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January 28, 2011 9:33:15 PM

APD: Around March


Budget: Nothing silly (Perhaps around £80.00 - Don't need anything too fancy)


System usage: Mostly games, nothing hardcore. I listen to music and watch videos... Internet.


Parts not required: Well, I just need a new processor


Preferred websites:
http://www.cclonline.com
http://www.ebuyer.com
http://www.ebay.co.uk
http://www.scan.co.uk


Location: UK


Part preferences: My system specifications are in the signature below


Overclocking? No


SLi/CrossFireX? Obviously not.


Resolution: 1280x1024@70Hz

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January 28, 2011 9:34:12 PM

If AM3+ (Bulldozer) is as usual with AMD, backwards compatible on AM2+ sockets. Then I am happy to wait.
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January 28, 2011 9:49:11 PM

So you don't do anything demanding on your PC? And all you need is a CPU?
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January 29, 2011 12:26:01 AM

BD (AM3+ as you said) isn't going to be backwards compat. It won't fit in either AM2+ or AM3. I think AMD stated AM3 chips will fit in AM3+, but the AM3+ won't work in an AM3 board.

I'd look to see if you can move up to a quad core CPU. If not, a PhII tri core would be a good idea.
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January 29, 2011 12:35:11 AM

BD (AM3+ as you said) isn't going to be backwards compat. It won't fit in either AM2+ or AM3. I think AMD stated AM3 chips will fit in AM3+, but the AM3+ won't work in an AM3 board.

I'd look to see if you can move up to a quad core CPU. If not, a PhII tri core would be a good idea.




Yeah, a PhII tri core might unlock into a quad, if you have a board that supports core unlocking
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January 29, 2011 3:26:11 AM

Even if it doesn't unlock it will be faster then the slow 240 chip he has now.
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January 29, 2011 10:21:40 AM

What of an AMD Propus?
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January 29, 2011 10:48:22 AM

For £80 you can get a Phenom x2 or an Athlon x4 for £112 you can get a Phenom 955 BE Quad.
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January 29, 2011 10:49:33 AM

What about it? It will be faster then what you have depends on the tasks you do, and which Propus you buy. Going from memory, the 240 is a 2.8GHz part? If you buy the 620 which runs at 2.6GHz, some tasks might take a bit longer. Heavily threaded tasks should be much faster, even if you have the 620.
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January 29, 2011 10:57:55 AM

I'm thinking of getting the AMD Propus 640 (3GHz) for £75.00
The poitn of the upgrade is to get more cores to support future games.
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January 29, 2011 11:06:27 AM

The Athlon x3 450 3.2GHz at under £60 is better price performance ratio but the 640 is a good choice as well.
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January 29, 2011 1:34:37 PM

I've got a 640 Propus in my PC, it's pretty quick and responsive. I would recommend it
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January 29, 2011 4:41:43 PM

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