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November 18, 2010 11:40:22 AM

Hello,

Quick Question:

I want to change my current Athlon 4000+ CPU with something more productive for AM2/AM2+ socket.
I was thinking for Phenom II 940 Black Edition - L3 Cache 8MB, but if you have something better for that money, please feel free to share it :) 
I have limited budget - around £100-£150.

Many Many Thanks

Ivo
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November 18, 2010 11:58:58 AM

Please advise as to your motherboard.

It is possible it may support an AM3 processor like the Phenom x4 965BE.

AM3 processors have both DDR2 and DDR3 memory capability so that you may reuse your RAMs and motherboard in many instances.

edit: Oh ....

Welcome! :hello: 
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November 18, 2010 12:02:18 PM

leppermesiah said:
Hello,

Quick Question:

I want to change my current Athlon 4000+ CPU with something more productive for AM2/AM2+ socket.
I was thinking for Phenom II 940 Black Edition - L3 Cache 8MB, but if you have something better for that money, please feel free to share it :) 
I have limited budget - around £100-£150.

Many Many Thanks

Ivo



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November 18, 2010 12:27:15 PM

My Motherboard is M2A-VM HDMI

I will order the CPU from UK, but i'm not there at the moment.
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November 18, 2010 12:38:59 PM

Official CPU Support from Asus.

Gaming, multimedia, video trancoding, surfing around ??

Give us an idea what you are doing and we'll fire off a few recommendations for you.
November 18, 2010 12:45:46 PM

I just bought ATI HD5750 1GB GDDR5 GPU, and later will add another 2G of DDR2 RAM. So I'm trying to make it for watching 1080p HD movies and maybe for some gaming. I'm not that into the games, but when i see something i would like to play it even if not on Ultra High details. But mostly for HD Movies.

Thank you guys for you time.
November 18, 2010 12:54:30 PM

My Current CPU - Dual Core AMD Athlon 64 X2 2100MHz 4000+ Brisbane
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November 18, 2010 12:54:31 PM

leppermesiah said:
I just bought ATI HD5750 1GB GDDR5 GPU, and later will add another 2G of DDR2 RAM. So I'm trying to make it for watching 1080p HD movies and maybe for some gaming. I'm not that into the games, but when i see something i would like to play it even if not on Ultra High details. But mostly for HD Movies.

Thank you guys for you time.


The HD5750 should off-load most of your cpu utilization for your HD video --- verify that you have installed the Avivo UVD decoder for hardware acceleceration by the 5750.

Give a look at the AMD Athlon II X3 445, Rana for £54.57 Inc VAT.

That should free up the rest of your cash for your RAMs upgrade
November 18, 2010 1:04:12 PM

I was thinking of something with Quad Core, but I'll look at this as well. Thanks Wisecracker...
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November 18, 2010 1:16:34 PM

Wisecracker said:
The HD5750 should off-load most of your cpu utilization for your HD video --- verify that you have installed the Avivo UVD decoder for hardware acceleceration by the 5750.

Give a look at the AMD Athlon II X3 445, Rana for £54.57 Inc VAT.

That should free up the rest of your cash for your RAMs upgrade


Thats a great idea, I can't believe how cheap that x3 445 is.

I was gonna say the x2 555 if dual core was an option but thats like £70.

The x4 940 is a beauty and only £75 OEM, £20 more than the x3 445, if you can push the budget a little.

http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=56...
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November 18, 2010 1:26:37 PM

leppermesiah said:
I was thinking of something with Quad Core, but I'll look at this as well. Thanks Wisecracker...


NP

The Athlon II X4 640 Propus is a great processor.


beanoslim said:
Thats a great idea, I can't believe how cheap that x3 445 is.

I was gonna say the x2 555 if dual core was an option but thats like £70.

The x4 940 is a beauty and only £75 OEM, £20 more than the x3 445, if you can push the budget a little.

http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=56...


I think that Asus mobo is limited to 95w processors --- though the PHII 940BE is a great deal.

If he could find a 95w PhII 945 he would have some massive jam for whatever he wished to do. I would suggest he stick with AM3 processors because the CPU will move forward with AM3+ when it is available (the PhII 940BE is AM2).

And, man :D  I dig my PhII 550!
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November 18, 2010 1:50:27 PM

Quote:
I think that Asus mobo is limited to 95w processors --- though the PHII 940BE is a great deal.


aaaaaaaaaaah..pity.. :mmmfff: 

Quote:
If he could find a 95w PhII 945 he would have some massive jam for whatever he wished to do. I would suggest he stick with AM3 processors because the CPU will move forward with AM3+ when it is available (the PhII 940BE is AM2).


True indeed..I have my AM3 555 housed in the DFI790GX AM2+

Quote:
And, man :D  I dig my PhII 550!


My little ol £70 555 is chugging along @3.6 quad core, I'd say value for money. [:aford10:7]
November 19, 2010 6:58:06 PM

Nice one Guys... Thanks everyone for your time and answers. I'll consider your suggestions and I'll let you all know what i bought and how it goes in my M2A-VM HDMI Board. :bounce: 
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November 20, 2010 5:44:12 AM

Consider overclocking, I'm running a 4000+ on stock cooling/auto voltage, etc at 3GHz, these are 65nm chips in an era when many were 90nm, I would clock up to at least 2.5 or so and let prices fall for a few more months.
November 25, 2010 7:55:08 AM

A little Bump of this thread.

I've just update my M2A-VM HDMI motherboard with the latest 5001 BIOS from Asus. Don't ask me Why. I've always want to try beta version of all kind of software.

It says that this BIOS is Beta but it's made to support AM3 CPU's.

Also I've read in the Asus forums that it has some limitations. It support only 65W CPU's.

The one that I'm planning to get due to your recommendations is Phenom II X4 965 Black, 3.4GHz, 8MB, AM3, Box. But this CPU is 140W. Do you think this gonna work with the Beta BIOS 5001 ? Does someone test this before, or heard something?

Any Help will be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Lep...
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November 25, 2010 12:21:46 PM

Malmental obviously knows his stuff^^ Is it worth all the if's and buts??

The 940BE isn't an option due to it being 125w.

I would seriously consider taking all the complications out of your purchase and spend £90 on the 945.

http://www.advancetec.co.uk/acatalog/AM3_Athlon_II_X3_4...

Its a great CPU especially at that price, easily OC'able and 3ghz quad core out the box. :na: 
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November 25, 2010 1:47:19 PM

Apologies, I didn't realise the 945 was also on the beta bios. :langue: 

I've only used a few beta bios with no problems, are they prone to problems???
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November 25, 2010 3:22:25 PM

I just got a new PhII 945 and CM212 with the specific intention of seeing "where will it go?" - LOL

However you, sir, will not have that option. The 945 95w will pretty much be maxed at stock with your motherboard pushing just enough to keep you going.

Unless you plan a future move to a new motherboard for the 945 that would be the way to go, but for what you want to do the PhII x2s will be fine, and at 80w with a higher overall clock speed gives a little OC headroom with which to play around. You won't have that with a 95w CPU on your current motherboard.

Otherwise, that X3 Rana is really the best deal for you, overall.
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