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post #1 of 24
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Hi all, I've been contemplating this for a while and need some opinons.

My current build uses an old M3N78-VM AM2+ motherboard.
The RAM and Mobo have been the same since I first bought them in 2008. At first I had an Athlon X2 6000+ which ran great but got a great deal on a 955BE C3 and replaced it. For my first build I was very happy with my purchase. Overclocking I was able to get to 3.8 @ 1.4 stable on the 955.

My question is I have an extra M4A88T-I Deluxe motherboard with some PC10666 RAM. Should I switch out the motherboard and move to the AM3 platform?
I know the BIOS on the M4A88T-I has better options for overclocking, and power management.

Current build:
M3N78-VM AM2+
AMD 955BE C3
Antec Khuler 620
4GB Corsair XMS2
Palit GTX 460 1Gb
BFG 550W PSU

Proposed Changes:
M4A88T-I AM3
4GB Kingston PC10666
same GFX PSU and cpu cooler.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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post #2 of 24
ur setup is still legit in my opinion. I wouldn't upgrade until Haswell comes out.
    
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ur setup is still legit in my opinion. I wouldn't upgrade until Haswell comes out.

not really interested in upgrading right now. it's pretty obvious that intels' IPC > AMD.
do you think the switch will give me any benefit in gaming/oc performance?
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not really interested in upgrading right now. it's pretty obvious that intels' IPC > AMD.

It doesnt come out till 2013

but if u wanted a change u could upgrade to an AM3 and put a Phenom II X6 later.
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As long as everything is still good, no need to upgrade. Only reason I moved away from my foxconn destroyer and ddr2 was the IMC on my P2 940 was starting to act up and stability was dropping. The destroyer didn't have any bios updates for the Thuban chips.

The only reason I see to update is a huge update. Wait until the next gen amd, and intel cpu's come out, and then make a decision.
post #6 of 24
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i'm aware of intel's roadmap. i have an AM3 board that supports X6.
will the AM3 platform give me any benefit over my ancient AM2+?

EDIT for clarity:
Already have all the parts. Not upgrading/buying new parts.
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i would save a bit more and get an am3+ mobo and chip.
have you got ddr3 or ddr2?
    
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If you're not getting a new CPU or need a board to support more RAM than the board you currently have can I really don't see much of a point. OCing is fun and worth some investment but at this point it's not going to make as much difference dumping money into a board to try harder on that Phenom.
     
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I have an M4A88T-I which was my htpc for awhile, and isn't used much anymore as well as some DDR3 PC10666 RAM. I'm guessing that there's greater oc potential in the AM3 board but wanted an opinion.
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post #10 of 24
if your limited on funds Id recomend going to a AM3+ board the ddr3 ram is cheeper then ddr2 making upgrading ram cheeper as well as having a platform for newer cpus from AMD
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