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Battle of the processors!

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Hey guys,

Right now I'm at a stage where my AMD 4400+ x2 processors aren't really keeping me satisfied. I've decided that I'm in need of a new unit. I have an AM2 chipset on my motherboard and I'm running Windows XP Professional, that in mind I would like for you guys to help me decide where to place my money! I want an AM2 processor for ~250 :)

The Choices:

AMD 6400+ Black Edition
-Great end to the 6400 series, and it gives me the overclocking edge that I want.

Phenom 9850 Black Edition
-I've read that XP will only read 2/4 cores for this bad boy? Not really sure here, but it's always up in the air, even if I have to spend the extra cash.

Phenom 8xxx Series
-New, cheaper 3 core processors. I've read reviews, they don't seem bad for their price.


Feel free to suggest another processor for me! I'd love to hear feedback! I don't want to change my motherboard, and from my experiences I love AMD so I'd like to stick with an AMD chip plzpzlplz.
Let me know guys!
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Hello Rexxy, may I know why do you need a processor? AMD 4400+ x2 is quite good for day-to-day usage.. If you are thinking of heavy gaming, then you might consider better graphic card and not processor.. If you're thinking of rendering 3D, graphic, movie-editing, then a multi-core processor will serve you better.. :)
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All the listed processors are virtually identical performance-wise except for the fact that the 9xxx Phenoms are quad-core and the 8xxx Phenom range are triple-core.

What exactly are you doing with your computer please that makes you feel your 4400+ isn't up to the job?
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