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Upgrade to Quad on a Tight Budget

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We've all seen these threads before. "Upgrade me with the spare change in my pocket!"

Well, this one shares the same budget-mindedness as the other "help me upgrade" threads, but with a twist:

I think I'm going to the Dark Side.

It's not like I WANT to go to AMD, in fact, I would much rather stick with Intel. Awesome processors, awesome motherboards, and the overclocking is very tasty. The performance that Intel offers is very nice, but unfortunately, I can't afford to get an i5 or i7 processor and matching motherboard.

This is where I grind my teeth when I say "I might have to go with AMD".

As you might be aware of by now, I have some aggression towards AMD, mostly because of the lackluster performance I encountered back in my Socket 939 days. Things have changed quite a bit since those days (a century ago in computer years, to be exact), and I am quite spoiled by my E8400 and it's ability to hit 4.3 GHz at 1.33v. The problem is this CPU is aging rapidly, and I have been eying Quad-Core processors for some time now.

Since Quads can hit 4 GHz and beyond, I think it's time for me to switch to a quad. Apparently the AMD Phenom II X2 955 does quite well, and for $140, the price/performance ratio is remarkable. I know absolutely nothing about today's AMD processors, and I have been ignoring their progress for quite a few years now.

What sort of performance with video games would I expect to see if I switched to the above mentioned AMD processor (and a mobo to go with it), and does it perform well, clock for clock, vs an Intel Quad-Core?

I'm looking to spend no more than $400 on the upgrade. $150 of that is spoken for (GTX 460 1GB recertified on Newegg), so $250 left for a quad-core that can hit 4 GHz, and a motherboard to go with it that would allow said processor to reach said speed.
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My vote goes for this combo AMD 955 with USB 3.0/Sata6 if you're going to go AMD.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.592296

Edit: I was thinking the same thing as far as why he didn't want to go with a C2Q as they can be had here on this forum for price he has to spend on them.
I think he just wants to go AMD as a lot of people have difficulty doing this with C2Q's but OP a 3.6+ Overclock on a C2Q would be adequate and wouldn't give your system any kind of Bottleneck and you can stay Intel. As MOST users who have AMD Quad cores hit 3.8+ if not 4.0GHz fairly easy.

Considering the Q9550 are around $250 as well unless he just wants a New Mobo and a AMD Quad/Hexa.

You could also get one from Ewiz as they have a Q9550 for $255(Or a cheaper C2Q) with CHERRYTREE10($10 Code)
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...1600c16841d3d1
Especially this Q6600 would do you just fine as I've seen Multiple users reach 4.0GHz with these Q660's
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...1600c16841d3d1
Remember to use that $10 off Code.

And also you could get a list of cheaper Quad's from the Egg and Ewiz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ore%202%20Quad
http://www.superbiiz.com/query.php?c...el-Core-2-Quad
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TL;DR.

For 250$ you can pick up a Q9550 on here.
Not sure if you will 4Ghz with the board you have though.
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OP's goal is unrealistic. There are always the odds that you will not be able to reach 4GHz with a Phenom. Don't set yourself up for the whole "moar gigahertz = better" logic. There's more than just that.

The Biostar TA890FXE looks really good but it combined with the Phenom and it's about 10 over budget.

Quads can hit 4GHz. It is not a definite though. The OP sounds like he thinks it is.
     
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