or rather wanting) to do and how much risk you're willing to take. The way I see it, you have 3 pretty good options:

1) Least amount of work and risk. You get the X2 6000+ for $153. It is 3.0GHz stock, has a 2x1MB L2 cache, and comes with a stock heatsink fan with thermal paste already applied. Just pop it in there and you have 3.0GHz stable. Any overclocking would require a better CPU cooler, so you're pretty much staying at 3.0GHz and 2x1MB cache. It's almost guaranteed to work.

2) A moderate amount of work, low risk. You get the X2 5000+ Black Edition for $88, the AC Freezer 64 Pro for $25 and Artic Silver 5 thermal grease for $6 (unless you already have some decent thermal grease). This option is the cheapest. You have 2.6GHz and 2x512MB L2 cache, but it easily overclocks to around 3.2GHz with a slight bump in voltage just by changing the CPU multiplier from 13x to 16x. This takes a tiny bit of work to overclock and stress test, but it will give you a CPU that is just as fast if not faster than the X2 6000+ for less money, although it also has only half the L2 cache of the 6000+.

3) Probably the most amount of work and risk. You get the Phenom 8450 for $149. You'll have to flash the BIOS of your motherboard to the newest version and hope that it works (it should, but there's never a 100% guarantee). At only 2.1GHz and probably not a whole lot of overclocking headroom, especially on a stock cooler, this thing will run slower than the other two options in applications that cannot utilize all three cores. However, the third core makes this a little more future proof.

The decision is up to you.
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