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July 24, 2012 8:14:06 PM

I know Intel provides much better processors, but their processors are so much more expensive. All I want is a good Processor for video editing.

I have an AMD Phenom II X2 550

I'm considering an upgrade. I've heard Athlons are better. I want to stick to AMD because of price and don't mind having something mid-range. Preferably something that has a surprising punch for its price. I'm not wealthy so nothing over £80 if possible. Or something that doesn't have too much trouble with over-clocking to boost performance.

If there is a cheap Intel (I mean really cheap) that out-performs the Phenom II x2, will a MSI 770 G45 Motherboard support it?

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July 24, 2012 8:38:38 PM

What socket type is your processor
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July 24, 2012 8:44:01 PM

Not sure think it's AM3 (938). Does that help?
July 24, 2012 8:45:18 PM

I know that much but is it an AM3 or something else
July 24, 2012 8:45:41 PM

jay_nar2012 said:
Intel CPUs aren't compatible with AMD sockets.
These CPUs will work with this board- http://www.msi.com/product/mb/770-G45.html#/?div=CPUSup...


Ok cool, so out of those what do you think is the best for the money, and also what is surprisingly cheap for what it's capable of? I can't afford for example a Phenom x6. At least I don't think I can. a hex-core sounds rather expensive....
July 24, 2012 8:52:43 PM

The beauty of AMD - They don't charge exorbitant premiums for their 6-core processors. Hell, you can even get an "8-core", but I hesitate to call it that.

MicroCenter is offering Phenom II X4 965 and Phenom II X6 1075T for $99 which is extremely reasonable.
July 24, 2012 8:55:52 PM

Your best bet is upgrading to a Phenom II x4 because they have a high clock speed and you would have L3 cache which would increase your speed
July 24, 2012 10:07:29 PM

jay_nar2012 said:
These are pretty good.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Athlon-455-Processor-ADX455...

If you can spend another £20 then you could get this- http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Phenom-Processor-Socket-War...


How about a http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002SRQ214/ref=ox_sc...

Then again I could do with a cooler, and that might cost around £26 too. Which means I may as well buy the x6. Or would it be better to but the quad, with the cooler, and then overclock it?
July 26, 2012 7:42:36 AM

I know this sounds like the dumbest thing in the world, but, if I got a better cooling system, could I overclock a Phenom II x2?

I tried it for just a few hours yesterday to check out the benchmark, and while it didn't raise the benchmark to that of a quad core, it did out perform some tri- core Phenoms. Not sure if it mad any real world difference, because i've not bought a superior heat synch yet, and i don't want to fry my only processor..... Especially if I want to sell it on e-bay after to re-coup some money losses......
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July 26, 2012 7:55:13 AM

andycoops said:
I know this sounds like the dumbest thing in the world, but, if I got a better cooling system, could I overclock a Phenom II x2?

I tried it for just a few hours yesterday to check out the benchmark, and while it didn't raise the benchmark to that of a quad core, it did out perform some tri- core Phenoms. Not sure if it mad any real world difference, because i've not bought a superior heat synch yet, and i don't want to fry my only processor..... Especially if I want to sell it on e-bay after to re-coup some money losses......

please do not attempt to overclock any substantial amount w/o a proper heatsink.
also it appears a PII x4 will be a large increase in performance when video encoding
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/97?vs=102
those resalt are not exactly set in stone but will atleast give you a rough idea of the difference. you can also see how an athlon stacks up
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=102
July 26, 2012 9:13:56 AM

Anonymous said:
please do not attempt to overclock any substantial amount w/o a proper heatsink.
also it appears a PII x4 will be a large increase in performance when video encoding
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/97?vs=102
those resalt are not exactly set in stone but will atleast give you a rough idea of the difference. you can also see how an athlon stacks up
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=102


Don't worry my CPU is back in good ol' 1955....

I mean back at 1.21 Gigawatts....I mean 3.1Ghz. I'm planning on getting a Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2 CPU Cooler because it's in my £25 price range. Not sure if there's a better one for equal or cheaper price that fits AM3 sockets?
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July 26, 2012 9:15:41 AM

The heatsink you chose is very good for the price, just make sure it fits in your case....
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July 26, 2012 9:18:22 AM

Found a smaller one for £5 cheaper -
July 26, 2012 10:13:34 AM

jay_nar2012 said:
Edit thing doesn't work as usual.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arctic-Cooling-Freezer-CPU-Cool...


Looks like a much better fit, hopefully the fan will be quiet too, my standard heat-synch usually revs up at 5495 RPM, and rarely drops unless the computer is idle for about an hour. It'd be nice to have a cooling fan that doesn't sound like it's an asthmatic rodent of some kind....
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July 26, 2012 10:25:06 AM

And by the way i have ashma......
July 26, 2012 2:31:44 PM

jay_nar2012 said:
And by the way i have ashma......


So do I. It's fun isn't it?
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