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April 26, 2010 4:15:43 AM

I bought a gaming PC back in December 2008.
The CPU, however, was a somewhat cheap CPU to begin with in 2008, now its just crap.
I have a AMD Athlon 64 x2 5200+.
I was wondering, can I upgrade to an i7 920 without upgrading my power supply or motherboard?

System specs:
Powercolor HD4890
Athlon 64x2 5200+
2GB Ram
Asus M4A78-E

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April 26, 2010 4:22:49 AM

You can not put an Intel CPU in an AMD motherboard. Your PSU will be fine if its been running that system no problrm it should be fine but you will have to change motherboard. You can however put a Phenom II x4 in your mother board its not as fast as an I7 but it is a very solid CPU.
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April 26, 2010 4:29:34 AM

Alright thanks, I'll start saving up for a new mobo than.
Any reccomendations?
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April 26, 2010 4:54:16 AM

I would just drop a Phenom II x4 955 in it if you use this rig for gaming you will not see much of a difference between an I7 and a Phenom II x4 955BE also you will be saveing a ton of cash doing the Phenom II. Also that board may support the new Phenom II x6 which is being released today I wouldn't change a thing on that system but the processor its really not worth the money for an I7 since your motherboard will support the Phenom II's. Also another 2 GB of RAM will help alot too.
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April 26, 2010 5:00:21 AM

You Just need a processor upgrade. There is very less performance difference between i7/i5/PhenomII/AthlonII/i3 processors as far as gaming is concerned.

So why spend a big amount on i7 when a Phenom II can do the same job for much cheaper?


Your mobo also supports Phenom II processors so you should consider PII x4 955 processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, Get another 2GB Ram (As already pointed out)
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April 26, 2010 6:30:59 AM

no doubt. go for phenom. and the money u'll save u can use for more ram, unless you have 4x512mb :) 
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April 26, 2010 6:50:45 AM

lcp1109 said:
no doubt. go for phenom. and the money u'll save u can use for more ram, unless you have 4x512mb :) 

LOL at 4x512mb didnt know people still had that :lol: 
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April 26, 2010 7:16:30 PM

+1 Phenom II.

Anything more is wasted money with only a 4890, especially if your mobo is Phenom II capable. You need a strong graphics setup to see a difference between Phenom II and i7.
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April 26, 2010 7:22:48 PM

+1 PII 955 and 2gb ram

That setup will change any bottlenecking to the gpu. Also I wouldn’t listen to mikey’s link, I don’t see it being that correct.
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April 26, 2010 7:40:34 PM

saaiello said:
LOL at 4x512mb didnt know people still had that :lol: 


Well, i have Two 1GB 266 Mhz sticks and two 256MB 400 MHz sticks in 1 computer :whistle: 
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April 26, 2010 7:43:52 PM

warmon6 said:
Well, i have Two 1GB 266 Mhz sticks and two 256MB 400 MHz sticks in 1 computer :whistle: 


lol must be a rather old pc :D 
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April 26, 2010 9:33:38 PM

about 5 to 6 years old (Pentium 4 478 socket). Family been planning for a little while to upgrade it although every time we get the money, it been place towards something else a bit more important than a new computer. (right now the money is being saved for a upcoming move to parris island, sc area.)
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April 27, 2010 5:12:00 AM

I'm still using DDR2 ram...
So, i should buy a Phenom II 965 black and 4GB DDR3 then?
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April 27, 2010 5:54:21 PM

How does the 965 black compare to the 1055T?
They're around the same price in Canada, and the 1090T black is the same price as an i7 920.
edit: Gaming Benchmarks show that the x4 965 out performs both six core processors at every game.
I should stick with the 965 then?
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April 27, 2010 6:05:09 PM

AGamingGamer said:
How does the 965 black compare to the 1055T?
They're around the same price in Canada, and the 1090T black is the same price as an i7 920.
edit: Gaming Benchmarks show that the x4 965 out performs both six core processors at every game.
I should stick with the 965 then?


I would go with the x4 955 and bump up the multiplier so I runs like the x4 965
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April 27, 2010 9:57:15 PM

Will increasing the multiplier also increase the temperature?
Because my 5200+ was already at max multiplier so I increased the bus speed, but I was only able to increase my frequency by 300MHZ without it overheating. Just wondering if I'll have the same problem if I try to increase the multiplier on the 955.
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April 28, 2010 5:52:58 AM

Increaseing the multiplier of 955 to achieve 965 stock speeds won't affect the temps as you're just OCing it by 200Mhz which is not a big bump.

Obviously if you increase it furthur then temps will rise :) 
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April 28, 2010 2:21:00 PM

But if I OC my 965 I can achive a better speed, no?
Whatever, I'll either go with the 55 or 65. Thanks for talking me out of the i7, saving me a few hundred bucks there ^^
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April 28, 2010 8:38:03 PM

heyy, to OP, make sure your board supports 125 watts cpu's for a phenom ii 955. Or 95 watts for phenom ii 945 or a phenom ii 720.
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May 3, 2010 6:40:21 PM

AGamingGamer said:
But if I OC my 965 I can achive a better speed, no?
Whatever, I'll either go with the 55 or 65. Thanks for talking me out of the i7, saving me a few hundred bucks there ^^


The 955 and 965 are pretty much the same chip and should overclock to about the same speed, you may get a little extra out of the 965 but I don’t think it will be anything noticeable. As long as you get the c3 version of the chip you should be fine.
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