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Phenom II x2 550 Bl.Ed. or Ph.II x3 720 Bl.Ed. for cheep upgrade ?????

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December 6, 2009 6:35:06 AM

will 3cores make for a faster CPU/OC or 2cores ???????

thinking of upgraging to new cpu with 4 cores 6/8 months from now .

could wait but would like to know which is better ???

Here's why.

saw a cheep AMD 780G board with cross-fire on NEWEGG http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i can get it and new cpu Phenom II x2 550 Bl.Ed. or Phenom II x3 720 Bl.Ed.? 4 less then $200

Would it help me enough to justify that cost?????? :o  :o  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :sweat:  :sweat: 

look at profile for PC specs i am using right now .


Thanks for help and i welcome ideas to :hello:  :)  :) 
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December 6, 2009 10:54:47 AM

Either would be a nice jump over your Kuma. Why would you need a new mobo?
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December 6, 2009 11:15:12 PM

for Cross fire so i get better fps in games n higher re's 1902x1080p. I've got a 24" 1920x1080p HDTV needs more video power for faster FPS at higher re's right???

THANKS for help send more info Please !!! :hello:  :) 

is FurMark any good ??

i tried it scores were low i think i scored 3700+ don't know if that's good or bad for my setup ?????
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December 7, 2009 12:05:07 AM

You can get the 720 and hopefully unlock the 4th core and have a stable quad core for 120$.

I unlocked the 4th core on mine, overclocked to 3.0, and it has been running perfectly on Windows 7. Very fast and best bang for the buck! It's also a better multitasker when compared to the 550.
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December 7, 2009 1:27:13 AM

I see. Well, depending on your budget, start with one 1GB HD5770. Add another one only if you don't like how the one looks; depending on the game you might need to lower some settings for that resolution. What PSU do you have? For a pair of those, 650W would be enough, but it should be a quality one. Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, and Enermax are among the better brands. Choose one that has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and is 80+ certified.
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December 7, 2009 9:29:29 PM

my PSU is a hec X-Power Pro 650 650W Continuous w/2 12v rails 30 and 22amps i think ?

here's the link to the PSU : http://hecgroupusa.com/home/xpower-pro-650-2/

it should work maybe ????

Thanks 4 the help and please give more info N links if u can ! :hello:  :) 
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December 7, 2009 10:54:47 PM

I tried to find a review of that PSU, but was unable to find a competent technical review of it. While I would not buy one today because of its older, less efficient design, I'm not sure there's any need for you to replace it, since your system will not stress it too badly. Some reviews of other HEC models I found suggested that they were able to supply their labeled power.
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December 8, 2009 4:25:43 PM

Be smart, for 99.99$ the best CPU you can get is the x4 620. Later on you can overclock it to 3.1/3.2Ghz if needed. The x2 550 and x3 720 are no longer the best bang for buck CPU's.... The unlocking rate on the 720 is fairly low at the moment, I would not risk it...
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December 10, 2009 1:17:37 PM

thinking I'm just gone wight in see if any thing drops in prices before getting any thing right now .

looks to be 25%higher then when i got my other parts back in April 09.

but steal thinking of getting new MoBo this one maybe ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX ???

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

it's cheap n has Cross-Fire and supports 140watt cpus + OCing tools in Bios it should work for me ???


THANKS 4 any links, info, ides u give and please keep sending more if u find any !!! :hello:  :)  :) 
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December 10, 2009 2:02:36 PM

sirmpa said:
thinking I'm just gone wight in see if any thing drops in prices before getting any thing right now .

looks to be 25%higher then when i got my other parts back in April 09.

but steal thinking of getting new MoBo this one maybe ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX ???

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

it's cheap n has Cross-Fire and supports 140watt cpus + OCing tools in Bios it should work for me ???


THANKS 4 any links, info, ides u give and please keep sending more if u find any !!! :hello:  :)  :) 


If you are in need of a mobo around that pricerange you should be looking at this :

GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the Asrock you posted above is flaky....
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December 10, 2009 4:29:22 PM

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If you are in need of a mobo around that pricerange you should be looking at this :

GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the Asrock you posted above is flaky....



what do u mean by flaky???

but the Asrock has 1 PCI-E.2.0 x16 and 1 PCI-E.2.0 x8 or x8 cross-fire and it's $24 or $50 cheaper then most
other mobo w/x8 cross-fire ?

are there any other MoBo options out there for $99 or less ???

please give links to any thing about stated MoBo above .

THANKS 4 the help n ides on my setup !!! :hello:  :)  :) 

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December 10, 2009 4:41:48 PM

Flaky = Crappy .... I have been using Asrock boards for quite some time.

The Gigabyte that I posted above has a much better track record and is fairly decent for the price. Plus the caps are better quality which in turn extends the lifespan of the board.

My inicial suggestion was the 790x but it is a bit over 99$ (109.99+shipping to be exact).

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

Try not to skimp on the motherboard just to save some cash, cheap boards are prone to cause issues in the long-run. Plus I bet you want something that will last and that you won't have to replace soooner than later.
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December 10, 2009 5:25:48 PM

OvrClkr said:
Flaky = Crappy .... I have been using Asrock boards for quite some time.

The Gigabyte that I posted above has a much better track record and is fairly decent for the price. Plus the caps are better quality which in turn extends the lifespan of the board.

My inicial suggestion was the 790x but it is a bit over 99$ (109.99+shipping to be exact).

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

Try not to skimp on the motherboard just to save some cash, cheap boards are prone to cause issues in the long-run. Plus I bet you want something that will last and that you won't have to replace soooner than later.



maybe i should save up of the higher end MoBo like this one DFI LP DK 790FXB-M2RSH AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX on

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

or maybe this one ASUS M4N82 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI

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

the good parts are always a bit more costly but worth it n the long run i gees ???

THANKS 4 the help n i know I've been at bit of a pain n the ar$$ so thanks aging n happy holidays to u and all . :hello:  :bounce:  :bounce:  :)  :)  :) 
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December 10, 2009 6:01:28 PM

Don't do DFI nor that Asus 980a...

This 980a is a better performer :

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

But you will have to buy some DDR3 for that, making the upgrade quite costly. Try buying a board that will let you recycle parts from you current PC.

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