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Processor Upgrade ???

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mykidsdaddy, Jan 29, 2011.

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  1. mykidsdaddy

    mykidsdaddy Thread Starter

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    I started out thinking I needed more RAM and now I'm looking at swappin' CPU's. I am currently running a single core AMD Athelon.
    There are a bunch of different CPUs that will work with my MOBO. I have an AM2+ socket and here are the processors I have to choose from.

    •AMD Phenom II Quad-Core
    •AMD Phenom II Triple-Core
    •AMD Phenom Quad-Core (A) 9xxx series (AM2+)
    •AMD Phenom Triple-Core (T) 8xxx series (AM2+)
    •AMD Athlon X4
    •AMD Athlon X3
    •AMD Athlon X2 (B) (AM2+)

    Is there a major difference in the Phenom and Athelon??? The "Black" series???
    I went to Newegg and found only 3 different CPUs to choose from. Tiger Direct has about 15. am on a budget so I can't just pick the most expensive and figure I am getting what's best. So...I am looking for input!
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  2. FijiJohn

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    There are several good sites that let you compare CPUs,such as Tom's Hardware and Anandtech. What a "good" CPU is depends on what you want to do with it. If you are not doing things that can use multiple cores, they only add cost, not performance. Blacks have the CPU multiplier unlocked, if you want to play with overclocking.
     
  3. Elvandil

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    It is rarely economical to upgrade a processor. the increase in speed, if any, will be much less than you expect since the CPU is only partially responsible for machine speed. You would be better off, and in the long run probably spend the same amount, if you upgraded your whole board or system. Bare-bones kits provide the main parts and the rest can be moved from your present machine.
     
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