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Is AMD athlon II x2 250 dual core good for games

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April 9, 2011 8:39:01 PM

Hello,
Im getting a new pc and the specs are

Graphics: Ati Radeon HD4850 1GB
CPU: AMD Athlon II x2 3.0 GHz
Motherboard: Biostar A760G M2
RAM: 3GB
HardDrive: 500GB


Will the CPU be good for most games such as

Minecraft, Amnesia, Borderlands, Fallout New Vegas,
Vindictus, Resident Evil 4 and 5, etc.


Will the CPU bottle-cap my graphics card
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April 9, 2011 8:55:55 PM

The Athlon II X2 3Ghz would be "OK" for gaming, with a 4850 at Lower resolutions & lower levels of detail....


But, I'd highly recommend upgrading to a quad core (X4) athlon. The 4850 GPU is pretty old, I'd like to see a 5770 or GTX 460 in a new system.
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April 9, 2011 9:56:34 PM

Can you link me to the cheapest quad core AMD cpu supported by my motherboard?

the cpu slot is an AM3
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April 9, 2011 9:56:49 PM

Also it has to be on ebay
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April 9, 2011 11:02:12 PM

Ah, your motherboard doesn't appear to be an AM3, it's just an AM2+.

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

These boards are again, older and use DDR2 RAM which is slower and More Expensive than DDR3 !

Here is the lowest cost Athlon II quad core there is: $99 (get an AMD X4 630, 635, 640, or 645 all will do just a Tiny speed difference, get the fastest and cheapest ....)

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

I've got to go right now but when I get back I'll post a very low cost recommended system....off NewEgg & Ebay if I have extra time....
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April 9, 2011 11:20:08 PM

jb6684 said:
Ah, your motherboard doesn't appear to be an AM3, it's just an AM2+.

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

These boards are again, older and use DDR2 RAM which is slower and More Expensive than DDR3 !

Here is the lowest cost Athlon II quad core there is: $99 (get an AMD X4 630, 635, 640, or 645 all will do just a Tiny speed difference, get the fastest and cheapest ....)

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

I've got to go right now but when I get back I'll post a very low cost recommended system....off NewEgg & Ebay if I have extra time....




http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/content.php?S_ID=39...


My motherboard supports AM3 it says AM2/AM3
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April 9, 2011 11:28:15 PM

The 3 core athlon II's are great value as well, don't ignore them.
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April 9, 2011 11:36:30 PM

The Biostar board will support AM3 CPU BUT, it's Not an AM3 board. You can use it but, you'll pay nearly twice as much for RAM, and the RAM will be much slower than DDR3 RAM....

Here is the RAM for your board...
Support Dual Channel DDR2 533/667/800/1066(1066 by AM2+ CPU) MHz
2 x DDR2 DIMM Memory Slot
Max. Supports up to 8GB Memory


DDR3 RAM runs at 1333/1600/etc MHz... much faster...


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April 9, 2011 11:41:17 PM

Don't know if your shopping eBay to save money, or buy Used.... Here are a few suggestions....

Low end AMD Gamer:

CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2Ghz $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X4 $99 (630, 635, 640, 645...)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

E-Bay: $88 buy-it now
http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-Athlon-II-X4-640-CPU-AM2-AM2-AM...


RAM DDR3 1333 $40 (Corsair, Gskill, Kingston, or Crucial
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard $55 MSI AMD 760G (3000 graphics) (ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, or ASRock)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://cgi.ebay.com/MSI-760GM-E51-AM3-AMD-Motherboard-m...

GPU 5770 $99 (Sapphire, Power Color, ...)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Sapphire-Technology-ATI-Radeon-HD-5...


Power Supply Corsair CX430 $25 (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, at least 400watts...)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disk WD $30 (Any will do larger than 160Gb (Blue or Black series...))

DVD $20 (anything will be fine)

Case Antec, Cooler Master, $50--$100

Windows 7 64 bit $99 (be SURE it's the 64 bit version....)
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