Upgrading AM3 CPU

Hey Im looking to upgrade my processor

i currently have a amd athlon II x2 245 2.9GHz

my mainboard is MSI 870-G45 AM3 Socket

looking to spend about $75-100

im choosen three processor

Phenom II x3 720 OEM for 99.95

Phenom II x2 555 Retail for 91.95

or
Athlon II x3 450 Retail for 79.99

I Have a Xigametek HDT-S964 92MM CPU Cooler

also running a ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB
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  1. I would go for the 820 oem for $99.99 at newegg so you don't have to worry about unlocking cores.
  2. the athlonII x3 450 is a good processor. You didnt list what your intended uses are but it does decent even in gaming.
  3. If your gaming get the Phenom II X3 or Phenom II X2 and OC the *** out of it. If your not gaming get the Athlon II X3. That mobo will unlock cores, well mine did. I don't know if I'm just lucky or my Phenom II X3 740 was a broken one :L I have the same mobo its great :D But like o1die I think the 820 is a steal you should check it out. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103824
  4. hey im in the same situation. but what is that amd 820 ive never heard of that
  5. It's an early Phenom II am3; still good for gaming; the L3 cache makes it better than the propus for about the same price.
  6. Yeah I forgot to mention that the L3 cache gaming really makes a difference, but do everything else it doesn't really. So even if you get a Phenom II X2 its faster then the Athlon II X3 or something in gaming at least.
  7. The Athlon II X3 runs almost the same as the Phenom II X2 http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/athlon-ii-x3-435_5.html#sect0 Just burns more energy + more heat because of the extra core. But your best bet would be the oem BE quad core the 820? I think that was listed here.
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