AMD Phenom II X4 975BE vs X6 1055T

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  1. jag1993

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    Upgrading PC for someone. It has an AM3 board, and the budget allows £120ish for the processor, and I am torn between the 975 black edition and the 1055t hexa-core

    The PC is primarily for gaming. My instinct is to get the 1055t, as it has 6 cores, overclocks fairly well, and is more readily available, whereas there a possibility that I can get the 975 from my workplace for around the same price £120 (although now it doesnt seem very likely)

    The board isn't especially good (Asus M4a77TD). The plan is to couple one of the Phenoms with a HD 6850.

    So which CPU will be most suitable?

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    What's the upgrade from out of interest?

    I would personally go with the cheaper 960T and add a decent aftermarket cooler. Should easily overclock to 3.8GHz and with a bit of effort and decent cooling shouldn't be too hard to get it to 4.0GHz. Remember games are still only properley utilizing two cores and a select few can used four but getting a hex-core for gaming isn't going to add much benefit @stock settings over a matched quad-core CPU. With the 975BE and in particular the 980BE your basically paying through the nose for a higher clocked quad core. Remember also the 960T is essentially a hex-core but with two cores disabled, so if your lucky it may even unlock for you!
     
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    Upgrade from athlon ii x3 450


    Not bothered bout 6 cores: just want the best possible AM3 cpu for £120. Will be coupled with the Coolermaster 212+ cooler, so I can have a go at overclocking it.


    Just considered the 975 and the 1055t because they seem to be the best in that price range.


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  4. jag1993

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    OK, done some checks and it seems like the 975 will no longer fit in budget.

    So now its a question of the Phenom X4 955 (£15 cheaper) against the X6 1055t

    Which should I go for?
     
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    960t over both of them for gaming?
     
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    The 1055T is quite overclockable - I've got one running at nice and stable 3.5GHz with a slight tweak of VCore.
     
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    OK i've ruled out the 1055t: because it falls behind in performance, and I don't need 6 cores.

    Its now between the X4 970BE and the 960T
     
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    If the 960t is a black edition then go for it as it has slightly better overclocking potential and could possibly be unlocked to a 5 or 6 core (no guarantees). The max OC on the 970 is around 4ghz while the 960 could go higher, but an unlocked multiplier is a big help.
     

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