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July 19, 2010 2:46:10 AM

cool so i was thinking of getting an amd x3 phenom processor as an upgrade for my comp... im coming from and intel obviously but the thing is, is it really an upgrade or should i just go for a quad or even an i3 ... im using it for gaming... and once i get that im gonna get a new video card but just with the cpu for now....


Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit(6.1,Build 7600)
Pentium dual-core E5300 @ 2.6ghz
4096mb ram
Geforce 7900 GS
P5QPL-AM motherboard
500w BFG power supply
hp w1707 17inch 1440x900 resolution

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July 19, 2010 2:57:48 AM

It completely depends on what you are using your computer for, which you failed to tell us. You also failed to give us a pricerange.

If it is gaming, then you will not benefit since your video card is waaay underpowered. It is the bottleneck in your system. Since you are going for the x3 phenom, I assume you are looking at ~$120, so I recommend a radeon 4850, if you can find it or a 5850, if you can afford the extra cash. 5670 if you are on more of a budget.

If you are doing something CPU intensive but multi-threaded, for your price I recommend the Athlon IIx4 2.9GHz for $100. Another option is to get a cheap core 2 quad, saving money on a new motherboard. A 2.6GHz one should perform about the same as the Athlon II.

If you are doing something CPU intensive but single-threaded, I recommend the Phenom IIx2. a model over 3GHz should be ~$80 last I checked. Not a black edition though for ~$80. Or a core i3 model, if you can afford the extra cost.

If you are gaming and are upgrading your graphics card but forgot to tell us, the x3 is amazing if you can find it below $120. 3 cores (ideal for most modern games) unlocked multi (for overclocking). Excellent value. The i3 will provide excellent value also, but will suffer in any CPU dependent games that use more than 2 cores.
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July 19, 2010 3:00:27 AM

For starters you can't put an AMD processor in your mother board, or an I3 for that matter. You've got an older socket 775 board, it only takes socket 775 processors from Intel. This would limited to the Core2Duo and Core2Quad, along with weaker Pentium Dual core, Celeron Dual core. If you want any of the newer Intel I3/I5/I7 or any AMD processor, you'll need a new motherboard and probably DDR3 memory depending what you decide to purchase.

Here is the cpu support list for your board.
http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=08c0CULpvP1ZM9kT
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July 19, 2010 3:17:38 AM

cool i did say what im using it for its gaming... and my price range is 400 canadian but im planing on getting a 5770 or a gtx 260 video card and i know i need a new motherboard which i will be gettin ... an idea on what motherboard would be cool too uhhh ye thanks
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July 19, 2010 3:28:37 AM

kreepa said:
cool i did say what im using it for its gaming... and my price range is 400 canadian but im planing on getting a 5770 or a gtx 260 video card and i know i need a new motherboard which i will be gettin ... an idea on what motherboard would be cool too uhhh ye thanks

You're stuck on AM2+ unless you upgrade the ram too. I got this board for my build. Still loving it. Supports the latest AMD CPUs too:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=43357&vpn=M4A785-M&manufa...
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Those are my 3 favourite places for parts. You can pricematch on NCIX for the amount tiger is selling it for.

Get the 5770 unless you can really make use of Cuda or need PhysX.
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July 19, 2010 3:49:19 AM

what you mean stuck on am2+ ..meanin dual core?
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July 19, 2010 3:53:50 AM

if this is for gaming, you might wanna take the hit for the gtx 460 over the 5770 or 260.
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July 19, 2010 4:17:21 AM

kreepa said:
what you mean stuck on am2+ ..meanin dual core?


AM2+ is a socket type from AMD, it only supports DDR2 memory which you likely already have. If you want an AM3 motherboard, you also need to purchase DDR3 memory to go with it.
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July 19, 2010 6:26:10 AM

I would get the video card first and see what happens, the video card is much more important than the CPU in gaming. A HD 5770 is overkill for your monitor but you can use that when you get a new one. Next I would buy a bigger monitor and only after that I would change the mobo/CPU/RAM.
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July 19, 2010 6:28:29 AM

Correct, but as of current, I think AM3 processors mostly play well with AM2+ boards, but check with the manufacturer before assuming.
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July 19, 2010 5:19:04 PM

im gonna get the video card at the same time as the cpu...but uhh i found this motherboard and cpu combo you guys think its a good deal.... whats 1.5 mb cache matter i know the one im running now only has 2mb cache but if cache really matters then going down wouldnt help upgrade
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
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July 19, 2010 8:57:43 PM

So whats wrong with your E5300? If you upgrade your video card you should notice a marked improvement.

Also try overclocking your E5300.
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