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February 25, 2010 9:09:47 PM

Hello,
I got an old gigabyte ga-m57sli-s4 (rev. 1), I'll pause while everyone laughs. The long and short of it is I want to upgrade my amd 5200 to either a phenom ii x2 555 or the x3 720; considering my MB will actually support them and they are each around $100. I'm not going to be upgrading my system for another year or more so it's down to these. Any suggestions either way ... considering the inability to unlock cores (no ACC) and no DDR3 support on the motherboard.

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February 25, 2010 9:25:36 PM

I forgot to mention that I really only use the computer for word processing, web surfing, and gaming. I don't do software rendering or anything that would really tax the system that much. However, I would like to see my 9800gtx+ get a little better FPS in games then what I've been getting ... I'm pretty sure my 5200 even @ 3.1 is a bottleneck.
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February 26, 2010 12:10:49 AM

I'd go with the x3. Even if you don't do anything that requires all 3 it's always nice to have one extra kicking arround in case your virus scan kicks on mid game or the like.
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February 26, 2010 12:24:22 AM

Im Not Gonna Laugh, I Like AMD Better Anyway And AMD Chips Are Still PLENTY Powerfull, I Like Your Idea. No Need To Waste Excess $$ When Your Machine Is Plenty Capable Of Handling Modern Games And Apps, Provided You Have A Decent Graphics Card And Plenty Of RAM, What Are Your Complete System Specs ATM??
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February 26, 2010 1:21:52 AM

For when I constructed it 2 years ago it wasn't to bad ...

ga-m57sli-s4 (rev. 1)
amd 64 x2 5200+ @ 3.1
zalman 9500
4gigs corsair xms ddr2 800 cas 4
xfx 9800gtx+ black edition
ocz xtreme 700w psu
Windows XP - Waiting on the new CPU before installing Windows 7 pro x64
Antec 900 Case

I think with this hardware setup I would see a noticeable increase in performance with an upgraded processor. I'm just unsure if the benefits of an extra core outweigh the higher base clock speed and C3 stepping of the x2 555 when the only available x3 720 is OEM ...

I've read benchmarks and product reviews for 3 weeks researching this and have reached an impasse with my decision making ability on the subject. Any direction given is greatly appreciated.
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February 26, 2010 5:57:02 PM

Thaks For That, I Would Agree, The CPU Upgrade Is The Thing To Do.
Your Graphics Card Is Plenty ATM, Considering Even My "Lowly" 9600GSO Has Handled Every Game Ive Thrown At It Including Crysis And Handled It Wonderfully.

Yeah I Definitely Go For A Triple Or Quad Core. :) 
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