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August 3, 2013 1:17:36 PM

I am torn between two processors that are fortunatly in my price range. The AMD Athlon II X2 Regor 3.4 Ghz and the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1 Ghz.

Im kinda thinking that if i get the Phenom II then i can just overclock it to be at least 3.4 Ghz like the Athlon II or even more if i wish. I know typically the higher the clock speed the better but im not gonna be into major gaming like Call of Duty or Skyrim, but i do want to play more low scale games like Mount and Blade and minecraft (both of which i cannot currently play without extreme lag and frusteration because of my current processor).

Can you guys give me and tips on which to get? Also my price range is under $80.

Computer specs:
Mobo: HT2000 MCP61sm-am
Computer model: Acer T180
Current processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processor 3800+
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405
OS:Windows Vista
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
RAM: 3.25 Gb
I know a lot of this computer is crap, but i intend to upgrade it all at some point. Im also pretty sure that the socket on my mobo is AM2+ (but im not 100% positive) and i also know that AM3 will fit in a AM2+ socket. The current processor i have CPU-Z says it has a AM2+ socket, so im assuming thats the one i have.

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August 3, 2013 1:26:36 PM

that mobo is am2
it wont fit any phenom at all
whats ur budget???
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August 3, 2013 1:37:28 PM

Sn1992 said:
that mobo is am2
it wont fit any phenom at all
whats ur budget???


But the phenom socket is AM3? Shouldnt that work with my motherboards AM2+ socket?
Also my budget is $80 or less.

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August 3, 2013 1:40:19 PM

You'll want to look at your cpu support list too see if it supports those cpu's first. just because its am2+ does nto mean it will. that being said if it doesnt also do some searching and see if anyone has tried it because a lot of times they will work anyway. just make sure before you make any purchases.

now if you can get get either but i think the phenom would be better. especially if you overclock it just a little.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/190?vs=97
the athlon on that comparison is just .1ghz off, just a slightly lower model they didn't have the specific one listed. you can see even though the phenom is a lower clock it wins in most cases

edit: it does seem its just an am2 socket (not am2+)
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August 3, 2013 1:40:48 PM

it wont work with a am2+ mobo u need to wait untill u have sufficient budget
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August 3, 2013 1:50:15 PM

chairsgotoschool said:
You'll want to look at your cpu support list too see if it supports those cpu's first. just because its am2+ does nto mean it will. that being said if it doesnt also do some searching and see if anyone has tried it because a lot of times they will work anyway. just make sure before you make any purchases.

now if you can get get either but i think the phenom would be better. especially if you overclock it just a little.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/190?vs=97
the athlon on that comparison is just .1ghz off, just a slightly lower model they didn't have the specific one listed. you can see even though the phenom is a lower clock it wins in most cases

edit: it does seem its just an am2 socket (not am2+)


So, in theory, in order for an AM3 socket processor to work it would need a AM2+ socket, not just a regular AM2 socket?
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August 3, 2013 2:23:21 PM

yeah but am3 spu is not supported by am2+ mobo by any means
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August 3, 2013 2:27:44 PM

yes thats how it works. full detail, am2 and am2+ work on either (so am2+ cpu works on am2 mobo and the other way around too) but am2+ is better so an am2+ cpu in an am2 board will be limited a little. am2+ boards also let am3 cpus be used (if supported by bios) am2+ (and am2) will not work on am3 boards though. then theres am3+ which is the fx cpu's (bulldozer and vishera) they sometimes work on am3 boards if they have updated bios and support. it is possible to have am2+ (and i think am2) on am3 because some of the am3 boards have ddr2 memory support (usually 2 ddr2 sockets and 2 ddr3 sockets) so technically you can have 1 motherboard be running an am2, am2+, am3, or am3+ cpu from just 1 motherboard but i'm not sure if there is a specific board that will do that because they probably lack am3+ support.
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