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July 9, 2010 6:39:50 AM

im looking to upgrade my cpu and was wounder what would be the best for gmaing

phenom X2 555 BE
phenom X4 955 BE
or phenom X3 720 BE

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July 9, 2010 7:07:03 AM

That would depend alot on what the rest of your system looks like and what you're uppgrading from -
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July 9, 2010 7:13:29 AM

If you can afford it and your motherboard supports it, go for the X4. More cores will give you better value for money in the long run, especially as multi-core software support improves.
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July 9, 2010 9:50:05 AM

Herr_Koos said:
If you can afford it and your motherboard supports it, go for the X4. More cores will give you better value for money in the long run, especially as multi-core software support improves.

Yep. I agree.


Or if you don't have the money, go for Athlon X3 445, or X4 630. But as said in the first post, it will also depend on the rest of your system specs, do you have a beast GPU, good mobo etc.
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July 9, 2010 10:50:26 AM

Yes like all, generally the 955 if you can afford. You would ensure yourself for games that DO use the 4 cores. Many games don't yet, but better safe than sorry. Also, if you ever multi-task or video encode/edit, the quad core will you much more of an improvement of the 555, not sure bout the 720 though
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July 9, 2010 11:31:30 AM

The only reason to get a dual core Phenom is if you are going to try unlocking extra cores other wise x3 & x4 Athlons are better for the money. The 720 will be as good as the 955 on alot of games but newer ones will benefit more and more from the 4 cores. If gaming is all you do its worth taking into account what graphics card you have, as if its an old 4650 or worse this could be the main bootleneck not the processor. If you have onboard graphics forget about the processor until you get a decent card. Unless you have a fairly good card a x3 Athlon may deliver close to optimum performance. In summary its all about balance let us know what graphics card you have and see what advice you get.
July 9, 2010 7:34:30 PM

i have a gigabyte AM# motherbaord with DDR3 memory and a radeon hd 5770
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July 9, 2010 7:55:44 PM

phenom x4 with last the longest and will result in the fastest system

5770 plus phenom x4 core plus a good amount of ddr3 (4g+) and you should be able to run most any game out there on decent settings

now the x2 or x3 will work for now without hindering to much as most games are optimising to a max of 3 cores but the x4 gives you room for growth in the future
July 10, 2010 7:46:02 AM

jordan009 said:
im looking to upgrade my cpu and was wounder what would be the best for gmaing

phenom X2 555 BE
phenom X4 955 BE
or phenom X3 720 BE




go for phenom X4 945 3.0GHz...good price too...
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July 10, 2010 8:53:28 AM

Yes, but the 945 doesn't have unlocked multiplier, therefore if he were to overclock, it would be harder, and the golden 4.0ghz would be harder to hit.
July 10, 2010 9:36:40 AM

thank you for taking my reply into consideration,so i am buying phenom X4 945 3.0.....so what should i buy now?my config is ...

AMD PHENOM II X4 945 3.0GHz
ASUS M4A78-EM
DDR2 4GB transcend RAM
HDD SEAGATE 500GB x 2 SATA
LG DVD-W
GeFORCE 9800GT 1GB
Cabinet i-ball FAB9 [450 W]


is that all compatible and good? pls reply
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July 10, 2010 10:37:45 AM

Don't you have a thread yourself about this? I remember i posted on that, this isnt even your thread...
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July 10, 2010 12:19:54 PM

neil sheth said:


is that all compatible and good? pls reply

You thread hijacker, you.
I'm just going to say, you should drop at least $50 from your CPU choice and put it into the GPU if you are gaming. And drop the seagates for samsung F3s or WD Blacks. I've also never heard of that PSU. You sure you want to power your system with and unknown and potentially cheap PSU?


Jordan, of course the most powerful cpu with the most cores would be the best, but it won't always show a difference from, say the x3 or x3 show a difference from the x2. It all depends what games you intend to play. Most games today can only use 3 cores. But in the future, this will change. We already have the multi-core BFBC2 and FSX. But I agree with everyone so far, the x4 955 C3 stepping is your best choice, if you can afford it. But if you can get the x3, that is also a good budget model, although often overpriced. The x3 Athlon II models are lacking the L3 cache but still perform really well.
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July 10, 2010 4:07:18 PM

enzo matrix said:
You thread hijacker, you.
I'm just going to say, you should drop at least $50 from your CPU choice and put it into the GPU if you are gaming. And drop the seagates for samsung F3s or WD Blacks. I've also never heard of that PSU. You sure you want to power your system with and unknown and potentially cheap PSU?


Jordan, of course the most powerful cpu with the most cores would be the best, but it won't always show a difference from, say the x3 or x3 show a difference from the x2. It all depends what games you intend to play. Most games today can only use 3 cores. But in the future, this will change. We already have the multi-core BFBC2 and FSX. But I agree with everyone so far, the x4 955 C3 stepping is your best choice, if you can afford it. But if you can get the x3, that is also a good budget model, although often overpriced. The x3 Athlon II models are lacking the L3 cache but still perform really well.


Lol that's whut i thought
July 11, 2010 11:39:47 PM

ok well im probably gonna get the 95 but would ir improves fps in games such as (crysis WoW sup com 2 and napoleon total war) from my athlon x2 245
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July 12, 2010 5:51:53 AM

jordan009 said:
ok well im probably gonna get the 95 but would ir improves fps in games such as (crysis WoW sup com 2 and napoleon total war) from my athlon x2 245

With a 5770? Probably not noticeably in most of those games. I hear Napoleon Total War might be more cpu intensive and take advantage? But I am unsure, someone correct me if I am wrong.
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July 12, 2010 6:10:58 AM

Nope your right. Napoleon Total War is an RTS game, therefore, usually at least, RTS games use more CPU power than persay an FPS. Also, with the scale of Napoleon Total War :p  I'm pretty sure it uses much more CPU power than many other RTS's
July 12, 2010 6:04:52 PM

neil sheth said:
thank you for taking my reply into consideration,so i am buying phenom X4 945 3.0.....so what should i buy now?my config is ...

AMD PHENOM II X4 945 3.0GHz
ASUS M4A78-EM
DDR2 4GB transcend RAM
HDD SEAGATE 500GB x 2 SATA
LG DVD-W
GeFORCE 9800GT 1GB
Cabinet i-ball FAB9 [450 W]


is that all compatible and good? pls reply




get a mobo that can support DDR3, and get DDR3 ram. It's not that much more if at all, and definitely a lot better.
And don't thread jack.
July 12, 2010 6:07:53 PM

^ agreeed
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July 12, 2010 6:18:39 PM

the better cpu will only help if your pc was cpu bottle necked but you'll probly get faster load times and yea better performance in total war as RTS are usually very cpu intensive, if you're planning on playing starcraft 2 it'll help as well.

wow or crysis with your system should both look decent with the 3 or 4 core
July 12, 2010 7:21:01 PM

get a mobo that can support DDR3, and get DDR3 ram. It's not that much more if at all, and definitely a lot better.
And don't thread jack.

thank you for your suggestion.
i have already got my PC with mobo ASUS M4A785TD-V-EVO which supp DDR3 RAM upto 16GB...i assembled it 2nite itself before an hour of this reply!!!WORKING FINE!!!
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July 12, 2010 9:45:56 PM

Serially.... Whuts with all the newbies and thread jacking?
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