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I can't decide. Going to be playing games mostly as I have a 5850 on the way to me. All the Athlon II quads are all the same to me and I don't know if it's worth it to just grap a Phenom II dual core instead. What's the best choice here?
     
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Phenom II 500 series. They unlock and overclock great.
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What are the odds of one NOT unlocking and having me just being stuck with a Dual Core? I mean, I never take bets and hope, I buy and if it happens, it's a bonus. In other words, I'm a very cautious buyer.
     
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athlon x4 640-645 and clock it to 3.2ghz or 3.5ghz max.
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What are the odds of one NOT unlocking and having me just being stuck with a Dual Core? I mean, I never take bets and hope, I buy and if it happens, it's a bonus. In other words, I'm a very cautious buyer.

If you want a quad core buy one. I have a 555BE (was happy with dual core), it unlocked all four cores, one was dud. Overclocked the 3 cores to 4GHz.

Could overclock the 2 cores to 4.2 GHz no problem.

If you want a cheap quad get the Athlon II X4 630 or 640. If happy with dual with a chance at Quad get 555/560BE.
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I'll just get a dual core then. I won't need anything more than that. I rarely use a quad core to it's full potential since games tend to max out my GPU before my CPU. That and a CPU at 4GHz, dual core or quad, is plenty powerful for any game out there today. Cool. Thanks you guys. biggrin.gif
     
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I've owned three phenom ii x2 555's and all of them unlocked. They all overclocked to about 3.6-3.8ghz with 1.375v, and would clock to 4ghz with just 2 cores at same voltage. The NB on those will usually do 2.8ghz also which will give a nice boost to most tasks.
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I'll just get a dual core then. I won't need anything more than that. I rarely use a quad core to it's full potential since games tend to max out my GPU before my CPU. That and a CPU at 4GHz, dual core or quad, is plenty powerful for any game out there today. Cool. Thanks you guys. biggrin.gif

I agree with you. I've got a Phenom II x2 555 BE (in back up rig) as a dual core running at 4013MHz and can play COD BO's and Starcraft II with everything on highest settings with no issues at all.
 
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post #9 of 18
I've a B50 (550 unlocked) and athlon II x4 630. Both are good options but I would go the 555 route, still great oc as a dual but have the chance to get a cheap great quad
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I had a 550 and 555 before. Both failed to unlock so I went straight to 1055t. You might wanna consider the chance of unlocking though, but I know one thing for sure that I was completely pissed when two chips could not unlock in a row.

And more modern games are supporting quad core nowadays. So I'd recommend getting an athlon ii x4 3.0-3.2Ghz and overclock it to 3.6Ghz at least.
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