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New CPU; where should I go

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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  1. If AM3+ (Bulldozer) is as usual with AMD, backwards compatible on AM2+ sockets. Then I am happy to wait.
  2. So you don't do anything demanding on your PC? And all you need is a CPU?
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Even if it doesn't unlock it will be faster then the slow 240 chip he has now.
  6. What of an AMD Propus?
  7. For £80 you can get a Phenom x2 or an Athlon x4 for £112 you can get a Phenom 955 BE Quad.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Best answer
    The Athlon x3 450 3.2GHz at under £60 is better price performance ratio but the 640 is a good choice as well.
  11. I've got a 640 Propus in my PC, it's pretty quick and responsive. I would recommend it
  12. Best answer selected by Omnisome.
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