GeorgeH wrote:If you buy anything Phenom II you’re basically buying a 4 year old CPU. That might not be a bad thing for a lot of reasons, but if you’re worried about future performance you’re probably looking in the wrong place.
The Phenom II X6 1055T would be a bad choice for a gaming machine. Games prefer fewer faster cores (i.e. a 4GHz dual core would typically be much better than a 2GHz quad core) and the 1055T’s 2.8GHz base clock isn’t ideal. My personal minimum for a gaming machine using a Phenom II CPU is 3GHz, and although the 1055T can turbo into that range I wouldn’t trust it. For most people just about the only Phenom II CPU that I can actually recommend buying is the X4 955. The 965’s extra 200MHz just isn’t worth it to me when you can trivially bump the 955’s multiplier to get the same thing.
All of that said, for gaming a 6870 is a midrange GPU that will be just fine with a midrange CPU like an X4 965. Most people with desktops (including gamers) have much more CPU power than they need. That's one reason why Intel and AMD are starting to focus more on power consumption than on absolute performance - most people have absolutely no need for a CPU that's 2x faster, but would be lining up around the block to buy a CPU that's 2x more power efficient.
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