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CPU Upgrade from Phenom X3 8650

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Auxilliary, 26 Dec 2011.

  1. Auxilliary

    Auxilliary Crashes into space stations

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    So as you can see in my sig, I have a Phenom X3 8650 and well its starting to strugle rather alot.

    I have decided to upgrade with the koney i have gained from christmas and some of my jobseekers :(

    I need to get:

    CPU
    Motherboard
    RAM

    the graphics card will be updated at a later date as its not doing too bad, just runs a little hot is all.
    My max budget is £330 but obviously I'd like to spend less, what would you guys/girls reccomend to buy?
     
  2. AoE

    AoE What's a Dremel?

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    YGPM
     
  3. Auxilliary

    Auxilliary Crashes into space stations

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    Hey there, im not sure yet I'd like to get some other options together aswell, but ill contact you if i decide to stick with AMD
     
  4. AoE

    AoE What's a Dremel?

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    No problem, for price/performance AMD cant be beaten IMO, intel although I would love to go that route is an expensive one, plus if you do stick AMD, go phenom II X3, unlock extra core and overclocking is made easy with the UEFI BIOS on my Asus motherboard.
     
  5. Auxilliary

    Auxilliary Crashes into space stations

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    Out of interest is that CPU you have the 960T? as i could go for that as i see you have a decent OC on it + unlocked it to a six core
     
  6. AoE

    AoE What's a Dremel?

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    Yea it is, very easy chip to overclock and unlock cores from, the only reason I bought it.
     
  7. mucgoo

    mucgoo Minimodder

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    £160 for 2500k
    £100 for motherboard
    £40 for 8GB of RAM

    Otherwise pick up a phenom quad 9XX cores. About £60 would be a fair price. And possibly upgrade your RAM while you at it.
     
  8. AoE

    AoE What's a Dremel?

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    For £89 new you can get a 960t, I got mine unlocked to x6 and increased to 3.8Ghz on stock vcore, in cinebench it owns an i7 960 which is a £200 chip lol, performs unreal on games, plays crysis for example on high with no problems.
     
  9. The Protocol

    The Protocol What's a Dremel?

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    960T, Phantek dual tower heatsink in whatever colour you want, Crosshair IV and 8GBs of Ripjaws 1600Mhz and off you go
     
  10. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    AoE, dont be afraid to dream a little bigger ;)


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    960T is a beaut of a chip i wouldnt give bulldozer a look at the moment after WindWithMe's review http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=223083

    id say get an AM3+ capable board so you have an upgrade path though the black CPU socket denotes AM3+ capable on boards so its a nice giveaway. Ram im happy to admit i have no idea i lost all concept of the stuff after the original DDR days!
     
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    AoE What's a Dremel?

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    I know I offered the OP, my brand new asus M5A99X EVO AM3+ board and 2GB DDR3 1333 Ram for £75inc special del, plus a gtx 550 ti only three months old all in for £145inc.
     
  12. Tangster

    Tangster Butt-kicking for goodness!

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    These new phenoms overclock a darn slight better than my old 1050T hexcore. Still, I'd go 1155 for the upgrade path to ivy bridge(unless AMD's next generation of bulldozer actually works as advertised)
     
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    Mac_Trekkie Source Engine's #1 fan!

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    Absolutely don't go with the Bulldozer chips, they're pathetic. Even the flagship 8150 won't beat an i5 2500k for gaming or everyday computing. Speaking of the i5 2500k, that's my recommendation, that with a Z86 motherboard so you can upgrade to ivy bridge later.
     
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    The 2500k is stupid cheap for what you get. ESP. When overclocking is thrown in the mix. Xxx
     
  15. Auxilliary

    Auxilliary Crashes into space stations

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    Decided im going to get:

    Intel i5 2500K

    Asus Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3

    8GB Vengance LP Ram.



    Just one question, is it possible to get the Vengance LP Ram in Red?
     
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    Yes!
     
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    Auxilliary Crashes into space stations

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    thanks man, just a shame its getting close to being double the price of the same but in black :(
     
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    Auxilliary Crashes into space stations

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    thanks for the suggestion but if I was to choose another motherboard it would have to be M-ATX as im going to be putting it in a FT-03, and preferably not gigabyte as my current board is a gigabyte and its given me no end of hassle.


    Plus i'd like to get a board that supports Ivy Bridge (when it arrives)
     
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    Fair enough. You'd only save about £30 rather than £60 by getting an cheaper MATX board and I'm guessing you want the red styling of the ASUS?
    All 1155 socket motherboards will support ivy bridge so that's not a worry.
     

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