CPU madness – what’s the best CPU for me?

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It’s time to get a new CPU for me. I don’t think I will get a Core i7, but I hope the introduction will lower prices overall as I plan to buy a Phenom X4 BE. PC Connection is selling the 2.66GHz Intel i7-920 processor with 8MB of cache memory for $334. IMHO that’s quite cheap. The Phenom X4 9950 Black 2.6GHz, 4MB Cache that I want to get is $218 at the moment.

Info: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-10093377-64.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5

My decision for the Phenom X4 might be unusual as it is NOT the most powerful CPU.

Phenom Benchmark: http://www.sharkyextreme.com/hardware/cpu/article.php/3261_3756681__1

I think that in connection with a 790GX mainboard and an ATI 4850 graphics card it’s exactly the right thing for me becasue a.) the Phenom X4 is cheaper than the Intel Quads (at the moment at least) b.) the Black Edition (BE) doesn’t have any multiplier lock so I can overclock it easily c.) the 790GX CrossFireX might get an interesting option to connect rendering power of the onboard ATI 3300 and the PCIe 4850 d.) it’s scalable – if I don’t want to buy the ATI 4850 I can use the onboard ATI 3300 for some time (It’s DirectX 10 ready) e.) I like AMD 😉

If you think I make a mistake in getting a Phenom X4 then please let me know in the comments! 🙂

Details about the configuration I want to get:

CPU: https://www.alternate.de/html/product/CPU_Sockel_AM2+/AMD/Phenom_X4_9950/291630/?

MAINBOARD: https://www.alternate.de/html/product/Mainboards_Sockel_AM2+/GigaByte/GA-MA790GP-DS4H/288548/?

RAM: https://www.alternate.de/html/product/Arbeitsspeicher_DDR2-1066/A-DATA/DIMM_2_GB_DDR2-1066/173527/?

GRAPHICS: https://www.alternate.de/html/product/Grafikkarten_ATI_PCIe/Gainward/HD4850_Golden_Sample/286887/?