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Athlon II X2 or X3.
Preferably X3.
    
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To me Athlon II X3 is the best price/performance for you.

something like the 445 at 3.1Ghz

you will not miss the L3 if you are not gaming as someone mentioned earlier:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ache,2416.html

So if you only need 2 cores - the [edit] ATHLON II [/edit] X2 is the way if you want more X3 is the best balance IMHO
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Quote:
Originally Posted by myEZweb_net View Post
THE BEST value you can get is Phenom X2 555 BE.

Even though you are not overclocking specialist if you get the right motherboard (see my signature) unlocking cores and overclocking is EASY.


Third generation chip is almost guaranteed to unlock all 4 cores. I did it on my board using the "automatic" board feature just by pressing an X during boot. To overclock you have to go in BIOS and you can use "automatic" feature by selecting lets say 10%. DONE Not perfect but stable and fast!!!

At that point you have $160 CPU that you paid $90.
while this is true to a degree,in no way is unlocking 4 cores almost guaranteed.This is still a hit or miss,most likely you will miss.
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while this is true to a degree,in no way is unlocking 4 cores almost guaranteed.This is still a hit or miss,most likely you will miss.
This. If I remember correctly, the chance of successfully unlocking the cores is only ~40%.

Best bang for buck is the Athlon II X3. L3 cache only makes a "significant" (if you can call a 5% difference that) difference in games.
    
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This. If I remember correctly, the chance of successfully unlocking the cores is only ~40%.

Best bang for buck is the Athlon II X3. L3 cache only makes a "significant" (if you can call a 5% difference that) difference in games.
athlon x3 has 99% chance to unlock the 4th core
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athlon x3 has 99% chance to unlock the 4th core
I am sorry but this is just not true.
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Wow, thank you for all the replies guys, that was fast. I think I am going to be going with either the Athlon II X2 or X3, not quite sure on which yet. I was wable to spec this machine out to a much lower price than I had expected.

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I am sorry but this is just not true.
check out the reviews on newegg , everyone who bought that chip turned it into a quad , probably cuz you unlocking only 1 core and no L3 cache is involved unlike 555BE where you need to unlock 2 cores and 2 L3 caches .
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check out the reviews on newegg , everyone who bought that chip turned it into a quad , probably cuz you unlocking only 1 core and no L3 cache is involved unlike 555BE where you need to unlock 2 cores and 2 L3 caches .
OP Sorry for the thread hijack.

I am afraid reviews from a consumer website does not mean it is 99% guaranteed!

For those who want to give unlocking a go please read the excellent guides on OCN:

http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/53...ore-cache.html

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For home use? hell go with an Athlon X2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-903-_-Product
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