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September 6, 2010 6:41:54 AM

I have a phenom 2 x3720 BE unlocked CPU and OC to 3.5 GHZ and running stable for 1.5 years now.
is there a better cpu I can get that will give me more performance than what I have now.
mother board is a asus m4a89gtdpro/usb3 I had this cpu on another board before this 1.












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September 6, 2010 7:52:13 AM

Of course there is but it also depends on your tasks. For example, video editing would benefit heavily from a new CPU but gaming, with the exception of a couple games, would show no improvement at all.
It also depends on the rest of your system specs. It might not be your CPU holding you back in the yet to mentioned tasks to intend to run.
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September 6, 2010 8:10:33 AM

enzo matrix said:
Of course there is but it also depends on your tasks. For example, video editing would benefit heavily from a new CPU but gaming, with the exception of a couple games, would show no improvement at all.
It also depends on the rest of your system specs. It might not be your CPU holding you back in the yet to mentioned tasks to intend to run.


call of duty 4 modern warefare unknown

roxio dvd encoder using all 4 cores
real player converter using all 4 cores
winrar uses all 4 cores


System spec's
I just installed a new asus m4a89gtdpro/usb3 MOBO last week with 8 GB ddr3 1333 ram
2 OCZ vertex 30 GB ssd's raid 0
ati 5770 GPU
WD green 1 TB HDD
WD 320 GB blue HDD
1 DVD RW
1 TV Tuner
1 Corsair TX 750 watt PSU
8 GB corsair xms3 ddr3 1333

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September 6, 2010 8:27:26 AM

If you are desperate to change 965BE would do you good. But otherwise i would wait for Bulldozer or Sandy Bridge.
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September 6, 2010 8:42:18 AM

I am stuck with AMD because of price. How much good would a AMD 6 core do? I know its $200.
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September 6, 2010 8:46:15 AM

1055T is $200 and 1095T is $300. Both are not that good for gaming. But that's not a necessity. 965BE would do you just as good and would cost you $30 cheaper.
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September 6, 2010 8:59:21 AM

I just benched marked my CPU against someone's 965 at 4 GHZ and my current CPU kills it
I was using performance test.
Will I still be OK. am I better off staying where I am at?


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September 6, 2010 9:55:07 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/83?vs=102

But as i said... 720BE is a decent processor. But to wait for at least Sandy Bridge to come out would be wiser. If you want or prefer AMD then you have to wait a little while longer.


will bulldozer be a am3 socket?


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September 6, 2010 10:02:46 AM

Ummmm.... That is quite hard to tell. Very little is known about it. Only some architecture details hae been out. Also its said that it will be on the AM3r2 (AM3+) platform. Cant comment on the backward compatibility now. It will take some time for it go come out.

If you dont want a complete overhaul of the system, then i think that you can change the CPU now and it will still be quite good in a year and save a little, check SB and Bulldozer benchmarks and reviews and price drops and upgrade to the complete new rig.
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September 6, 2010 10:22:48 AM

Why pull this mobo out I jst put it in. I spent 160 on the board.
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September 6, 2010 10:29:36 AM

That's why i said wait for a year or so, or at least till you processor isn't able to keep up with the latest games and apps and GPU's. Then upgrade. That maybe a quite sometime.
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September 6, 2010 10:38:37 AM

What is my 4 th core unlocked x3 720 equal to I kicks the shi* out of all the AMD cpu's excpt the 6 core. it's over clocked to 3.5 GHZ and running 4 cores.
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September 6, 2010 11:08:01 AM

look here for the best cpu for you

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/desktop-cpu-charts...

i think the best cpu for you would be AMD Phenom II X6 1090T

but this really shows you the weakness in the cpu design becasue a 4 core intel core i7 920 performs very simily

(the i7 970 4 cores 8 threads) is twice the speed

i think amd have the budget market but intel have the performence market
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September 6, 2010 6:02:27 PM

jchambers2586 said:
will bulldozer be a am3 socket?

No. Last I heard, AM3+ so a new motherboard will be in order.

What is my 4 th core unlocked x3 720 equal to I kicks the shi* out of all the AMD cpu's excpt the 6 core. it's over clocked to 3.5 GHZ and running 4 cores.
If you have unlocked the core and it is stable, there is no use upgrading. You might be able to overclock a 955 or 965 to 3.8-4GHz but is it worth it? The performance increase would be minimal.

The only viable upgrade would be a 6-core 1055t, and all that would benefit that I see is your video encoding, realplayer and winrar. Ask yourself, do I really want a marginal performance increase for $200? unless you can sell your x3 to compensate. The upgrade might be worth it depending on how much you video encode etc.

i think the best cpu for you would be AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
I disagree. He obviously overclocks so the higher clockspeed would be useless to him since everything I have seen has shown both 1055 and 1090 to overclock the same. the 1055 is a full $100 less and will perform the same as an overclocked 1090 once you overclock the 1055.

I was told the 1055 t will go to 4 GHZ.

Or apparently more if you get really lucky.
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September 6, 2010 6:32:25 PM

enzo matrix said:
No. Last I heard, AM3+ so a new motherboard will be in order.

What is my 4 th core unlocked x3 720 equal to I kicks the shi* out of all the AMD cpu's excpt the 6 core. it's over clocked to 3.5 GHZ and running 4 cores.
If you have unlocked the core and it is stable, there is no use upgrading. You might be able to overclock a 955 or 965 to 3.8-4GHz but is it worth it? The performance increase would be minimal.

The only viable upgrade would be a 6-core 1055t, and all that would benefit that I see is your video encoding, realplayer and winrar. Ask yourself, do I really want a marginal performance increase for $200? unless you can sell your x3 to compensate. The upgrade might be worth it depending on how much you video encode etc.

i think the best cpu for you would be AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
I disagree. He obviously overclocks so the higher clockspeed would be useless to him since everything I have seen has shown both 1055 and 1090 to overclock the same. the 1055 is a full $100 less and will perform the same as an overclocked 1090 once you overclock the 1055.

I was told the 1055 t will go to 4 GHZ.

Or apparently more if you get really lucky.



I will wait for the 6 core price drop to 1130/150 then it will be worth it.
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September 6, 2010 10:17:29 PM

jchambers2586 said:
I will wait for the 6 core price drop to 1130/150 then it will be worth it.

What currency is that in? The last time I saw a number/another number representing a price was in the 1800s and it involved pounds, shillings and pence.
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September 7, 2010 1:43:00 AM

enzo matrix said:
What currency is that in? The last time I saw a number/another number representing a price was in the 1800s and it involved pounds, shillings and pence.



I typed it wrong
suppose to be between $150 and $130
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September 7, 2010 2:13:44 PM

jchambers2586 said:
I typed it wrong
suppose to be between $150 and $130

That makes sense. Hopefully when bulldozer or even sandy bridge comes out, you'll get your pricedrop.
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September 8, 2010 5:01:38 AM

enzo matrix said:
That makes sense. Hopefully when bulldozer or even sandy bridge comes out, you'll get your pricedrop.



$200 is too much for a CPU in my opinion.
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September 8, 2010 9:48:28 PM

jchambers2586 said:
$200 is too much for a CPU in my opinion.

I agree. If I am really enthusiastic though, I'll spend up to $200 on a cpu. But it has to really impress me for the price. Same goes for graphics cards.
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September 8, 2010 11:25:39 PM

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September 8, 2010 11:32:08 PM

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