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Looking for advice on CPU/Mobo Upgrade (AMD)

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November 4, 2009 11:32:04 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Yet to purchase, but probably this week BUDGET RANGE: 400$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, internet (work)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse/Keyboard, Speakers, Monitor, OS, Graphics Card, Power Supply (500W atx Xfinity, Model #XF500TI)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com, www.frys.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD Phenom II X4 955 CPU, GIGABYTE AM3 AMD 770 ATX Motherboard, G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Ram

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1366x768 native Widescreen

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Cooling suggestions would be nice, also wondering if there is a fool-proof way of upgrading cpu/mobo without having to reformatt?


List of parts I was considering purchasing

AMD Phenom II x4 955 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE AM3 AMD 770 ATX Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is this setup going to work together, and would I be getting my moneys worth?
Any help is appreciated, Thanks :) 
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November 4, 2009 9:52:48 PM

build said:
RAM: Lower timings for $4 more http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Can you tell us the specific components in your current set-up? i.e. CPU, mobo, RAM, GPU


Current setup is as follows

CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2000 MHz 3200+ Single core
Motherboard Name Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe (3 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
System Memory 3072 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM) (x2 512, x2 1gig)
Video Adapter GeForce GTS 250 (1024 MB)
Audio Adapter Realtek ALC850
Operation System Windows XP Pro

I'm somewhat new to upgrading certain components, so I should get a lower timed ram?

I cant seem to tell what the difference is between the Gigabyte motherboard and the MSI motherboard you posted saint19
other than possible Sli/crossfire configuration on the MSI board.


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November 4, 2009 11:18:33 PM

Yeah lower timings would be ideal so the one I suggested will work nicely.

It's just as you said, the MSI mobo saint19 mentioned is crossfire capable, but since you stated you don't want to go that route you won't need it. The one I suggested is fine.


A core i5 build would be much better though and should be within your budget. You should definitely look into it.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333mhz CL7
Combo Price: $279.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 4, 2009 11:57:21 PM

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Yeah lower timings would be ideal so the one I suggested will work nicely.

Thanks build, I'll consider getting the lower timed ram, would it would work with an AMD motherboard?
or does it not matter if the motherboard supports 240-Pin memory.


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A core i5 build would be much better though and should be within your budget. You should definitely look into it.

I had been set on getting AMD, as I have used them in the past, are there going to be major differences between the two (quad-cores)?
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November 5, 2009 12:01:32 AM

That RAM will work on any motherboard that supports DDR3.

They're both quad cores, but that's pretty much all they have in common. The Core i5 would considerably outperform that Phenom II 955 ;) 
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November 5, 2009 1:28:37 AM

Thanks build, ill keep that in mind. Have any good benchmark sites for the two?

From what I can understand, for gaming, both CPUs would perform almost the same,
and as your limited to graphics performance by your GPU, at some point it all comes down to that right?

From what I read about the Core i5 CPU, it out performs the phenom II when it comes to encoding videos,compressing files, etc..
And also the possibility of upgrading to a different Intel CPU would require me to buy a new motherboard (from what I've read?).
Unlike the AMD motherboard where you can swap different CPUs.
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