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hey,

i am in the process of putting together a new pc for a friend.
his HP died and he wanted me to build a new one.

basically he just wants to be able to do family pictures, surf the web, watch movies, things of that nature.

I decided to go with AMD because you can get good performance for a relatively low price, however I am having a really hard time finding good information about a solid CPU. Everything out there seems to be wishy washy.

I had originally picked out this one: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=56116&...anufacture=AMD

But he wanted me to see if I could get something better.
I am looking for an AM3 CPU.
I was looking at maybe an Athlon II X3 but I am not really sure.
I am hoping to get it from NCIX Canada because then I can pick it up from the warehouse.

Can anyone offer up a possible candidate? Or maybe point in the direction of some good reviews?

thank you,


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post #2 of 15
Phenom II x2 555 can be unlocked to a quad, pretty sure it is less than a hundred.
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post #3 of 15
Would suggest this, but it's out of stock on newegg

And Phenom II x2 955 isn't guaranteed to unlock.
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post #4 of 15
For the tasks you have listed the cpu you have listed will be just fine. No need for x3 or x4. The Athlon Regor 250 and 255 are both real nice, and the Phenom II 555 BE is also another favorite with a possible unlock to quad core plus easily OC'd if that's a consideration at all. I've used all three on different builds and happy with all of them. A 3.0 range dual core is all that's really necessary and will keep case temps down and still give excellent performance while keeping the system in the budget range.
 
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post #5 of 15
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thanks for the suggestions guys.
not sure if I am going to be able to unlock/overclock any of these cpu's as I don't have any experience doing this.

maybe once i get it i will look into it but I don't really want to run the risk of messing up his new system.

anything here that you guys think is decent?
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?m...minorcatid=908


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post #6 of 15
I would suggest an AMD Phenom II X2 555 aswell, since if he is not planning on do anything spectacular on it 2 cores seem adequate.
post #7 of 15
I'd suggest the Phenom II x4 820 under $100 instead:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16819103824

You get 4 cores guaranteed with L3 Cache for $100. You'll have to buy your own heatsink, however.

NCIX doesn't have it unfortunately.
 
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post #8 of 15
Considering the bloated prices you guys up there seem to be paying, and the very very low requirements of your friends computing needs, I'd go with the 250. Cheap, more than powerful enough, nice and low power for energy bill savings, you won't have to buy any aftermarket cooling or a fancy mobo, shouldn't heat up the case much, and still with everything he'll need, unless at some point in the future you see processor heavy usage coming up, such as "doing pictures" becoming Heavy Photoshop/rendering or something.
The 250 CPU is a mild improvement over my old Athlon64 6000+, which I can honestly say did just about everything I do now (except for when I toss newer games at it), and in some ways was a waste to upgrade out of.

The difference of ~$60 is not at all worth it for someone who doesn't need an unlock to 4 cores between a 250 and 555.
Edited by ocpokey - 2/8/11 at 10:59pm
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post #9 of 15
Remember to price match on NCIX, you can do that. Also, unlocking is a bonus, not a requirement.
post #10 of 15
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thanks everyone for responding.
it is clear to me that i definitely need to start doing more reading to stay on top of the processing technology.

based on my second conversion with my friend i think i might go with this AMD Athlon II X4 640
after showing him the initial build that i did he did say he wanted a slightly better processor.
xd_1771 brought up a good point that NCIX does price match, and as such I could purchase from NCIX at the price that newegg is selling it for which is believe is here (thank you to NoItsNotDavid) for that link.

what do you guys think of that? bad idea?

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