955be to FX?

just about to get my son a hd7950 vapor-x for xmas, but am worried bout bottleneck with the 955be, now he isnt into o/c'ing tbh, so is there anything can maybe sort bottleneck issue out, his monitor is 1080p so wont go higher, i put a GA-970A-UD3 board in for him last yr, and am i right in thinking it will be ok for the FX series? as sure its am3+
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  1. If you want to save money then I would say overclock the 955 BE to something like 4 ghz. I don't know if there is a bottleneck but I would assume it would be little to none. If you are overclocking then get a new heatsink.

    Edit: Don't think it would be something you could notice in terms of a bottleneck. Either way overclocking is the way to go if you want to save your money. I still own the Phenom 955 BE and I believe it is still a capable processor in today's standards, just no longer at the top :lol:
  2. If his main priority is gaming then a strong GPU (which a 7950 qualifys under) is the most important.

    It depends on your budget really, i don't think any of the Bulldozer FX chips will net you much of a performance increase, as they really only shine in software that is multi-threaded which the majority of games still aren't, the Piledriver FX chips on the other hand do provide a fairly substantial increase in performance over the older K10 chips.

    So if i were going FX right now and had the money, then i'd go with Piledriver, granted they're more expensive. Otherwise i'd personally stick with the 955 until i see price drop somewhere. Keep in mind he's games should still run nicely with the HD 7950 in there.
  3. Yea the motherboard is ready for a FX processor
  4. cheers guys, was looking at overclocking the 955, but all i know is up the multiplier,lol havent a clue with vcore. i did buy him a cooler to try, but i think hes only upped multiplier 1 notch, was a artic freezer 7 or sumit, piledriver looks intresting tbh but do i want to spend £150 on a cpu that isnt a big leap forward, not so sure tbh
  5. Well if you are having troubles with the multiplier then take a look at this sticky:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274820-29-black-edition-overclock-raising-multiplier-guide

    Personally from an owner of a Phenom 955 BE, try to let the temperatures be under 60. Every chip also has a different voltage for 4 ghz. Though most of the time they are close together and not far apart.
  6. socialfox said:
    Well if you are having troubles with the multiplier then take a look at this sticky:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274820-29-black-edition-overclock-raising-multiplier-guide

    Personally from an owner of a Phenom 955 BE, try to let the temperatures be under 60. Every chip also has a different voltage for 4 ghz. Though most of the time they are close together and not far apart.

    thats a great guide, i understand vcore more now, just baffled by ram timmings now :lol: but i wil get there, well eventually

    many thx
  7. No need to thank me for that, I did nothing to create that excellent guide. I myself learned from that on how to overclock my own Phenom :lol:
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