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89W vs 125W Processors

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DrTheBoB
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Good Afternoon fellow geeks!

I recently decided that it is time to build myself a new computer... this will be my second build project(So I'm not a total rookie here). I've spent the last few weeks reading and researching to pick out the best bits for my money and so far I've picked up the following bits to get me started:

Mobo: ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe (http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=149&l3=789&l4=0&model=2503&modelmenu=1)
Graphics: ASUS EAH4670 (http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=2&l2=8&l3=806&l4=0&model=2547&modelmenu=1)
RAM: 2 x 2Gig 1066 OCZ Fatality(http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_ddr2_pc2_8500_fatal1ty_edition_dual_channel)
PSU: OCZ Stealth Stream 700W (http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/power_management/ocz_700w_stealthxstream_power_supply)

The hard drives and DVD Burner will be pulled out of my current system once once I get everything else put together, which means all that is left is the Processor.

As you can probably tell, I'm mainly looking at having a gaming system here, though I do use it for managing downloads and as a video editing/burning station (it's running 24/7).

I was thinking I wanted to scoop up an Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.0Ghz with 2x1MB cache) however I'm run into a small snag. Just today I've noticed that there are 2 models of this chip (http://wheretobuy.amd.com/pibs.html#Model%20Number=6000+) a 89W version and a 125 W version. I was just wondering what the difference is and which one would be a better option to pick up. I've tried looking this up, but I haven't had much luck and I'm almost out of time here as I'm going to start building this tomorrow (if not then, I'll have to wait until next month before I've got the time to start on it).

Any input you can throw my way would be greatly appreciated!

Thx in Adv.
DTB

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whs
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I am not 100% sure, but I think the 125W version is a 90nm processor and the 89W version is a 65nm processor. I would go with the lower wattage in any case. The 90nm model is a real space heater and you have to make BIOS and power accomedations to keep it in check. Here is some more interesting several page reading ( http://www.tomshardware.com/re.....,1547.html ).

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DrTheBoB
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Cheers mate!

So, if I'm reading this correctly, the 2 chips are identical (save for the power consumption)?

The part that's confusing me is that I'm pretty sure that I've seen the 89W chip being sold for $20 less than the 125W... and if they are the same it just seems odd to me that the newer (better?) model would be cheaper.

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whs
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The 6000+ is a powerful duo core - one way or the other. Pricing is another matter - who knows how they do that. But on your initial post I read that you want to do video editing. For that a quad core would be even better. The Q6600 is not very expensive and I have seen them overclocked to 3.4GHz (stock is 2.4GHz). Maybe that is an option. I have a stock Q6600 on one machine and it does a good job for video editing.

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ScottW
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DrTheBoB, to go with your Asus M3A79-T board, I would suggest that you consider an AMD Phenom. You can get 3- or 4-core versions both manufactured on 65 nm to cut down on heat and power consumption. The Phenoms have an extra SIMD instruction set, SSE4a, and better yet an L3 cache. The latter is good since AMD has always been stingy with the L2 cache when compared to Intel. AMD processors are also very inexpensive. See if any of these grabs you:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....rchInDesc=

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