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Well, I've been on here for a while but haven't posted. I usually skim the site to see what's the weather on AM2+ & Athlons presently. I also try to stay in touch (as a noob) with the important options to keep in mind. About a year ago, I was trying to get my stuff upgraded but the finances had to go to more important things.

I am looking to upgrade little by little if it's a sensible way option for what I have currently. I figure that I could just use the computer tower that I decided to pick up a couple of years ago and upgrade from there until I get enough money to be more free with my decisions. I have the specs for the tower currently but I'm not sure what would and wouldn't fit into the tower case. I'm also not sure what things I should consider doing first and foremost. I'm not particularly pressed to purchase a new case unless upgrading within the current one isn't sensible in the least bit.

I'm basically weighing my options before puling any triggers. Please help if you can. Give me whatever advice you have so I can learn as well as make proper decisions. Criticism is accepted.

I know that the motherboard is not staying and the processor is in need of being tossed. The specs for the tower I currently am using are found at this link:

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/ema...tag=mncol;rnav

Product Form Factor=Tower

Width=7.2 in

Depth=16.5 in

Height=14.5 in


Here are the processors that I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on. I can take any other suggestions but I'm only looking for AMD. If I'm going to high and I could do equivalent with overclocking, then I'm all for it. I don't know how to overclock.....yet.....but I'm planning on having plenty of time to fool with the computer. The one's in blue are leading the pack but I'm open minded to overclocking. Would be my first.

Quote:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103287--->>AMD Phenom 9150E 1.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 65W Quad-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103291---->>AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103293--->>AMD Phenom 9350e Agena 2.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 65W Quad-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103249--->>AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103250--->>AMD Phenom 9750 2.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W 65nm Quad-Core Processor
I know that the higher the GHz, the less I'm able to overclock it or something of that nature. I could take the 1.8 and make it hit 2.5 possibly if I had the right cooling and everything correct?
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I was just telling someone else the other day Phenom II comes out next month I believe.

So if you want, just wait and see if that is worth spending your money on, if not, and you decide to get a phenom I, then you should have no problem finding a used processor and mobo from someone trying to get rid of it so they can go Phenom II.

Now is not the time for anyone to build new comps until we see what phenom II can do.
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Now is the time to wait.
AMD will have the Phenom II's out, you'll find 4850's for $100, motherboards are always cheaper on AMDs side. RAM is already dirt cheap..
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