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AMD PHENOM 940 to ATHLON II 620

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August 17, 2010 11:34:18 PM

Hi im thinking of swapping over from DDR2 to DDR3 but i need to keep my budget down, would swapping from an amd phenom II 940 to athlon 620 be a bad move. The graphics card i have installed is a HIS 5770 1GB. 4GB of DDR2 800mhz memory would be changed to 2 GB of DDR3 1333. Or should i just hold on to my my asus m4n78se motherboard. I play BC2, COD , DOD source and will probably purchase medal of honor when it comes out. I sometime run 2 screens watch sky player and and open other applications on the other. My displays are 22" HDTV and 17" monitor but i mainly only use the 17" for games.

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August 18, 2010 12:38:10 AM

The DDR3 is no better than the DDR2.
August 18, 2010 1:30:25 AM

Its a waste of money to change to DDR3 if you already have a good DDR2 system, dropping down to 2GB of DDR3 and an Athlon II 620 will cost you quite a bit of performance. Switching from DDR2 800MHz to DDR3 1600MHz might give you a 5% boost, but switching from 4GB to 2GB will cost you far more performance than DDR3 would gain you.
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August 18, 2010 8:21:30 PM

hunter315 said:
Its a waste of money to change to DDR3 if you already have a good DDR2 system, dropping down to 2GB of DDR3 and an Athlon II 620 will cost you quite a bit of performance. Switching from DDR2 800MHz to DDR3 1600MHz might give you a 5% boost, but switching from 4GB to 2GB will cost you far more performance than DDR3 would gain you.


Ok sounds good maybe i should hang on for a while longer or think maybe solid state drive in my next system when prices start to fall a little. Ive updated the BIOS in my DDR2 motherboard to include the 6 cores compattibility maybe this board can last me another 5 years. Supposedly this mobo supports DDR2 1200OC and the max ive got my phenom to is 3.4GHZ stable.
September 11, 2010 6:16:14 PM

I had an old packard bell case in the loft it was from an old P4 computer. I purchased the amd athlon II 620 and a Biostar MCP6P3 motherboard with 2GB of DDR3 1333 memory. Total cost £160 i don't think its bad for a 2nd pc i already had a spare 160GB hard drive which was left over from the packard bell. I sold the innards of the packard bell on ebay last year and ddr memory was donated to my mother in laws pc. Its connected to one 17" monitor and using mainly has a media pc(KVM). I decided to download BC2 and impressed how it runs on advanced setting with ati 4650, it is mainly for home office and sky player though but on a low budget who'd buy intel when can sacrifice a few seconds for little money. Roll on BULLDOZER next year from AMD i might even upgrade my AMD PHENOM 940 AM2+ pc then.

AMD RULES.
September 12, 2010 5:11:02 AM

Hmm as said no gains for going DDR2-->DDR3, having a BIOS for your current mobo able to slot in a Thuban and with HD6k incoming it could be a GPU upgrade is the best bang upgrade ^^
September 12, 2010 11:28:06 AM

batuchka said:
Hmm as said no gains for going DDR2-->DDR3, having a BIOS for your current mobo able to slot in a Thuban and with HD6k incoming it could be a GPU upgrade is the best bang upgrade ^^

Ok so you think its best to stick with DDR2 for the near future say 2 years.

My gaming pc specs: My other specs:

Amd Phenom II 940 (running at stock speed) Amd Athlon II 620 (running at stock speed)

Asus M4N78SE Biostar MCP6P3

4gb DDR2 800MHZ 2gb DDR3 1333MHZ

2 x 500GB hard drives 160gb hard drive

1 x HIS 5770 1GB graphics card 1 x xfx 4650 1gb graphics card

Windows 7 proffesional (64 bit) Windows xp 32bit dual booted with UBUNTU 10.04

The one on the left is better for gaming but i think the performance drop comes mainly from the mobo PCI EXPRESS 1.0a for the pc specs on the right and if i swap the cards they would be a bit closer in performance. If i decided to buy an extra 2GB of DDR3 1333 and used the ati 5770 for the athlon II pc(obviously changing the mobo to an asus 880) chipsethttp://www.ebuyer.com/product/206153

Do you think that would give me a better gaming experience. I'm only thinking of upgrading before V.A.T increase. I have flashed the ASUS M4N78SE with the latest BIOS, for the 6 core. I will be looking to buy CRYSIS 2.

September 12, 2010 11:30:28 AM

I didn't lay that out right i was in a bit of a rush. There is 2 specs above.
September 12, 2010 2:08:04 PM

Do you own both of those systems?

PCIE 1.0 has no performance impact on the 5770.

In my opinion grab a 1055t from newegg for 178$, or a 95TDP one+Hyper 212 from Tigerdirect fro ~220 total, and wait it out for the 6K series.

Consider a hard drive/SSD upgrade as well, those look old.
September 14, 2010 12:36:20 PM

wolfman72 said:
Ok so you think its best to stick with DDR2 for the near future say 2 years.

My gaming pc specs: My other specs:

Amd Phenom II 940 (running at stock speed) Amd Athlon II 620 (running at stock speed)

Asus M4N78SE Biostar MCP6P3

4gb DDR2 800MHZ 2gb DDR3 1333MHZ

2 x 500GB hard drives 160gb hard drive

1 x HIS 5770 1GB graphics card 1 x xfx 4650 1gb graphics card

Windows 7 proffesional (64 bit) Windows xp 32bit dual booted with UBUNTU 10.04

The one on the left is better for gaming but i think the performance drop comes mainly from the mobo PCI EXPRESS 1.0a for the pc specs on the right and if i swap the cards they would be a bit closer in performance. If i decided to buy an extra 2GB of DDR3 1333 and used the ati 5770 for the athlon II pc(obviously changing the mobo to an asus 880) chipsethttp://www.ebuyer.com/product/206153

Do you think that would give me a better gaming experience. I'm only thinking of upgrading before V.A.T increase. I have flashed the ASUS M4N78SE with the latest BIOS, for the 6 core. I will be looking to buy CRYSIS 2.



Considering majority games aren't even optimised for even X4, a nice beefy PSU with a view of a GPU upgrade would be the most prudent step as of now
September 14, 2010 9:26:03 PM

2185671,10,306881 said:
Considering majority games aren't even optimised for even X4, a nice beefy PSU with a view of a GPU upgrade would be the most prudent step as of now[/quotemsg


The graphics card route would mean GTX 460 or ati 5850 from the ati 5770 ive already got. Would depend on how much i could get for the 5770 which i purchased in January.

How much do you think i could get for an athlon II 240, biostar mcp6p3 motherboard with 2GB of ddr3 1333, ati 5770 bundled with retail win 7. I think that should at least cover the cost of new card, PSU wise ive got the fsp blue storm II which is aabout a year old rated 500W (550W max). Obviosly just thinking at the moment.
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