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I've been avidly following the news on the upcoming Phenom II CPUs, but recently, my car was hit with some problems that will cost a couple of hundred to fix. So now, I'm no longer set on getting the Phenom II 940. I'm considering between a 8750 be, 9850 be, and the new quads, 920 and 940.

I'm mainly concerned about gaming, but also future-proofing as much as possible. What I'm worried about is that these processors won't show much improvement over my 6000+. Finding direct comparisons between the 6000+ and any tri-cores or quad-cores is really hard.

Help me decide, please! Here are some pros and cons:

8750 BE:
PROS
- Great price, $119
- extra core
- only 95W, so my board (which supports a max of 125W) should still be able to overclock this--hopefully to 2.8+?
- can buy it locally at Micro Center
CONS
- 2.4 stock speed (will it be faster than 3.1+ on a dual Athlon?)
- not quad core, odd number
- maybe not as future proof if future apps and games ignore optimizing for 3 cores, but rather for 4

9850 BE:
PROS
- Good price at Micro Center, $154.99
- Can usually overclock to 2.8-3.0
- Quad, which is becoming the norm
CONS
- 2.5 stock, my mobo is sb600 and has 125W limit
- Not a Deneb I might regret not "getting it right the first time" with a Phenom II

Phenom II
PROS
- a lot of good stuff!
- great potential, good stock speed
CONS
- price is higher than the others...would I really see the difference in games (and not just benchmarks)?
- bad mobo, so I won't be able to overclock like crazy

What do you guys think? Please chime in!
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post #2 of 18
Wait for the Phenom II, and save your money. Otherwise, get a 9950BE (125W).
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post #3 of 18
I would go with the 940 if you are willing to spend the money, I am guessing $300...If not I would stick with your 6000+ (at least for gaming)
Edited by Ranger98 - 12/22/08 at 9:31am
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Wait and get a new MB for 940.
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post #5 of 18
Or just wait a little longer.

Will be well worth your wait.

A Phenom I will be marginally faster than your current X2, and with the II's around the corner.. I'd wait.
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and don't worry too much about your motherboard being bad.
there's a guy with a "bad" phenom II 940 engineering sample chip that got 4ghz at 1.475v with the SB600 chipset
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and don't worry too much about your motherboard being bad.
there's a guy with a "bad" phenom II 940 engineering sample chip that got 4ghz at 1.475v with the SB600 chipset
Yea, I followed that thread (and was very impressed). But that board has a 140W threshold, whereas mine has a supposed 125W one. I still haven't found any answers anywhere on the Internet as to the overclocking abilities (and safety) of my particular board.

But yea, I'm realizing that it'd be better to get the Phenom II. Even if it hurts the wallet more, it'll just be clearer better, and will be a far superior long-term solution.
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post #8 of 18
I'd say you get the 9850 if you really want to, but you can always wait, the price will drop, and you can put some money together and get a better motherboard, whatever the other guys suggest, stick to your 6000+ for now, use it for as long as you can, there really aren't any games that require a quad nowadays.
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Wait for Phenom II, prices for the 9850 and 8750 will all go down. But if you really need one right now, go with the 9950. They're good for 3.1, 3.2 on your board.
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Wait for Phenom II, prices for the 9850 and 8750 will all go down. But if you really need one right now, go with the 9950. They're good for 3.1, 3.2 on your board.
The problem is the 9950 is $40 more, which I just can't justify for the extra 0.1. I can get the 9850 at Micro Center immediately for $154.99, or I can pay $199.99 on Newegg for the extra 0.1.

I think I'll wait and see. I hope the prices on the Phenom II are as good as people are expecting, but at the very least, it should drop the prices on the older quads somewhat.
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