AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor AM2 2.8 Ghz
ECS AM2 Motherboard
2 x 1 Gb PC2-6400 DDR2 Ram
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5750 1 Gb
600W Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA II
Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-11L PATA
Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case
I am looking to upgrade my processor, preferably AMD, and finding a good AM3 motherboard with crossfire support. I am not sure what is worth the price for the performance so I thought I'd check it out here. Obviously I would be buying new DDR3 ram, but I will decide that myself at another time.
I am looking to spend $150-$200 on the processor/motherboard. But I am willing to push it a little more if necessary for my requirements.
o1die, you bought the last one at my store. I live around Parmer/Yager. I'm sure more deals will roll around, I'd just like to start getting a sense of what to look for, as I am clueless in the current cpu/mobo market. Probably won't purchase for a couple paychecks.
I'm wondering how much of a upgrade the AMD Phenom X2 555 Black Edition 3.2 Ghz would be over my AMD Athlon 64 x2 5600+ 2.8 Ghz. Gaming is the most important aspect of my computing experience.
If anyone has a good motherboard for this card, with crossfire, sata2, and usb3.0 then any suggestions would be welcome. Looking for four gigs of ddr3 aswell. I probably won't be purchasing for about a month, but I thought I would figure out my plan and look for deals for the next month.
You are in luck. I just returned the 630 propus combo for a refund this afternoon to the austin store. It may still be available if you want it. Looks like a decent board for under $100. I even downloaded the rebate form and gave it to one of fry's cashier's in case someone wants it. Just decided I didn't need it right now.
The 555 BE gets more fps in Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, Far Cry 2, Crysis Warhead, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Dawn of War II, and World of Warcraft.
The 444 only wins on Dragon Age Origins.
Most of the games Anandtech uses for that are poorly threaded for a 3rd core. The Athlon II X3 is cheaper, offers similar performance single/dual threads, but will shine when more than 2 cores are in use. Really it comes down to personal preference, but I agree with some others that the Phenom II X2 line up is a waste of money, I'd rather get an Athlon II X4 for the same cost. Loose a few fps in most games because of a lack of L3 cache, but perform better in a handful of the new well threaded games and have much better desktop/application performance.