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So, I'll be getting a AM3+ board soon, and I'll need a CPU for it while I'm waiting for BD to come out. I'd just like any upgrade over my current build at this point. I'm upgrading now because I was just given a Radeon 5770 by a friend, and I'd like to crossfire it...something I can't do on my current mobo.

So, what's the cheapest CPU you would recommend? What wouldn't bottleneck the crossfire 5770s? I don't mind taking my chances at core unlocking by the way. If this is impossible, just give me your best sub-$100 suggestion. I'll probably resell the CPU later at a super-reduced price.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I want to go cheap as possible seeing how it's only temporary.
Edited by stolid - 7/16/11 at 10:25pm
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So, I'll be getting a AM3+ board soon, and I'll need a CPU for it while I'm waiting for BD to come out. I'd just like any upgrade over my current build at this point. I'm upgrading now because I was just given a Radeon 5770 by a friend, and I'd like to crossfire it...something I can't do on my current mobo.

So, what's the cheapest CPU you would recommend? What wouldn't bottleneck the crossfire 5770s? I don't mind taking my chances at core unlocking by the way. If this is impossible, just give me your best sub-$100 suggestion. I'll probably resell the CPU later at a super-reduced price.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I want to go cheap as possible seeing how it's only temporary.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103652

It is OEM so you can buy it and bust it like a firecracker

No warranty or anything
Edited by Seronx - 7/16/11 at 10:51pm
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103652

It is OEM so you can buy it and bust it like a firecracker

No warranty or anything
+1

And it will prob unlock to quad. My buddy just did a build this week with that exact chip and it did 3.2 x4 stable. Biostar board. Forget what chipset.

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Sounds good. Too bad there isn't a X2 BE for even cheaper. I'll probably go for that 720.

How is overclocking on non-BE processors these days? My last AMD was an Opteron 1212.
Edit: (just curious)
Edited by stolid - 7/17/11 at 12:24am
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can occasionally pick up 955's for close to $100 as well
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If you want cheap as possible go with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-933-_-Product

There's no point in spending $75 on a processor you'll barely use, that athlon is good enough for everyday stuff anyway.
 
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Just get the Sempron 145 and unlock it to a dual core
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Just get the Sempron 145 and unlock it to a dual core
From me, for example

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Perhaps I should state exactly what I was thinking of, before things get out of hand. Seems asking about AMD/Intel is like people askking about Daiwa/Shimano on a fishing forum.
LOL. Growing up here in the USA I saw plenty of Chevy/Ford/Mopar rumbles at the carwash back in my younger motorhead days.

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Really a ROG board, a 955, a bulldozer cpu later, and CF 6970s?


Whats your definition of "high end"?

Fact is the i5-2500k is nearly twice the price of a 955 and can easily double its performance, specially in gaming.
I think everybody here knows that, what is your point? The issue is that right now that "extra gaming performance" has no use. By the time that extra gaming performance is matched by some games that can actually use it, we will all have new machines based on whatever the heck they come up with a few years from now.
    
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