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Phenom II 55xBE, new build, pls. help !

post #1 of 4
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About 300$ budget.
I want to pair the cpu with a mobo(Gigabyte?) and ram.
I want to use them for long time and be able to o/c to the optimum and, maybe unlock some cores to x3/x4.

PC will be used to: office, audio, video, rendering..., maybe gaming. OS=Windows(32bit).

What should I choose?
a) Phenom II 550be OR 555?
Wich one is more o/c and cool at 3.6-4.0GHz and has more chances to be a unlocked?

b) Mobo chipset AMD 770 or 790 ?
Wich one is more stable, mature and o/c friendly?
Just pure performance, not need for onboard video, crossfire....

c) memory, 2-3Gb are fine (more is lossy), but:
-dual channel 2*1024?
2*1024+2*512?
2*2048 (but use 3Gb because of the 32bit OS)
-single channel 3*1024 or 2+1Gb?
Wich is the best for Phenom controller?
Single or dual channel?
Worth it to sacrifice dual channel 2Gb to have 3Gb?

-ddr2(800/1066/...) low timings or ddr3(1600/1800) cl6/cl7 ?
Wich give more REAL performance ?

Please help !
Many thanks in advance !

*-Please excuse me for so many questions,
maybe already answered here,
but my time is quite short and the forum is HUGE.
post #2 of 4
550 be,
ga-ma770 is enough if your not going to crossfire.
ddr3 2x2gb [4gb] 1333,1600 up to you.i will go for 1600.1333 because of ur budget limit

and go here to read GUIDE: Make 32-bit OS Support 128GB of RAM
by PhaedraCorruption
Edited by fssbzz - 4/13/10 at 12:41am
post #3 of 4
Agreed, it is huge. Does your $300 include the case and everything? Or just CPU/Mobo/RAM?
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post #4 of 4
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300$ just cpu, mobo, ram.
Can be increased if performange gain is signifiantly increased with other mobo or 3Gb RAM.

LE.
Is there a big difference between:
-single CH and dual CH for the PhenomII
-2Gdual vs 3Gsingle
-ddr2/ddr3 in daily use.

I was unable to get comparatives for PhenomII. Only for older Athlon's and Intel's. PhenomII controller is different from them.
I still don't need more than 3Gb. I can use 2Gb dual if performance improves in dual Ch.

I will be very happy to see such comparatives (if any) on PhenonII o/c at 3.6-4.0
but with o/c on NB and HT.
Edited by TeDDy_P - 4/13/10 at 10:03am
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