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#1 nesto1000

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 10:31 PM

Simple question, should I upgrade my desktop cpu to a Phenom II x6? I currently have an Athlon II x3 in the system. Or should I save up money and upgrade to the new Bulldozer cpus that AMD is going to come out with?

Edit: OH and I forgot to say that Yes my computer can upgrade to an x6, I've already upgraded the bios just in case I'm swayed towards that direction... also no matter what route I go, I will get at least a hexa core because I do quite a bit of video encoding and other heavily threaded stuff...

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Edited by nesto1000, 15 June 2011 - 10:44 PM.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 11:38 PM

The AM3+ CPUs have different architecture and won't work in standard AM3 motherboards.
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Posted 15 June 2011 - 11:41 PM

From what ive heard, many AM3 CPUs will work in a am3+ socket, while few if any am3+ CPUs will work in a AM3 socket. If you cant afford a new motherboard/cpu combo, then youd be best off getting a six core am3 CPU IMO.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 11:58 PM

The AM3+ CPUs have different architecture and won't work in standard AM3 motherboards.


AM3+ CPU's will work with AM3 motherboards (albeit not advisable) as the_patriot11 said... and I already knew that...
If I upgrade to bulldozer I'm going to build a completely new build... sorry for the confusion

Edited by nesto1000, 15 June 2011 - 11:59 PM.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:36 AM

The new Bulldozer cpus are promising, so if your not in a rush then you should wait.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:50 AM

ya, if your wanting a new system, I think I would wait for the bulldozer line, that way it will last longer.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:18 AM

And your system won't be obsolete :thumbup2:

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:11 PM

I've been following the AM3+ Zambezi CPU's, the high-performance Bulldozer's, and can say that you can go ahead and purchase a natively compatible AM3+ motherboard. I suggest, and currently use, the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX as it is designed for those CPU's and come with the newer 990FX chipset which allows for both Crossfire and SLI. I got that board, a cheap Phenom II X4 955 and are going to wait for the FX-8130P to come out. Since you already have an AM3 CPU and DDR3 RAM, you are most of the way there already.

Though you can update to the Phenom II X6, it isn't suggested given how soon the new CPU's are to coming out and that the X6's are going to be end-of-life in a few months. It doesn't make much sense to go forward with the Phenom II X6 update, get a CPU that is about $100 or so, you won't be throwing money into a dying socket/CPU line.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:16 PM

Or stick with the current CPU and wait :thumbup2:

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 03:10 PM

I think that I'm going to upgraded to a Phenom II x6 due to an unexpected dental visit recently... :/
We'll see what happens...
I'm going to try my best to get that BullDozer system tho...

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 07:48 PM

Dental prices can be very expensive sometimes.

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