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August 22, 2013 7:41:04 PM

I've been adding alot to my build lately, most recently a Kingston HyperX 120gb ssd. I've been thinking and I'm not sure what to upgrade next. Right now I have 4x 1gb Sticks of ram clocked at 1066MHz, and a AMD Athlon II x2 250 CPU. What I plan to do is either add 4x 2 to get 8 gb of ram at 1333MHz, which is the only way that iscompatible with my motherboard, or get an AMD Athlon II x3 450. Main difference between the 250 and 450 is the 450 is a triple core, while 250 is only Dual. What would be the better option to help out my pc. I'd like to start recording a bit of some Minecraft or something, will the Ram help? Either option I choose, I'll be getting the other one also, I'm just asking what should I get first

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August 22, 2013 7:45:54 PM

Hi there. My vote goes towards the CPU first, but why only a 3 core, can you get a 4 core?
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August 22, 2013 7:48:14 PM

can your motherboard unlock cores? if so a 555 BE has a high success rate of unlocking to 4 cores... I have one in my media pc
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August 22, 2013 7:57:49 PM

pezonator said:
Hi there. My vote goes towards the CPU first, but why only a 3 core, can you get a 4 core?


Will this be good? It's used, so I'm a bit hesitant. I'm not ordering anything right now, just a general idea http://bit.ly/15fcVBo

*EDIT* Is an extra core forth the price?
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August 22, 2013 8:22:33 PM

If you would list you components we can get a better idea of what you have, especially the motherboard.
Generally when you do an upgrade you try to go up several level and not one or two levels. This would be a good upgrade, AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition.
As far s the Ebay CPU the new CPU is only $10 to $12 more so why go with used.
Maybe it's time for a motherboard upgrade and that would give you a whole lot of options and performance increases.
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August 22, 2013 8:32:03 PM

Specs:
AMD Athlon II x2 250
Dell 04gjjt Mobo(Will be changing it to an MSI 970A-G43 later this year)
Cooler Master 500w PSU
4gb Ram
500gb Hard Drive
120gb Kingston Hyperx SSD
Geforce Gt 630
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August 22, 2013 8:59:00 PM

inzone said:
If you would list you components we can get a better idea of what you have, especially the motherboard.
Generally when you do an upgrade you try to go up several level and not one or two levels. This would be a good upgrade, AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition.
As far s the Ebay CPU the new CPU is only $10 to $12 more so why go with used.
Maybe it's time for a motherboard upgrade and that would give you a whole lot of options and performance increases.


I am going to upgrade later this year. Should I just wait till then and get a FX?
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August 22, 2013 9:12:42 PM

bhawks1831 said:
inzone said:
If you would list you components we can get a better idea of what you have, especially the motherboard.
Generally when you do an upgrade you try to go up several level and not one or two levels. This would be a good upgrade, AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition.
As far s the Ebay CPU the new CPU is only $10 to $12 more so why go with used.
Maybe it's time for a motherboard upgrade and that would give you a whole lot of options and performance increases.


I am going to upgrade later this year. Should I just wait till then and get a FX?


I would go for this if you just want to play games like minecraft and such. If you go for an FX or Phenom you would need a more expensive motherboard in addition to a graphics card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $129.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-23 00:11 EDT-0400)
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August 23, 2013 8:34:40 AM

bhawks1831 said:
inzone said:
If you would list you components we can get a better idea of what you have, especially the motherboard.
Generally when you do an upgrade you try to go up several level and not one or two levels. This would be a good upgrade, AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition.
As far s the Ebay CPU the new CPU is only $10 to $12 more so why go with used.
Maybe it's time for a motherboard upgrade and that would give you a whole lot of options and performance increases.


I am going to upgrade later this year. Should I just wait till then and get a FX?



It would depend on what your willing to spend for this upgrade, the amount that you decide on is your choice naturally and not every body has the same amounts to work with.

If you want to do a major over haul then you will have to spend quite a bit.

Motherboard
CPU
Ram
Video card
maybe the PSU.

I can picture this costing around $500 if your able to use the same PSU and that's a guess at this point and depending on where you live what prices you would be dealing with.. This would be for a FX based system.
We can get more accurate numbers if you knew what your budget will be.
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