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FX-8150 flop. Need advice on Plan B

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October 12, 2011 11:09:48 PM

Current specs.
Athlon II x3 445 > x4 3.1ghz
ASrock 880G pro3 AM3+
Windows XP 32bit OEM
4GB DD3 1600mhz G.Skill ram
HD 6850.
Rosewill Blackbone case
Corsair 650 watt PSU

It was hard enough to pull this PC together with the economy.
With the flop of bulldozer. I need a plan B

I'm trying to do media encoding as well as gaming with a eventual HD 7850 which appears to be about a HD6950.
Im trying to keep my watt usage as low as possible( power bill with too many PCs in the house of family members.) However I really cant afford the cost of an i3-2100, new mobo and Windows 7 oem.

Any suggestions or advice what to do with this mess?

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October 12, 2011 11:18:00 PM

can u try to unlock CPU cores. and see what you get.
October 12, 2011 11:19:13 PM

jchambers2586 said:
can u try to unlock CPU cores. and see what you get.

I already have the Rana core unlocked into a quad core stable 3.1ghz
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October 12, 2011 11:45:50 PM

I was wondering if they were ever going to sell those at retail...
October 12, 2011 11:59:22 PM

jcamel24 said:
I was wondering if they were ever going to sell those at retail...
is a stock Zosma significantly better that a athlon II x4 3.1ghz?
October 13, 2011 12:22:18 AM

No, all you would get is 6MB L3 and a chance to unlock 2 cores, not worth the $125.
October 13, 2011 12:34:34 AM

Well when do you need to upgrade the cpu?
Really a quadcore would be what you need for games.
The 8150 really does fit the needs you stated. It will work fine for gaming and should be excellent for media encoding.

Since you already have an AMD base system it is FAR more cost effective to go with the 8150. I mean it's maybe $30~50 over priced at launch. It's really in the right place.
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October 13, 2011 12:40:04 AM

U know that ur system uses bout 2,9GB ram memory at max dont u?
32bit systems can recognize lots of ram, but can address 4GB at maximum ->
It's 1GB from VGA,bout 100 mbytes from cpu, hds, dvd-rom, bios caches and the rest to ur main memory (the 2,9gb I told u)

U can get better of ur system if u upgrade to a 64 bits OS
October 13, 2011 2:33:06 AM

joe_newbuilder said:
Well when do you need to upgrade the cpu?
Really a quadcore would be what you need for games.
The 8150 really does fit the needs you stated. It will work fine for gaming and should be excellent for media encoding.

Since you already have an AMD base system it is FAR more cost effective to go with the 8150. I mean it's maybe $30~50 over priced at launch. It's really in the right place.


in only a few programs with massive power draw

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October 13, 2011 3:30:35 AM
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Just keep what you have.If you want a better system save up your money a little at a time and eventually go with an Intel based one like the i5-2500K CPU or a better Intel CPU as time passes on.Honestly you will be better off getting a much better system rather than tinkering around wasting money for just a little improvement.Besides you will be able to use your current PC as a secondary one.
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October 13, 2011 3:44:22 AM

My plan B was ordering a 975 and I'll see if/what amd roll out on the am3+ socket in a while
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October 13, 2011 4:26:50 AM

Best answer selected by zankuto.
October 13, 2011 4:27:45 AM

jj463rd said:
Just keep what you have.If you want a better system save up your money a little at a time and eventually go with an Intel based one like the i5-2500K CPU or a better Intel CPU as time passes on.Honestly you will be better off getting a much better system rather than tinkering around wasting money for just a little improvement.Besides you will be able to use your current PC as a secondary one.

I could probably salvage my parts loaded onto an Intel mobo and i5 after saving for a while. Ill just save and see if piledriver is gonna do it or ill just go intel at that point.
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October 13, 2011 5:05:36 AM

Play around with OC'ing and wait for Ivy Bridge and Piledriver
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October 13, 2011 5:55:08 AM

^+1, made me stop and think as well, maybe the Fx isn't as bad as initially thought...
time will tell whilst I clock my 975 up :) 
Moto
October 13, 2011 7:08:49 AM

I'm not one for conspiracy theories but its f***ed how this can happen
October 13, 2011 7:15:19 AM

Can some one please delete the above profile??? The last thing we need is spam thank you.
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