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AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE

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August 25, 2010 2:37:00 AM

I'm looking at upgrading my processor from a 64 X2 6000+ to a Phenom II x2 555 BE. This is mostly for gaming and I like the 6MB of L3 cache. I'm just wondering if it is really that good. Also I know I might not get one that can, but I like the fact that it could possibly be unlocked to a tri or even quad-core. But all in all for $93, is it a worthy upgrade?

Oh and system specs (of course):
Mobo: Asus M4A785-M
RAM: 4x1GB Mushkin Enhanced DDR2 800mhz
GPU: XFX ATI Radeon HD 1GB 4770
HDD: 350GB Samsung F1 Spinpoint
PSU: Cooler Master Elite 460W
Current CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+

EDIT: Also would it be worth to upgrade to 8GB of RAM, and would I also have to upgrade the PSU?
EDIT(Again): If it is worth upgrading the RAM to 8GB , is 2 sets of G.Skill Dual Channel DDR2 800Mhz 2x2GB any good?

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August 25, 2010 2:43:37 AM

its a solid move up, plus you factor in how well it over clocks compared to the athlon x2 and the "chance" to unlock 1-2 cores makes it a good move. Just don't count on the core unlock, several people the past few months have come here crying thinking its an automatic deal. your PSU is fine and there is no need to upgrade past 4GB of RAM.


http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/120?vs=28
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August 25, 2010 2:57:30 AM

Best answer selected by RailGun88.
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August 25, 2010 2:59:08 AM

Thanks, and I will remember that website. Also how far could I overclock it with stock cooling. And what would the voltage settings and everything be for a stable oc?
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August 25, 2010 3:14:22 AM

Thank you!!
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