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AMD processor upgrade - which should i go for? buying today!

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Reefer86, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Reefer86

    Reefer86

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    hi guys, ive finally decided to take the plunge and replace my ageing 5000+ BE running at 3.2 and to be honest it is proberly a bottleneck on my system now as i upgraded to a 4890.

    I have had a good look at whats on offer by AMD for my system. Ive just got my windows 7 activated permanently so looking to see what overclocks i can get with a new shiny processor.

    I see the options as : (links are from Scan and ebuyer, obviously prices will be diffrent at other sites)

    x4 955 BE stock at 3.2 AM3 reports OC @ 3.6 - 4.0 £145.92
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-...ion-Sok-AM3-32GHz-8MB-Total-Cache-125W-Retail

    x4 965 BE @ 3.4 AM3 reports OC @ 3.7 - 4.2 easily reachable £182.45

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-...-34GHz-512KB-Cache-FSB-HT-3600MHz-140W-Retail

    x2 550 BE @ 3.1 AM3 reports 3.7 + £74.13

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166518

    x3 720 BE @ 2.8 reports AM3 3.6 - 4.0 + (4.0 rare) £100 around that on a few sites. 90 quid on overclockers.co.uk

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159071

    x4 940 BE @ 3.0 AM2+ not sure on OC £131.66

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/155714

    I dont think there are many others that would be up for consideration.

    What would be my best buy price/performance and what is needed for future gaming next year or so.

    I have a DFI DK M2rs AM2+ and can support all the latest AM3 chips.

    Look forward to hearing your views.
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    if you can afford it go for the 965

    and post up some results
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    965 or 955 both are BE and quite good.
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    i can afford it but wasnt planning on spending that much but if it is going to be maybe my best option for price/ lastability then i will get it
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    well the 955 has reach around 3.7 - 3.8 but the reviews i have read that the 965 hits 3.9 - 4.2 with ease on air!
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    They are the same cpu except for base clock speed. Apparently Phenom XII's have trouble going over 4ghz on any x64 system but not sure about that.
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    ah right ok... hmmm
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    any one else?? got about an hour or so, so please let me know
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    I'd go with the 955, I don't think the little performance gain the 965 would give is worth the extra cost(I seriously doubt you would notice the gain).
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    X3 720 on a budget, X4 955 if it's not an issue.
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    well money isnt really the issue but spending money for the sake of it, isnt really my thing stopped doing that at around 18
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    my vote would be 720 BE... best bang/buck... then spend the rest on games. Ive read almost all the reviews of the 965 and I haven't seen one that was above 3.9Ghz... the 965 doesn't seem to OC much better than the 955..

    I have yet to see an SS of a 965 at 4.2Ghz on air. Not saying that it didn't happen, just saying that it probably isnt easily reachable.
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    hi, guys just a quick question i have the 5000+ is it worth upgrading to a 720be or a 955be or should i wait a little longer for a stronger upgrade in AM3. also is the 5000+ proberly a bottleneck for me atm with my specs above? im just thinking and the fact that ive forgot what my username is for my ebuyer account
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    If you're gonna be benching and doing 4ghz+ overclocking, get a 955 or 965. If you're just gonna be gaming and don't care about benches, grab a 720.
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    agree with shadowfold, a 720 is more than enough for most games if not all. also u have the chance to unlock and thus have a 955 WAY CHEAPER.
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    yeah true so you think that a 720 will be a worthy upgrade for me then? can anyone with a great tech head tell me on this one.

    I think im going to go for the 720 as its great for bang for buck. i dont give a shit about a bench i just game but allways enjoy a powerfull snappy system
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    Then the 720 is the way to go. The extra 80$ for a 955 will give you almost no benefit in games. You'll notice quite a large jump in performance. I used to be on a Athlon X2 rig, as well as a core2. The 720 is very fast, nothing can beat it for the price!
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    excellent, well i have managed to convince the missus that i can part with the money for the 720....as i have a baby on the way.

    "ofc it's essential, with out a new processor my pc might just decide to not work" or thats something like i pitched it! LOL
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    u will have 2 new babies. the 720 and the real one :laugh:

    Really, congrats on the real one
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    lol, thanks mate we have been told its a boy, so im gona fill his head with everything there is to know about computers, gaming overclocking and the internet, then when its his birthday i can buy updated parts and give him my 'old' ones and have excuses to give to the missus!. already got everything planned you see! lol 9 weeks to go im shitting myself first bundle of joy for me!
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    Definitely the 965 if ya got the cash.
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    lol just when i thought i has decided, but seriously the 720 sounds nice and the overclocks of the two are not that far from each other and i will be overclocking thats for sure!
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    I would get the 550. Cheapest option, v. high clocks, and really I still think for most people 2 cores is still enough these days.
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    since you have a DDr2 board buy the 940 it will match the 955 and 965 in overclocking and you don't need the ddr3 controller since you have a DDR2 board.

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