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Old 03-08-2013, 03:02 PM   #16
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No problem haertig By the way, its probably a good idea to check your BIOS version before you install a new CPU, its quite likely you'll need a BIOS upgrade to run Phenom II/Athlon II CPUs in that board.

gradinaruvasile, nice catch, I only checked the ver 1.0 specs. Still, I'd prefer a 95watt TDP CPU over 125/140watts in this case.
 
Old 03-10-2013, 12:29 PM   #17
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I want to thank everyone here for putting me on the right track. This started as a move from an ancient Intel Celeron system to a newer, but still outdated, AMD Athlon system. While I started out thinking about a video card as part of that move, you opened me up to the possible need for a new CPU. Well, when all was done on this AMD system, I now have a new Phenom II six core CPU, doubled my memory from 2Gb to 4Gb, changed to a new WD Caviar Black terrabyte SATA drive, upgraded by BIOS (to support the new CPU), and switched to a 64-bit version of Linux. I'm using the integrated HD3200 graphics. I had just recently added a new LiteOn DVD burner a few weeks back. This is all sitting in a nice Antec 300 case with an OCZ 600 watt power supply. I had incorrectly stated I had a Corsair or Seasonic power supply in this box earlier, that must have been in a different system I built, but I believe OCZ is a fairly decent brand as well.

Lots of things at play here with the multiple upgrades, but I went from stopping and stuttering YouTube vides at 360 or 480 in a small window on that Intel Celeron single core CPU, to the ability to watch flawless 1080p fullscreen on a 1920x1080 monitor. I think the biggest factor in that massive performance improvement was the CPU. It was $210 (total, before tax) for all these upgrades, which I think was a dang good bargain.

So thanks everyone for focusing me on what needed to be upgraded. I guess I had just gotten too tolerant of slow performance in my old age and didn't realize what I was missing. While I didn't "need" my computer to instantaneously render webpages in Firefox, now that it does, I kind of like it! I don't know where this new Phenom II CPU falls in "state of the art", I assume pretty far back, but still it was a great upgrade for me. Only $79 for that CPU too.
 
Old 03-11-2013, 04:40 AM   #18
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OCZ PSUs are in general pretty good to great.

Yep, its CPU that has heped the youtube vids.

Phenom II X6 is a bit behind the newer AM3+ AMD CPUs, but not that far back. Compared to the newest Intel CPUs is a bit futher behind, but they are still great CPUs. For multicore performance you wont get anything better than the Phenom II X6 at that price....you'd need to spend twice as much or more to get better.
 
  


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