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

By Nick Lee ยท 4 replies
Mar 31, 2008
  1. Alright I'm going to buy a few new parts to build me a new computer.

    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.
    I'm buying this quad(4x1g) pack from Kingston HyperX and the speed seems just like the others like OCZ and such so....
    (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)
    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.

  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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