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    AM2+ Processor

    I need a new processor... my old one copped it or something and my computer wouldn't work, so I got my refund and am now going to spend it

    Have, in total, about £80-90 to spend. Maybe £100 if I'm lucky, but not much over that.

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    I was considering something like the x3 8450 Phenom, but unsure of compatability with windows and so on...

    So.. ideas please?
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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    x3 will work fine with windows. Do you need to buy right now as the new low power phenom quads should be with us very shortly. They're supposed to be very cheap.

    Nothing wrong with the X3's really, they just don't generate much appeal given their price/performance which can't match many of the intel duals.

    Personally I would just get a X2 for about £50 you could have a 5000+ brisbane core which will clock nicely to 3.0Ghz.

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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    X3 8450 looks good for the money, and it looks like a good candidate for a little bit of overclocking too to get the most out of it. Compatibility is not a problem. Your mobo should take it fine, and yes Vista will run on it lol (Vista's not that bad)!

    edit: and what staffsMike said

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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Do you need to buy right now as the new low power phenom quads should be with us very shortly. They're supposed to be very cheap.
    staffsMike - any idea when these new Phenoms will be available?

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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    Well SPCR used them in a recent review so they can't be far away. Not seen any here yet though.

    EDIT: http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=P...tf-8&scoring=p

    Thought they would be cheaper but they may be when scan etc.. get them in.

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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Well SPCR used them in a recent review so they can't be far away. Not seen any here yet though.
    I'd better head off to SPCR then

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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    It's on the Nvidia 8300 review ont he home page but they didn't really talk much about it.

    Review here
    http://icrontic.com/articles/phenom_9350e

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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    Erm... seeing as my computer is kaput, dead, and has been like this for 3 months (varying problems caused me to be unable to get it to work, now replacing - hopefully for the last replacement - the CPU, as the one I sent off for repair via Royal Mail got lost...) I do sort of want a processor now.

    However, that Energy Efficient one might force me to go find a big hole to dig myself into and borrow money off of the folks (again) so that I can spend that extra lil bit of money. They already owe me some

    I suppose the question is.... Is the extra performance worth it for £30-40?


    Sorry for late reply, my computer mucked up and managed to mark all topics as read somehow o.O!
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortune117
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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    I spose it's only worth the difference if you can find a use for the extra cores. The dual cores are plenty enough for games. Quad will be better at doing things in the background while you game, like video encoding which is becoming more popular and takes quite some time.

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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    Extra things?

    The most I do on my computer is play games
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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    Just get a dual core then. Spend about £50 and save the rest for your next upgrade. Don't have to tap your parents (this time) either that way

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    Re: AM2+ Processor

    The other option to the low power Phenoms is to get say a 9450 or 9550 and under-clock it (am I allowed to say that?! ). You get marginally better performance for the same power usage and its cheaper to boot as well.

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