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Alright so I've been working on my home comp, and while it's awesome I'd like to cut power consumption and noise and also just have a dedicated work computer so I won't feel bad tinkering on my gaming computer.

Microcenter has AMD CPU's with a free MOBO, here's my decision, do I get the AMD athlon x4 640, or the AMD phenom x2 560 BE? I'll be overclocking both as far as I can with a cheap 212 plus I'll pick up there.

Edit:Forgot to mention, main use is basically handling Windows very quickly and browsing very quickly
if the dual does not unlock will it at around 4GHZ be able to beat the quad at 3.8 GHZ?
Edited by Tom1121 - 2/15/11 at 12:50pm
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The x2 might unlock to a quad but thats just a gamble.
I`d rather get the x4 Though.
Whats the price difference?
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$5 haha, leaning towards the quad myself, no guarantee unlock.
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Depends on what you work is.

x4 though will probably be better than the higher speed and more cache of the PhenTwo.
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I just did exactly what you're suggesting, with a Microcenter combo, and I'm pretty happy about it. X2 555 BE on MSI 785GT-E63. Microcenter 555s have a rep for unlocking, and mine did without a hitch. (They'll let you read the batch numbers, do some research before you go). Including 4GB of Crucial Ballistix and $20 H 212, it was $209 including a $20 rebate. Pretty damn good. Add Diablotek case for $40, got good air flow.

As far as OC, search my thread 'cause the budget boards get alot of flack for potentially burning up on OCs. Honestly, if you get a 555 BE that can unlock and run at stock 3.2, it will still make an awesome work rig.

I OC'd anyway, and got a stable 3.85GHz on H 212, with CnQ enabled (idles at 880MHz) at all stock voltages. Of course, you know it's a gamble with buying chips for unlocking and OC-ing. I figure with good airflow and stock volts, this machine will last despite the mobo.
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I just did exactly what you're suggesting, with a Microcenter combo, and I'm pretty happy about it. X2 555 BE on MSI 785GT-E63. Microcenter 555s have a rep for unlocking, and mine did without a hitch. (They'll let you read the batch numbers, do some research before you go). Including 4GB of Crucial Ballistix and $20 H 212, it was $209 including a $20 rebate. Pretty damn good. Add Diablotek case for $40, got good air flow.

As far as OC, search my thread 'cause the budget boards get alot of flack for potentially burning up on OCs. Honestly, if you get a 555 BE that can unlock and run at stock 3.2, it will still make an awesome work rig.

I OC'd anyway, and got a stable 3.85GHz on H 212, with CnQ enabled (idles at 880MHz) at all stock voltages. Of course, you know it's a gamble with buying chips for unlocking and OC-ing. I figure with good airflow and stock volts, this machine will last despite the mobo.
Thanks for the info bro, by any chance u know which batch numbers?
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post #7 of 9
Don't lose sight of your purpose cuz you don't need a quad core nor necessarily want one for a low power Word machine.
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It needs to be a bit more then a word machine, as it needs to at least be able to fluently handle many browser windows open and a java at the same time. I might go for the 560 as even it in dual will be awesome and if it unlocks to quad it's a treat. The quad is cheaper though so IDK.
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The Phenom II x2 could unlock but not safely on one of those low-end motherboards due to high TDP and cheap VRMs. Athlon II x4 is a bit safer at just 95W TDP which is much more common than 125W+ and you get guaranteed 4 cores a tthe very least.
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