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Upgrading my processor

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by onoski, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    I've just ordered the below processor as my aging PC socket 939 AMD Athlon 64, 4000+ couldn't handle pro evolution soccer 2009.

    The question is this processor below worth it, though cheap:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168195

    I would be getting the Ebuyer value extra RAM 2x 4GB and a Gigabyte motherboard that supports up to 8GB of RAM. Well, at least it would bring me up to scratch considering it's a dual processors:)
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    I'd go for a faster one if I were you but then again I'd go for Intel too.

    It all depends on what your willing to pay, but I believe the one you are looking at should do the trick especially with the RAM too.
     
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  3. danielno8

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    Yeh i'd get a phenom!
     
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    +1 for Intel over AMD
     
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  5. greenbrucelee
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    nah +10:D
     
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  6. onoski

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    Yeah:) Intel fans, got the gist as I've been given a HP dc7800 dual core 2.8 Ghz and kinda of understand your point on Intel. Then again, AMD is not that bad considering it's going to be 4GB of RAM plus can add another 4GB as time goes.

    AMD phonem is the top range of AMD processors at the moment but am quite happy with a dual core for now. Thanks for sharing guys and gals:)
     
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    You can get X4 Phenom version 1 for £60 but the version 1s do have there quirks :)
     
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  8. Modey

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    12months ago it would be a total no brainer to recommend Intel over AMD, but AMD have been slashing prices big time and cheap X2's represent the best value for money at the moment.

    It's not quite as clear what is best once you spend more money but mega memory & cpu benchmark scores and such like are all very well on i7 rigs, but they don't always translate into real world performance. My overclocked Intel Q9450 running at 3.2Ghz is like **** off a shovel when it comes to benchmarks, but the extra speed/cores are really only any use in the odd video rendering app I run. Still it's nice having a high end quad core. :)
     
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    just out of intrest what score do you get in benchmarks?
     
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  10. Modey

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    Well it maxed out the built in vista one, but that's not really a proper benchmark. I did run SiSoft Sandra Pro on it a few times and also 3DMark 06 & PC Mark 05, but I don't have the scores to hand. They were nice though. :)
     
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    Not tried Sisoft I may have a go with it, I get 16888 with 3d mark 06 though.
     
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    Really, where from? Links please:)
     
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  13. Modey

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    It was over 15k with a GeForce 8800GT 512MB on 3D Mark 06, I do remember that. 3D Mark 06 is quite heavily CPU weighted even though it's effectively a DX9 benchmark.
     
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    SiSoft doesn't seem to like overclocked CPUs
     
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    My mistake btw, it was a touch over 13k, dunno where I got 15 from. It's a good score for an 8800GT though. :)

    [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah that's pretty good. Mine has dropped since I first done it as it used to be 17000 odd but I think thats with the introduction of the i7s and the 295 Nvidia cards
     
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  17. onoski

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    Those figures sure are impressive:), don't think AMD processor's would come close, but then again might be wrong:)
     
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    there's my one
     

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    GBL, couldn't quite see the figures properly, I probably need specs though:)
     
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    The thing with AMD vs Intel now, if you are spending less than i7 money, you can put an AMD based system together for quite a bit cheaper, then spend the saved money on a much higher spec GFX card. (if it's aimed at gaming of course).

    It does depend on what you are going to be doing with the system ultimately. This artice on Tom's Harware was quite interesing I thought.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-versus-i7,2360.html#xtor=RSS-182

    From the conclusion :-

     
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