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Should I upgrade my amd athlon 435 X3 to phenom II X2 555 BE?

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December 12, 2010 3:00:31 AM

My rig is as follows:
AMD 435 X3 running at 2.9ghz (revision BL-C2)
Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H rev 1.1
4gb patriot OC ram 800mhz
9600gt OC edition
old 500gb 7200rpm westen digital HD that came with my last retail computer
550W antec BP550 plus

I am in college for computer programming and a do a fair amount of gaming on my computer. Would I see that big of performance increase from switching to the 555 BE, plus I would be buying the hyper 212 to go along with it for overclocking. My max overclock on my current chip is a whopping 3.2ghz, unstable no matter what I do after that point. Also if it is worth the upgrade, should I get it from newegg or amazon, it seems they are different model numbers and I don't know if it's worth the risk not getting a C3 from amazon.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Callisto-Dual-Core-Pro...

Any other suggestions to boost performance are welcome aswell. Also is it worth waiting for Bulldozer and Sandy Bridge to come out?
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December 12, 2010 3:22:54 AM

it won't be be much of a performance upgrade plus your 9600GT will limit any gains you could get. I'd save for a video card upgrade first, then worry about getting a phenom II x4 upgrade.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/112?vs=120
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December 12, 2010 3:37:49 AM

If I upgrade the gpu to gtx 460 786mb, would it be worth the upgrade then?
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December 12, 2010 3:42:04 AM

no, skip the phenom II x2 and get a X4 (after the GTX 460)

a 10% FPS increase (athlon II x3 to phenom II x2) is not anything special. you won't notice it in gaming.

as is, an athlon II x3 @ 3.2ghz and GTX 460 eill make a fine gaming machine.
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December 12, 2010 8:09:27 AM

i agree with ct1615.. although not sure how big your screen is (nor your resolution) i'm thinking that the video card is your bottleneck right now.

also not sure about power requirements for the 460..
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December 12, 2010 2:26:33 PM

No. No you shouldn't.

I'm guessing that you could get a higher overclock with a better cooler. If you're only getting 3.2Ghz your either using the stock cooler or you may just have a bit of a lame chip ^_^. The Athlon II X3 would be a little faster in games and apps that make use of 3 or more threads, but would be slower in those coded less efficiently that only make use of 2.

Anyway, getting the X3 doesn't make sense for you. If you want to upgrade your CPU hold off for Bulldozer next year. In the mean time a better CPU cooler should help you get a higher clock speed and more performance to tide you over. Just make sure you keep it stable if you need it for school stuff ^_^
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December 12, 2010 6:24:08 PM

I agree with all the above but I don't think they made a 555Be in C2 they are all C3, so its worth it only if you can unlock to 4 core which is not worth the risk incase you pay to not get an upgrade.
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