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Phenom II x4 955 on AM2+ board or Phenom II x4 945 on AM3 board ?????

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January 28, 2010 11:15:50 PM

I can purchase two systems (ZT Systems, Affinity) very closely priced. One system uses an AM2+ mboard and an AMD Phenom IIx4 955 with 8 gig of ddr2. The other system has an AM3 board with an AMD Phenom IIx4 945 with 8 gig of DDR3 (1333MHz). Would I be better off with the AM3 mboard and a slightly slower cpu or should I go with the 955 on the older mboard? I'm not a gamer and I don't really use any programming that requires such a powerful cpu. My concern is upgrades down the road to keep up with traffic.

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January 28, 2010 11:36:10 PM

go with the am3 board, the cpu speed difference will more than be made up for by the increase in memory bandwidth plus AM3 is the newest socket from AMD. as AM2 gets phased out this will offer the best upgrade path imo.
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January 28, 2010 11:45:03 PM

What are the Video cards on the 2 systems ?? - after the CPU that is the component that will effect the performance the most (if not more important than the CPU) - If they are also about the same then the AM3 would be the way to go.
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January 29, 2010 12:15:57 AM

I plan on using the ATI Radeon HD4550 with either. Thanx for the replies.
January 29, 2010 12:17:16 AM

512 MB DDR3 on the card
January 29, 2010 12:27:06 AM

945 with am3 board is the best choice
January 29, 2010 12:53:47 AM

+^1 The Duke.
Upgrade options are more with AM3 board.

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January 29, 2010 4:04:11 PM

Go for a slower CPU with a good motherboard because you can overclock the processor or replace it..since AMD will use the AM3 socket for a long time's better to have some upgrade options
January 29, 2010 5:46:40 PM

Am3 is the better option newer processors will go on it and it also supports ddr3
January 29, 2010 5:58:10 PM

I agree, go with the AM3.
January 29, 2010 9:39:50 PM

Thank you all for your help. Its clear I'll go with the AM3 board.
January 31, 2010 8:51:01 PM

Bought this today:|84|56671&N=4017755%204294908621&Mo=10&No=5&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=

Best deal I could find anywhere online. All I need is a graphics card. Don't do much gaming so I can probably find a good card for a reasonable price.

Thanx again all, all of your comments are appreciated.
January 31, 2010 11:11:34 PM

Best answer selected by negril.