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I'm buying a new AMD processor, but which one?

By Nick Lee
Mar 31, 2008
  1. Alright I'm going to buy a few new parts to build me a new computer.

    Motherboard
    Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe (790FX) I would go with a cheaper one but I want to be able to use my Thermaltake Extreme 120-ultra and I need a metal back plate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131224
    Ram
    I'm buying this quad(4x1g) pack from Kingston HyperX and the speed seems just like the others like OCZ and such so....
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134596
    (I'm going to upgrade my video card to a HD3870 after a while)

    Now for the question...
    An AMD 6400+ 3.2GHz Duel core ($180)
    or.
    Phenom 9850 2.5GHz Quad core ($235)

    Now I know that the Duel core beats the quad in games due to the higher clock speed, but the quad is better for multitasking and very cpu demanding tasks. But I only play games and school work.

    I've been thinking to get the 6400+ until the 45nm's come out.

    I'm just looking for what you guys might think.
    Also could a 550w PSU power a HD3870, Phenom, or 6400+,4 gigs of ram, 2 IDE hard drives, 1 Sata hard drive, 1 sata dvd burner, and about 8 fans?

    Useful thoughts and opinions will be appreciated.

    -Nick-
     
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    If I had to choose between the two, I'd get the Phenom to be more future-proof.

    550W PSU would be fine, TechReport's test setup uses about 300W max.
     
  3. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    yeah I could go with the Phenom 9850 untill the 45nm parts come out in the second half of '08.
     
  4. brianinlfc

    brianinlfc TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Same here I cant wait for the Phenom 9850 to come out....it's seemes ages...
    and by the way is the "Tempest" casing form NZXT a myth? o.O
     
  5. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    I don't mean to sound stupid but, I'm not sure what you are talking about.
     
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