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Windows 7: What Processor Should I Go With?

04 Feb 2011   #1
Serpentz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
What Processor Should I Go With?

Hey guys, as many might know I had a problem with an old mainboard, so I bought an ASRock M3A770DE to replace it. Now I've got to buy a processor. Being out of the game and doing all this research online, I'm stumped to as what I should try and get.

First of all, here is the mainboard:
Newegg.com - ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

I bought 6GB's of matched OCZ 1600mhz RAM, which means I also had to buy 64bit Windows 7 in order to utilize this amount of RAM. Now I just need some advice and some help on what kind of processor to get. My budget is $100-$120

I'd like to hear what you guys think, who's using what, and what you're happy with.

Thanks in advance!


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04 Feb 2011   #2
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

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04 Feb 2011   #3
nekov4ego

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Build 7601 SP1)
 
 

Unfortunately, your motherboard doesn't seem to have the Core Unlock Utility, otherwise I would have recommended buying a Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition and trying to unlock it to X4 B55 so that it becomes even better than the X4 925 which is more expensive.

However, if you think you are all right with a Dual Core Processor, you could still consider buying it because it is good for overclocking -- and Phenom II processors support only up to DDR3-1333mhz, which means if you want to have your RAM @ 1600mhz, you will have to overlcock ... although you wouldn't probably notice the difference between 1333mhz and 1600mhz.
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04 Feb 2011   #4
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Personally I would go with Intel. They have fewer problems.
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04 Feb 2011   #5
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Um, GeneO, the OP was asking about what processor could go with his AMD board. He said he already bought the motherboard, so i guess suggesting an Intel processor is not helpful.

OP, i think between the Athlon II X4 640 and the Phenom II 925 the main difference is that the Phenom II has L3 cache, whilst the Athlon II doesn't. in real world scenario you could only see the performance hit in heavy applications and situations like that.

But given the fact that it's just 20$ difference, i'd go with the Phenom II 925
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04 Feb 2011   #6
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Punkster View Post
Um, GeneO, the OP was asking about what processor could go with his AMD board. He said he already bought the motherboard, so i guess suggesting an Intel processor is not helpful.

OP, i think between the Athlon II X4 640 and the Phenom II 925 the main difference is that the Phenom II has L3 cache, whilst the Athlon II doesn't. in real world scenario you could only see the performance hit in heavy applications and situations like that.

But given the fact that it's just 20$ difference, i'd go with the Phenom II 925
Lighten up, it was just a joke
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04 Feb 2011   #7
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Nah, i took it as a joke haha xD but the OP would have though "WTH?"

Check my specs, Intel.. never tried an AMD before xD
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04 Feb 2011   #8
nekov4ego

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Build 7601 SP1)
 
 

Here is more info about Level 3 Cache. If you want higher FPS in games, get a Phenom II.
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04 Feb 2011   #9
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Yeah it has its benefits, but it's only (again) on heavy applications and similar situations.

Basically, the performance difference is about 10% (on average) so, the question the OP should ask is:

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Do i really need that extra 10% of performance for 25 extra Bucks?
If the answer is YES, then the OP should go with the Phenom II 925, if the answer is NO, then the best choice is the Athlon II X4 640
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06 Feb 2011   #10
Serpentz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nekov4ego View Post
Unfortunately, your motherboard doesn't seem to have the Core Unlock Utility, otherwise I would have recommended buying a Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition and trying to unlock it to X4 B55 so that it becomes even better than the X4 925 which is more expensive.

However, if you think you are all right with a Dual Core Processor, you could still consider buying it because it is good for overclocking -- and Phenom II processors support only up to DDR3-1333mhz, which means if you want to have your RAM @ 1600mhz, you will have to overlcock ... although you wouldn't probably notice the difference between 1333mhz and 1600mhz.

Actually a few people mentioned that they were able to unlock cores using this MB in the feedback section on Newegg. Something about...ACC. So with that in mind, what do you think I should go for?

Thanks!
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