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October 13, 2009 1:28:19 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: around $500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Music, Movies, Surfing the net, no intense gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Mouse,keyboard, monitor)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: : newegg.com

I was looking at AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor and GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (unlock cores)


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This build does not have to be flashy but want to build something descent
October 15, 2009 12:53:37 PM

Add this to it:

1 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2-1066
1 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4670 100255 HDMI Video Card
1 Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
1 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Computer Case
Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power Power Supply
1 SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support
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October 15, 2009 12:58:13 PM

This may work with an old version of the bios on your choice of motherboard also:

Chinese website Coolaler.com has learned that MSI's newest AMD 785G motherboard, the 785GM-E65, can not only unlock the two disabled cores on the Phenom II X2 550, but also provide reasonable overclocking stability for the processor. Coolaler used a retail Phenom II X2 550 on the new motherboard, and simply set the ACC feature in the BIOS setup to "auto" (which enables it from the BIOS end). The system booted with all physical cores on the processor enabled, and allowed overclocking it to 3.609 GHz (18 x 200 MHz, 1.344 V). The chip was subjected to full-load using two instances of Orthos to test its stability, to which it emerged fairly stable.

http://www.techpowerup.com/100519/Latest_785G_Motherboa...
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October 15, 2009 4:01:43 PM

evongugg said:
This may work with an old version of the bios on your choice of motherboard also:

Chinese website Coolaler.com has learned that MSI's newest AMD 785G motherboard, the 785GM-E65, can not only unlock the two disabled cores on the Phenom II X2 550, but also provide reasonable overclocking stability for the processor. Coolaler used a retail Phenom II X2 550 on the new motherboard, and simply set the ACC feature in the BIOS setup to "auto" (which enables it from the BIOS end). The system booted with all physical cores on the processor enabled, and allowed overclocking it to 3.609 GHz (18 x 200 MHz, 1.344 V). The chip was subjected to full-load using two instances of Orthos to test its stability, to which it emerged fairly stable.

http://www.techpowerup.com/100519/Latest_785G_Motherboa...


I always heard good things about Gigabyte boards though. I read some reviews on the MSI board you suggested but doesn't seem to popular from what i read on Newegg.com reviews.
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October 16, 2009 12:04:03 PM

Certainly, Gigabyte and Asus are better quality than MSI. They are Tier 1 manufacturers.

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October 16, 2009 12:16:04 PM

evongugg said:
Certainly, Gigabyte and Asus are better quality than MSI. They are Tier 1 manufacturers.



Any recmmendations on a good board that would unlock cores from both ASUS and Gigabyte? I appreciate the help. I have been out of the loop of building desktops for awhiel now..lol
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December 3, 2009 8:35:11 PM

Just bought the Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H and AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition.

Unlocked all four cores and running at 3.4ghz on the stock cooler. urah!
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