I currently have the 9700 on my computer and the 9500 on my wife's (FX-60) computer. The 9500 started out on my FX-57 > FX-60 > E6850 > FX-60. The 9700 went to E6850 > E8600. The 9500 been running 3yrs strong and the 9700 2yrs. They might be considered overpriced but definitely not overrated....and yes they do look good...IMHO.