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What's the best processor I can upgrade to?

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October 25, 2008 9:07:57 PM

Was looking to upgrade without changing my motherboard or anything major

Mobo: MSI K9n Platinum
Processor: AMD Athlon 3600+ AM2 Dual Core
Memory: 4gb
Antec psu 500w


Was looking at this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is there anything better than this I can get?


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October 25, 2008 9:31:23 PM

That 6000+ is a 3.1ghz 65nm Brisbane chip. You're better off with a 3.0ghz 90nm Windsor chip, also named 6000+. The AMD naming scheme is pretty bad, the "6000+" is supposed to denote performance, but they're not the same, and obviously neither can come close to a 3.0ghz Intel dual core. The new one perform worse than the old one despite being 100mhz higher clocked, due to smaller L2 cache and higher latency.

Performance of the 2 6000+ chips.
http://hothardware.com/Articles/AMD-Athlon-64-X2-65nm-B...

Price for Windsor 6000+ is lower than Brisbane.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 25, 2008 9:33:47 PM

There's the 6400 and 6400 "Black" edition - but dagger makes fine points.
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October 25, 2008 10:05:42 PM

Instead of getting that 6000+ Brisbane you're better off getting the 5400 BE and overclocking it to those speeds

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 6400 is the fastest for you're system

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But it seems only the OEM version is avaliable. I think it would be best of you got one of the 89W 6000+ Windsors though, especially since, as previously mentioned, it's cheaper and faster than the Brisbane model

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 25, 2008 10:26:36 PM

I have no idea, also I would like to stay away from overclocking. I can spend more but not enough to replace the mobo and all that (dont wanna go thu all that anyways)
October 25, 2008 10:46:35 PM

6400 Windsor definitely, that is a pretty good CPU and should keep up well enough for today's uses.
October 26, 2008 12:24:54 AM

The AM2 6000+ cpu is an excellent chip I have one myself and it comes highly recommended. Sahil it appears to me that your board will support this cpu. New Egg does sell a 89W version of the chip with the Windsor core. That would probably be your best bet.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 26, 2008 4:24:04 AM

I think I'm going to go with the 6400+ Windsor OEM. Which aftermarket cooler is good? I'm looking for something quiet, and again not going to overclock.
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October 26, 2008 1:15:10 PM

Unless your case has excellent airflow through it, you will still want to put a fan on that heat sink, expecially with an 89W processor. 120mm fans are not very loud at low speeds.
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