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    phenom II 965 125w c3 vs i5 750

    in a few weeks i might be getting a new build and i would like to find out wot build is better to go for?

    the new 125w phenom II 965 or i5 750....or should i wait for the new intel 32nm westmere
    the amd would end up bieng cheaper and its stock at 3.4ghz but i5 seems to outpreform the older 965

    id end up paying £15 more for the i5 system so would it be worth it?

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    Re: phenom II 965 125w c3 vs i5 750

    Quote Originally Posted by howareu View Post
    in a few weeks i might be getting a new build and i would like to find out wot build is better to go for?

    the new 125w phenom II 965 or i5 750....or should i wait for the new intel 32nm westmere
    the amd would end up bieng cheaper and its stock at 3.4ghz but i5 seems to outpreform the older 965

    id end up paying £15 more for the i5 system so would it be worth it?
    The Core i5 750 is a faster processor than the X4 965 but TBH it really depends what applications you are running!!

    Most games are not CPU limited unless you are using Crossfire or SLI setups with very high end graphics cards. A processor like an X3 720 will be fast enough for most games using a single card setup IMHO.

    Also unlike the socket 1366 motherboards or the AM2+ or AM3 based motherboards the socket 1156 platform is limited to Crossfire or SLI at PCI-E 2.0 8X.

    Unless you are going for a Crossfire motherboard the AMD motherboards tend to be much cheaper AM3 than socket 1156 motherboards too.

    If you are not overclocking a Phenom II quad core this motherboard is very good for the money:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-7...dio-GB-LAN-ATX

    Here is a review:

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mot...board-review/1

    If you are going to do some overclocking this motherboard would be better:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/GIGAB...770T-UD3P-MOBO
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    Re: phenom II 965 125w c3 vs i5 750

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The Core i5 750 is a faster processor than the X4 965 but TBH it really depends what applications you are running!!

    Most games are not CPU limited unless you are using Crossfire or SLI setups with very high end graphics cards. A processor like an X3 720 will be fast enough for most games using a single card setup IMHO.

    Also unlike the socket 1366 motherboards or the AM2+ or AM3 based motherboards the socket 1156 platform is limited to Crossfire or SLI at PCI-E 2.0 8X.

    Unless you are going for a Crossfire motherboard the AMD motherboards tend to be much cheaper AM3 than socket 1156 motherboards too.

    If you are not overclocking a Phenom II quad core this motherboard is very good for the money:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-7...dio-GB-LAN-ATX

    Here is a review:

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mot...board-review/1

    If you are going to do some overclocking this motherboard would be better:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/GIGAB...770T-UD3P-MOBO
    i either game or surf the web and abit of word proccesing+power points and maybe excel for uni

    so i aint doing anything demanding

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    Re: phenom II 965 125w c3 vs i5 750

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The Core i5 750 is a faster processor than the X4 965 but TBH it really depends what applications you are running!!

    Most games are not CPU limited unless you are using Crossfire or SLI setups with very high end graphics cards. A processor like an X3 720 will be fast enough for most games using a single card setup IMHO.

    Also unlike the socket 1366 motherboards or the AM2+ or AM3 based motherboards the socket 1156 platform is limited to Crossfire or SLI at PCI-E 2.0 8X.

    Unless you are going for a Crossfire motherboard the AMD motherboards tend to be much cheaper AM3 than socket 1156 motherboards too.

    If you are not overclocking a Phenom II quad core this motherboard is very good for the money:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-7...dio-GB-LAN-ATX

    Here is a review:

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mot...board-review/1

    If you are going to do some overclocking this motherboard would be better:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/GIGAB...770T-UD3P-MOBO
    i either game or surf the web and abit of word proccesing+power points and maybe excel for uni

    so i aint doing anything demanding

    btw see tht extra copper on gigabyte motherboards...does it really make much of a difference cooiling wise and effiecincy wise?

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    Re: phenom II 965 125w c3 vs i5 750

    Quote Originally Posted by howareu View Post
    i either game or surf the web and abit of word proccesing+power points and maybe excel for uni

    so i aint doing anything demanding

    btw see tht extra copper on gigabyte motherboards...does it really make much of a difference cooiling wise and effiecincy wise?
    The Gigabyte motherboard has 8+2 phase power regulation as opposed to the 4+1 phase power regulation that the MSI motherboard has. Hence for overclocking a 125W TDP processor the Gigabyte is a better bet.

    If you are using a lower TDP processor like the 95W X3 720 and doing some mild overclocking of this the MSI will do the job. There is also the 95W X4 925 quad core for around £107 on Ebuyer too.

    Remember if you save money on the processor it can go towards a better graphics card or PSU for example.

    Edit!!

    The Athlon II and Phenom II processors can also run in DDR2 AM2+ based motherboards. Hence if you have some PC2-6400 or PC2-8500 DDR2 RAM to hand or cheaply available this would decrease the cost of the build too.
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    Re: phenom II 965 125w c3 vs i5 750

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The Gigabyte motherboard has 8+2 phase power regulation as opposed to the 4+1 phase power regulation that the MSI motherboard has. Hence for overclocking a 125W TDP processor the Gigabyte is a better bet.

    If you are using a lower TDP processor like the 95W X3 720 and doing some mild overclocking of this the MSI will do the job. There is also the 95W X4 925 quad core for around £107 on Ebuyer too.

    Remember if you save money on the processor it can go towards a better graphics card or PSU for example.
    i can get the new 965 for abt £132.25 and a nice gigabyte or asus 785g mobo for £62-64 + 4gb kingston ddr3 133mhz cl7 for abt £82 off pricelover.com

    i was thinking of getting hd5770 since i only game at 1680x1050

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    Re: phenom II 965 125w c3 vs i5 750

    Unless the 785G based motherboards have 8+2 phase power the cheaper MSI will do the job too.

    I have seen the 125W Phenom II X4 955BE for around £120 on Scan recently and you can free postage from Scan on orders over £20 excluding VAT as you have enough posts.

    The main advantage of the C3 X4 965 is the ability of it to run 4 sticks of DDR3 at 1333MHZ as opposed to 4 sticks at 1066MHZ which the older C2 stepping could do. Both can run 2 sticks of DDR3 RAM at 1333MHZ fine. TBH,4GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming currently.

    If you don't intend to overclock then a cheaper motherboard will do the trick as opposed to a more expensive one.


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