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Upgrading to Athlon II 640

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Hey guys I had a question about upgrading my 8650 to the athlon II 640. See, I bought the athlon II because at Microcenter they had a deal where if I bought the athlon I would get an MSI 785G-E63 mobo for $10. So I bought it and I was wondering what type of performance increase I will see (if any).

Phenom 8650-3 core @ 2.3 GHz

Athlon II 640-4 Core @ 3.0 GHz

I read that the Athlon doesn't have any L3 cache and I was wondering how that would affect the performance

I'm also gonna have 4gigs DDR3 1333 and I have an HD 4890 Video Card.

I was also wondering about overclocking the Athlon so if anyone could give me a link on how to do that it would be great.

thanks
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Yup, that deal that Microcenter is having for AMD bundles now is really awesome, nice pick there.

That's definitely an upgrade. As to how much of a performance increase you're going to get, it depends on your usage largely.

The Athlon II doesn't have L3 cache, which is why it performs slightly slower then it's brother, the Phenom II.

Here's a great guide for overclocking your Athlon II.
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great guide thanks. And yeah that mobo is usually $90 so I figured I didn't need a ton of performance. Picked up a fast quad core cpu a nice mobo and 4gb DDR3 for about $135.
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AMD Phenom X3 8650 ECS A7050M-M XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB DDR5 4GB 800MHz 
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AMD Phenom X3 8650 ECS A7050M-M XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB DDR5 4GB 800MHz 
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2x500GB SATA Windows 7 Home Premium x64 2x22" at 1680x1050 600W 
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