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    phenom 550 or 555

    Is it worth the extra cash
    btw my motherboard should unlock the cpu if i get the right stepping

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    • Domestic_Ginger's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
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      • Phenom II X2 550
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    Re: phenom 550 or 555

    The difference between the two is only 100mhz which you can easily make up with a slight OC.

    The 560 and 565 out too. The extra £10/20 are not worth it.

    What are you upgrading from? Newer bioses allow you to selectively unlock one core so you should end up with a tri.

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    Re: phenom 550 or 555

    i was unable to unlock my i have the 550be

    tried in 2 different motherboard.. ibut many have be able to...?

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    Re: phenom 550 or 555

    at the minute i have a gigabyte
    m720-us3 which apparently can unlock cores
    its not a very good overclocking currently have a athlon 240 2.8ghz but only can manage 3.4.
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    have a 5770 on order so i want a decent cpu so it does not bottle neck it

    think i will go with the 550, do you know which steppings to buy? any info? are they still unlockable

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    • Domestic_Ginger's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
      • CPU:
      • Phenom II X2 550
      • Memory:
      • 4GB DDR2
      • Storage:
      • F3 500gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 5850
      • PSU:
      • Corsair 550vx
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    Re: phenom 550 or 555

    I don't think your 240 will bottlenech your system with a 5770.

    They should be unlockable. The new 550 are not BE iirc and you really want a c3 chip (if they made the 550 on C3). The stock cooler wil be the same as your 240 and not really good enough for a quad phenom.

    Whats limiting your OC? 3.4 is not bad at all.

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    Re: phenom 550 or 555

    well the athlon 240 usually gets around 3.6 - 3.8 typically i know not all cpus are capable but a better motherboard , cooling is better

    well i used to have a 550 long time ago and it did unlock and was a BE but sold it,
    and bought an xbox 360 instead,

    but i missed the use of the pc and now wanted to start back up
    and do miss that cpu

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