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Re: dilema

Post by Velo:Sity » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:37 am

Rule of thumb for me is if I want to run one instance of application faster, I update CPU or GPU; if I want to run multiple instances of applications like many browser tabs more comfortably, I add RAM.

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Re: dilema

Post by bramahon » Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:15 pm

Merlin, you can do this bothway. You can do the proc now and wait for mobo+ram upgrade or the other way around. The decisive factors should be what you want right now and how long you want or can afford to wait for the inevitable overhaul. If you want some quick and dynamic performance boost, you have but only one choice- the cpu. I tottaly agree with the other guys on this, you will see much faster execution with that 965BE. Win 7+ 2 gig memory won't give you that. And if you don't plan to stick with this config much longer, DDR2 is bad investment as mentioned earlier. On the other hand if you can afford to manage things with your Athlon 64 + 4 Gigs(total) for some time to come- do that and do that fast. DDR2 price will only go up and Phenom II+DDR3 will only be marked down pricewise. Though I read on some site that Mobo price may hike later this year. From my exp. I was fine with a fast proc(920) + 2 gig kingston 1033mhz ddr3+ win XP on a 1920*1080 panel while using CS3 for texture editing along with nifscope and other apps.

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Re: dilema

Post by Merlin » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:24 pm

How do you keep the wife out of your PC update funds....I have to strike while I can.
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Re: dilema

Post by Darkstar » Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:31 am

Merlin wrote:How do you keep the wife out of your PC update funds....I have to strike while I can.

keep them in the bottom of a nice grungy toolbox........

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Re: dilema

Post by Major_A » Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:20 am

LOL, do you have the parts shipped to work or a friends house?

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Post by Darkstar » Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:35 am

Major_A wrote:LOL, do you have the parts shipped to work or a friends house?

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Re: dilema

Post by Merlin » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:15 pm

LOL...I don't have to hide the parts but if there is $150 sitting around I will end up with a new cieling fan or some other useless practical thing like that.
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Re: dilema

Post by bramahon » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:18 am

Merlin wrote: I will end up with a new cieling fan or some other useless practical thing like that.
Lol, then what would be a useful impractical thing? A Cougar-point Chipset? :lol:

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Re: dilema

Post by Merlin » Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:56 pm

I know I am wearing this out but now there is a new question. I cannot find reviews for these on Legit Reviews and I don't read other peoples so what do you all think of these...Intel core I3 560 at $150, AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE is $89.00 !! X2 565 BE $119.00 I know the X4 965 BE is a great processor but if I went with the X2 555 I could get the CPU and the OS for just a little more than the CPU alone ( 965 BE is $179, 555 + win7 64 bit OEM is $189)
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Re: dilema

Post by Major_A » Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:33 pm

You get the i3 you have to buy a new motherboard and RAM. I'd skip a dual core, since that's what you have now. Get a cheaper X4 and overclock it.

Either one of these should work, but verify it with Gigabyte's CPU Support List.
http://tinyurl.com/465bnng

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Re: dilema

Post by bramahon » Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:36 am

With a Phenom IIx2 555 there was a possibility that you could unlock the extra two cores with some luck but your existing mobo probably won't do that :(

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Re: dilema

Post by Major_A » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:46 pm

Possible but not guaranteed. Then we have to assume his motherboard has the ACC feature.

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Re: dilema

Post by Merlin » Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:26 pm

The only reason I was considering another Dual core is that the socket AM3 has the DDR3 memory controller and I am not sure if any of the games I play will actually use the other two cores in a quad core.
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Re: dilema

Post by skier » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:47 am

Merlin wrote:The only reason I was considering another Dual core is that the socket AM3 has the DDR3 memory controller and I am not sure if any of the games I play will actually use the other two cores in a quad core.
well what games do you play/intend to get in the future?
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Re: dilema

Post by Merlin » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:46 pm

Dragon Age, Crysis, Call of duty, The new Tomb Raider when it comes out, BAttlefield 3 will be coming soon. Mostly first person shooters and campaign style RPG games.
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Re: dilema

Post by skier » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:06 pm

Merlin wrote:Dragon Age, Crysis, Call of duty, The new Tomb Raider when it comes out, BAttlefield 3 will be coming soon. Mostly first person shooters and campaign style RPG games.
the same can't be said about DAO, Crysis, COD or Tomb Raider, but battlefield will take as many cores as you can give it, with substantial FPS gain with each additional core
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Re: dilema

Post by Merlin » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:32 pm

I have descided that I am going to get the X4 965 BE as soon as I can with MB, OS and RAM to follow as quickly as possible.
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