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I bought a Shell Shocker - Now I need a CPU recommendation

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January 3, 2011 10:51:27 PM

:D  I bought this NewYear Eve NewEgg Shell Shocker combo (thought it was a good deal, didn't ask here before buying).

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Now UPS is bringing it to me :lol: 

and I am in need of a CPU (I have rest of components). :hello: 

My use of CPU (no over clocking, no games, no multitasking)

Daily Use = Internet and MS Office

3-5 hours a month (on a weekend) Photo Editing and Video Rending (HD)

What should be the best CPU for this combo that I bought :hello: 

I can wait 15-18 days for CPU (to get replacement from NewEgg in case of bad MB or Ram)


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

or

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

or

Add AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

Thanks
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January 4, 2011 5:39:31 AM

My use of CPU (no over clocking, no games, no multitasking)
Daily Use = Internet and MS Office

?????

You don't need a hexacore CPU for that, or even a quad for that matter.... A cheap dual or tri-core will do just fine. What's your budget for the CPU?
January 4, 2011 12:24:48 PM

Herr_Koos said:
My use of CPU (no over clocking, no games, no multitasking)
Daily Use = Internet and MS Office

?????

You don't need a hexacore CPU for that, or even a quad for that matter.... A cheap dual or tri-core will do just fine. What's your budget for the CPU?


I budgeted my self a Six Core..... (I bought the combo as my current desktop is 2005 model :fou:  )

If I buy a six core, then wouldn't I be ok for next six years? Or just buy a dual core and change MB/CPU when AM3+ sockets are more prevalent.

My needs will however remain the same over the next 6 years. :) 
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January 4, 2011 12:26:11 PM

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Take the x6 if you do rendering. Where's the psu?
That board you ordered comes with a OC dail I think. Come back here in a couple of weeks and tell me you didn't OC. You'll be bragging on here with a 4ghz OC lol

here's a good psu
Antec BP550 Plus550W 80 PLUS Certified Modular

Ill suggest you get a cheap aftermark cooler aswell

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Then what gpu will you be using?


I'll look into my current CPU (I think I have a 550W)

I will be ok with the onboard video. :D 
January 4, 2011 5:36:32 PM

I have this PSU, it is less than a year old.

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Will it be ok with my new MB/Ram and CPU choice either X4 or X6 (hope one of them will be good for next 4-5 years)

January 4, 2011 8:23:47 PM

I have a local Craiglister selling AMD Phenom 4x 925 unopened in a box.

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor HDX925WFGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I looked at NewEgg and found not a single review of it. It sells for $129.99

A steal at $80.00? or stay away from it?
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January 4, 2011 10:29:03 PM

The 925 is the am3 version of the 920 which gets 5 eggs on Newegg. For $8 more most people go for the 3Ghz 945.
I would say $80 is a steal; just examine the box closely to make sure it wasn't resealed / opened previously before handing over the cash. As always meet in a busy public place to avoid being robbed or worse.
January 16, 2011 8:40:30 PM

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