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Hi!


My brother wants to upgrade, but he doesn't have that much money.

So the obvious choise is AMD.


Now, he has an E8400, but wants to upgrade, and he really likes the idea of an Phenom X6


Would there be any noticable performance change if he upgrades to AMD Phenom X6, or is the price the same as Intel Sandy Bridge?

And, is there mobo's, which are capable of running SLI with the AM3 socket?


This would be my first ever AMD build...
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post #2 of 12
what does he do ie game, browse, fold?
What components will/can be reused?
why not pop in a quad core intel like Q9550?
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Too expensive to put in a Q9550

Might as well just upgrade it all

He only games on it...

He just wants to upgrade from socket 775, and AMD is cheapest...

Now, I need to know, if there's a motherboard out there that fits AMD Phenom II X6 and SLI
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post #4 of 12
There are a few SLi capable boards for am3 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131637R

The sandy bridge stuff has the potential to be faster than a thuban oc to oc, but the price difference is still a bit - especially if you are budget limited. Also, the mobos are a bit more as well.

Best bang for the buck right now is the 1055t. Small OC coupled with a decent gpu will get you gaming quite nicely.
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post #6 of 12
gaming = quad cpu
budget = phenom II x4
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post #7 of 12
a buddy with a 775 board, put in the q8300 (quad 2.5ghz)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0341725
and overclocked it to 2.8

made a huge improvement over the e7300 overclocked to 3ghz

he does a lot of video encoding and wmc
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
He really likes the idea of 6 cores, and I'll give him that

FOund a board with nForce 750a SLI from ASUS with core unlock


It's SO sweet! Thanks for your help, you guys!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jaguarbamf View Post
I just built that exact machine yesterday for a friend
used an ASROCK 870 Exteme3 MOBO
EVGA 450GTS
Pretty fast,had an Windows Exp rating of 7.2-7.2
Have not had much time on it yet but so far were
are liking the cost VS Value of the set up
6 cores would have done nothing for us so we opted out
of spending the extra
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What's the budget??
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