Originally Posted by claylomax
Why not a x2 550/555 and an unlocker board? you could end up with a 4 core cpu; I got an unlocker Gigabyte board from Scan last year for £50.
Because now its pot luck, AMD's fabrication is becoming more accurate, the unlockable chips are not as easy to find these days. The Athlon II X3 may also unlock a core but if it fails atleast you've got a overall more powerful system than the Phenom II X2...for cheaper too.