AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz

Hi I am a beginner so I do not know very much about overclocking or computers.

I am looking to build a cheap build and I was wondering if this was a good cpu to go with. Any better options for around the $75-100 range?

And if I do happen to go with this cpu how much can it be overclocked, and to my understanding I believe it can be unlocked to a quad core.

And which mobo would be the best at unlocking the this 4th core?

Thanks in advanced.
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  1. Any Mobo with a 710 chipset or better will be able to ATTEMPT unlocking 'hidden' cores,
    it is not in any way shape or form guaranteed to be successful though,
    if you absolutely want/need a quadcore, buy a quadcore.
    having said that I've heard of 450's getting 4Ghz,
    What is your rig going to be doing? gaming,video editing etc? you might be better off re-postiung in the homebuild section to be honest, get more answers that way,
  2. I actually have this exact cpu, I was lucky and got one that was a quadcore with 1 core disabled, I am using an ASUS M4A79XTD EVO mobo, it unlocked that 4th core easily with just 1 click of a button. I have not overclocked yet though. Probably going to overclock when I find some more info on it.

    Hey moto, when you heard of that cpu overclocked to 4 ghz, was it stable at 4ghz?
  3. Tried finding it again but no luck so far, (that'll teach me to post uncorroborated statements hehe)
    I think it was just a 'how far will it post' attempt, not an everyday clocking,
    most people seem to settle around 3.7Ghz on those chips though, they seem to start encountering real issues at 3.8/9Ghz so back it down a touch for stability.
    if I do find the melty chip I'll post back here :)
  4. It's all good, i wasn't trying to call you out on your statement. I was really just wondering about the stablility becuase i want to overclock mine, but i didn't know where to start at.
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