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September 14, 2009 6:47:32 AM

I'm sure everyone's heard this one
I am building a new comp and I was going to buy the Phenom II X3 720 BE and do a minor overclock to 3.2 because I have to keep stock cooler :sweat: 
but the phenom II X2 550 BE is MUCH cheaper in NZ, the difference is big enough for me to get an aftermarket cooler.
I would like to have a future proof comp even though I recently bought 2 ASUS HD4890 w/ non reference coolers because I <3ed it to much :kaola: 
also WOULD MY CPU BOTTLENECK MY CARDS?

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September 14, 2009 9:45:49 AM

Go with the 720 x3 with out a doubt and then overclock it slightly for now on the stock cooler (checking the temps mind you ). Then save up a little more money and get an aftermarket cooler later on,

You will get more speed this way than x2 550be and after market cooler in the long run and thats what will count.
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September 14, 2009 10:29:18 AM

You are asking about the X3 720 running at 3.2GHz?

Your sig already indicates this is what you have???
Phenom II X3 720 BE @ 3.2GHZ -------------------------- Corsair 750TX
DFI 790FXB M2RSH ---------------------------------------- Samsung P2050 20" LCD
Gskill PI Black DDR2-800 (4-4-4-12 1.8~1.9v) ---------- CM 690 (Modded)
2x ASUS EAH4890 CROSSFIRE
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September 14, 2009 11:10:22 AM

There is no such thing as future proof in technology because technology is always moving forward (unless there is a nuclear holocaust in which case most i7's and i9's would be traded for food and water) the best you can do is get what works best for your needs for however long they will be able to fulfill that role. That being said, 3.2 ghz is not too major of an over clock for the 720 BE to achieve on stock cooler but then again that depends, from what i have seen so far among consumer reports the 550 BE seems to be a serious overclocker although i think they both overclock very well. It really depends on how far you wish to push the chip, as long as you have them running above 3.0 ghz they wont be major bottlenecks for your graphics cards, i have seen many people over clcok the 550BE and 720 BE to 3.4-3.5 ghz with after market coolers and minimal voltage increase and sometimes even on stock V. Not too many games truly take advantage of multiple cores but is changing however all games always benefit from high core frequency and good gpu power so you would be fine either way....in some benchmarks i have seen the 720 BE go toe to toe with fast quad cores as far as gaming is concerned, if i were you i would go with the 720 if you don't mind gunning for a 3.1 overclock with the stock cooler which should be possible without voltage increase or too much heat generated otherwise go for the 550 BE and an after market cooler and as my dead grandfather would have never said :o verclock that biaaatch.
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September 14, 2009 11:51:40 AM

rooseveltdon said:
unless there is a nuclear holocaust in which case most i7's and i9's would be traded for food and water

Note to self: must buy many i7's and i9's on the Eve of Destruction :pt1cable: 
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September 14, 2009 12:53:38 PM

Anonymous said:
Go with the 720 x3 with out a doubt and then overclock it slightly for now on the stock cooler (checking the temps mind you ). Then save up a little more money and get an aftermarket cooler later on,

You will get more speed this way than x2 550be and after market cooler in the long run and thats what will count.


I agree.

Not all games can take advantage of a quad core, so going with an X3 is a good choice. However, I'd shy away from a dual if you're looking to the future. The 3.2 ghz overclock you're going for is rather modest, especially for a BE with unlocked multi, so I don't think you'll have any issues hitting it.
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September 15, 2009 6:34:50 PM

I need to restore my computer M50Sseries, but i lost my recovery cd, anyone to help?
Thks
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September 15, 2009 7:24:07 PM

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I need to restore my computer M50Sseries, but i lost my recovery cd, anyone to help?
Thks


Get the appropriate OS CD and do a clean install from there, that way don't get all the factory BS. You can probably download one off of Bit Torrent, it doesn't need a CD key (which is illegal to steal) but you can use the CD key that is on the sticker that should be on your computer.
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September 16, 2009 10:22:09 AM

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I need to restore my computer M50Sseries, but i lost my recovery cd, anyone to help?
Thks


Yes, while we were on the subject...

Has anyone seen the yellosnowman? I don't know if we helped.
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September 17, 2009 7:03:14 AM

seabreeze said:
Note to self: must buy many i7's and i9's on the Eve of Destruction :pt1cable: 



Note to self: Just grow my own food in large amounts, buy solar panels to pump my water from my 6" well and then find Seabreeze :lol: 
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September 24, 2009 3:38:13 AM

yes indeed you guys did help =P
my 720 should be coming in the weekends monday the latest
IM SO EXCITED :sol: 
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