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Old September 3, 2009, 08:43 PM
Kilauea Kilauea is offline
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I would think an Athlon X2 5600+ to be quite a bit better than a Pentium 4 3.0.

I can't tell you how my Phenom II X4 940 performs compared to a Q9400 or to a Q9550. But I am very satisfied by its performance.

As JC said, the original Phenoms weren't too good, but the Phenom II are quite competitive in terms of price/performance.

As for Mobo.

AM3 mobo will require DDR3 RAM and AM3 CPU
AM2+ mobo will work with Phenom II(even the AM3) and require DDR2 RAM
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