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Windows 7: Quad core or phenom dual core

19 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Quad core or phenom dual core

hey guys im sorta stuck on what chip to get best for gaming could you tell me which one would be best thanks these are the two
AMD 640 3.0 Quad core
AMD Phenom dual core 550 Black edition

thanks

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19 Dec 2010   #2

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I've got a 550 black....very good overclocker 3.8 on air stock cooler and voltage...your mileage may vary.
However more and more games are multi-threaded....why not a Phenom II quad or hex?
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19 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

its a certain budget i have so its those to are my only options
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19 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate Edition SP1
 
 

I have a AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3200 MHz, which runs games brilliantly.
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19 Dec 2010   #5

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You might...if....you have the right motherboard....be able to unlock extra cores on the 550...if...nothing is wrong with them....I would run prime 95 a long time to test.
The Athlon is already a quad that works, so I would go with the 640. Clock speeds seem to be stuck around 3.5 anyway.....
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19 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (clean install)
 
 
Choice is yours...

I have the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition and it is fast, easily to overclock, and has given me no problems.
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19 Dec 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivan the SoSo View Post
You might...if....you have the right motherboard....be able to unlock extra cores on the 550.
Based on his listed specs,

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System Manufacturer/Model Number -Compaq/HP
Not even if he tried real hard would that happen. Also is that 3500 socket 939 or AM2? Would help if you listed the actual model number of the computer, then we could tell you whether it is even possible to upgrade the CPU.

One more thing with upgrading in HP/Compaq computers, they have a bad habit of locking the bios (never mind the hidden settings in the bios) to a specific CPU despite the motherboard/chipset being able to support a higher/faster model. One of their little ways to stop people from doing exactly what you're looking to do so that they have to buy a new computer to get a faster CPU.
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19 Dec 2010   #8

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivan the SoSo View Post
You might...if....you have the right motherboard....be able to unlock extra cores on the 550.
Based on his listed specs,

Quote:
System Manufacturer/Model Number -Compaq/HP
Not even if he tried real hard would that happen. Also is that 3500 socket 939 or AM2? Would help if you listed the actual model number of the computer, then we could tell you whether it is even possible to upgrade the CPU.

One more thing with upgrading in HP/Compaq computers, they have a bad habit of locking the bios (never mind the hidden settings in the bios) to a specific CPU despite the motherboard/chipset being able to support a higher/faster model. One of their little ways to stop people from doing exactly what you're looking to do so that they have to buy a new computer to get a faster CPU.
I might be wrong...but it seems to be a budget new build with a +/-$100 cpu limit...his listed system is most likely maxed out.
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19 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

ask yourself this: Would you prefer two naked girls or four? the choice is obvious
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19 Dec 2010   #10

Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vierasniper View Post
ask yourself this: Would you prefer two naked girls or four? the choice is obvious

tbh i couldnt even handle 2

that said if its foe gaming it has to be a quad
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