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    Re: Athlon II vs Phenom II

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk View Post
    Possible outcomes:

    It works - yey - quad core
    It doesn't work - boo - reset bios and use as bought

    No chance of damaging anything.
    That's how I'd look at it, It is exactly the route I took with mine.

    I don't need the extra core but, It is a bonus that the chip unlocks.

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    Re: Athlon II vs Phenom II

    Quote Originally Posted by Attila the Bun View Post
    I suppose I could get him to spend an extra fiver and get a Phenom II X4 955 BE.

    But that would be like putting a V8 in a Reliant Robin as far as his usage is concerned.
    Everywhere I looked it is £10 - £15 more

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    Re: Athlon II vs Phenom II

    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    Everywhere I looked it is £10 - £15 more
    My bad...I meant £5 over his £350 budget.
    Of course I'm perfect you just need to lower your expectations.

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    Re: Athlon II vs Phenom II

    955 quad would be total overkill for his use. Just get the phenom x2 and see if it unlocks should he need the extra horsepower later.

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    Re: Athlon II vs Phenom II

    Part of me agrees with sputnik and cptwhite_uk, part of me agrees with shaithis.

    I think that I'm trying decide if it's better to save him some money now or give his system a longer lifetime.
    Of course I'm perfect you just need to lower your expectations.

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    Re: Athlon II vs Phenom II

    Quote Originally Posted by Attila the Bun View Post
    or give his system a longer lifetime.
    If your looking for some future proofing, Personally I'd spend a bit more and get an AM3+ motherboard over a more expensive CPU.

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    Re: Athlon II vs Phenom II

    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    If your looking for some future proofing, Personally I'd spend a bit more and get an AM3+ motherboard over a more expensive CPU.
    That was also a thought, but I know that once this rig is built it will sit quietly (well maybe humming audibly) in the background until it breaks X years down the line. I thought if I give him AM3 with a quad it will handle any of today's applications and games (with the addition of a reasonible GPU) with spare cores in the background for future core hungry applications.
    Of course I'm perfect you just need to lower your expectations.

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    Re: Athlon II vs Phenom II

    An update:

    He went with the X2 because he liked the idea of possibly getting another 2 cores for free and spent some of the saved money on some bluetooth peripheries.
    Of course I'm perfect you just need to lower your expectations.

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