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Yeah, my win7 ultimate machine runs at 1.2GB Ram used at idle as well, I just figured my mom doesn't do that much so it was almost pointless to get more than 2GB. Thankfully xd found that sweet deal for 2x2GB because thats definitely future proof for my mom.

As for the unlocking of the 3rd and 4th cores of the Phenom, I know they aren't always stable, it was just a toss up, should I pay 85 bucks for a chance at a 3 or 4 core, or 57 for a dual core. Plus, I haven't gotten the chance to play around with core unlocking yet, so it should be a little bit of fun for me.

Thanks everybody, you're all awesome!

edit: xd, I saw on the chimp challenge you reached your 1000th rep point! congrats
Edited by johny24 - 5/5/11 at 9:23pm
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Haven't you checked if your mom's board is socket 478 or lga 775?

If its lga 775, I suggest keeping the board and change the cpu to a dualcore E5800 3.2ghz or higher.
Then just get a new 400 watt PSU and decent card for HD movies
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Yeah, my win7 ultimate machine runs at 1.2GB Ram used at idle as well, I just figured my mom doesn't do that much so it was almost pointless to get more than 2GB. Thankfully xd found that sweet deal for 2x2GB because thats definitely future proof for my mom.

As for the unlocking of the 3rd and 4th cores of the Phenom, I know they aren't always stable, it was just a toss up, should I pay 85 bucks for a chance at a 3 or 4 core, or 57 for a dual core. Plus, I haven't gotten the chance to play around with core unlocking yet, so it should be a little bit of fun for me.

Thanks everybody, you're all awesome!

edit: xd, I saw on the chimp challenge you reached your 1000th rep point! congrats
Well it's up to you honestly. If you think a dual core is enough for your mom then I'd personally save the money and get xd's $57 Athlon x2 250. Otherwise, if you really want to spend the extra money and have a chance for those 4 cores. Instead of having the "possibility" I suggest just buying a quad.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=53854&...anufacture=AMD

It's more on NCIX than on newegg by about $10. The only difference between the Athlon II's and the Phenom II's is the Phenoms have L3 cache and the Athlon's have none. Honestly you won't notice anything different unless your mom plans on playing Crysis/COD/BFBC, in which case with the Phenoms you'll notice some higher fps's.

So basically, if you only need a dual core for her then get the $57 one. If you want a quad core then instead of hoping yours will unlock for a little less money, just spend the extra $20ish on the Athlon X4 640 and know you'll have one no matter what... but I last time I checked I think a dual core was enough for checking emails and web browsing
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Isn t mothers day on 8-th march ?!
   
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Mother's day was the 8th of May as you probably found out by now haha.

Turns out that that RAM kit was only 2x1GB and it was a typo on both NCIX and the website used for price match.

Thanks for the help!
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Traditionally mothers /women days were in march.Or maybe you have it otherwise in USA
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