I'm thinking about the price / performance ratio. For me the Pentium Dual Cores are still the highest in that regard. If you overclock. In stock though their performance is insane compared to the Phenom 1. But their gains when overclocking is a little less compared to the Intel Core2Quad processors.
It's performance is similar to the higher end of the Q9000 series. So way worth it in my opinion since they're cheaper than the Intel equivalents.
Thanks StriderVM....but if I go with a core 2 duo I would need to get a new motherboard as well. Anyways I decided to see how far my 9950 can go...just bought the Xigmatek Dark Knight and AC5.
Got this in the mail yesterday and I should be receiving my Xigmatek Dark Knight today
While it's not the exact cooler I have, it's close enough, so I can personally say you made a good choice with the cooler. Mine, with the same thermal compound, cools my CPU at 4.5GHz (though it does run warm, namely when stress testing, but I never really do that). At 4.0GHz, which I've been running it at more lately in order to use 8GB of RAM, it idles the CPU and both cores all at 29C (and even at stock and undervolted, it never goes below 29C, so I'm thinking the sensors are stuck there and it may possibly be running a bit cooler).
StriderVM, the low-mid end stuff is usually where you do get the best bang for the buck on alot of electronic things. Alot of people overlook this. What alot of people go for is the best "performance sweet spot" range parts, but the absolute best is often lower range (but the all the way to the bottom) than what most people go for. The Pentium Dual-cores are about the best bang for the buck on Intel's side. On AMDs side, I'd think it was the Phenom II based Athlons (the Kumas).
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