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I have some OEM am3 mobo, with my x4 already in it. I want better performance and Christmas is around the corner. How much improvement will I see with this processor against games like MW3 and others. I heard a while ago that you need like special "ready" motherboards to run this, which is correct?
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Well not necessarily. Some motherboards only support CPUs lower than a certain TDP, like say 95W. Using higher like 125W is a bad idea. You will need to find the exact motherboard you have, go to the manufacturer or OEM website, and look at the CPU support list. If none such list exists I would contact the company to be safe.
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post #3 of 7
make sure your motherboard has enough power for it.
post #4 of 7
Could you perhaps be more specific? Assuming it's a prebuild (HP, Dell Etc.), can you give us the name and model number? There should be a sticker somewhere on it, they have different Motherboards, although I personally wouldn't trust an x6 in a cheap OEM Motherboard.

Also, I wouldn't even consider getting a Thuban with that PSU, if you can replace that PSU with something like an XFX 450w Pro or something similar, that'll be the best thing you can do for your systems lifespan.

As far as gaming performance goes, games are only just starting to fully utilize multicore/4-core support. You would only see benefit of the L3 cache and stock clock speed (2.8GHz Athlon vs say 3.2GHz 1090T), and while there is a difference, I wouldn't call it hugely substantial for the amount of money involved, primary usage being gaming, and the possibility your Mobo may not have a BIOS update to accomodate the x6 anyway (likely TDP limitation of 95w or so).

Phenom vs Athlon ~clock-for-clock: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...he,2416-6.html

Does your Mobo allow for any overclocking?
 
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If your dead set on it, check to make sure the TDP is within spec (as previously mentioned). I'm fairly sure most OEM boards will only accept up to 95w. AMD has a 95w X6 1035T if you want more multi-threaded performance. But other than that, I'd just stick with what you've got now. It's more than enough for games/general use.

A better investment would be more RAM, a better CPU cooler, PSU upgrade or a monitor that will let your GTX 460 really shine. Or, as you have stated in your system, a case
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Actually, it's probably the only Diablotek that's honest about its' wattage...
You will be able to plug in a 1055T into any AM3 socket board, just don't clock it up any (but your OEM board won't let you anyway). You should also be fine with any other Thuban at stock speeds, but boards differ, and Thuban has occasionally managed to kill boards at stock.
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Simple answer. No.
You need to find a specific motherboard that states it supports CPUs up to 125Watts TDP and is 6-core ready. I would point out how to check it but i only know this from Asus page, the other ones you will have to check the CPU QVL or something like that.
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