I finally decided to hop on the Phenom II bandwagon after seeing them drop in price again. I can tell you I didn’t know what to expect with the upgrade from a Phenom 9550 to a Phenom II 965 BE but I can tell you I am very happy with the results. All of my scores in Windows 7 built in benchmark are maxed less the hard drive, the memory was .1 below max but the processor must have been bottle necking it because it also went to the max score. The difference is huge and I couldn’t recommend a better processor for the price or even $100 over the price.
You will notice something else in my pictures below and thats the E-Sata bracket that came with the NewEgg order. Nope I do not need this but it brings up a good point I’d like to share. I bought this as a package deal from NewEgg and my total was $10 LESS than the processor alone, yes you read that right. I got the bracket for free and a lower price on the processor to boot. I highly suggest looking into all of the Newegg package deals whenever ordering from them because you never know what you may find in there.