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Hi everyone, this is my first post on this forum.

A few months ago I bought a new AMD motherboard (Gigabyte M52L-S3P) after an old one fried. I also upgraded the memory to 4gb DDR2 and fan to an antec 430w.

I'm basically looking to upgrade my processor from an AMD 64 3500+ as I'm fed with the PC clogging up and just behaving slow.

The main tasks that I do (I'm a lecturer at university) is to have about 7 MS word files, 2-3 powerpoint files, 5 internet windows with about 5 tabs in each one, a couple of PDF files, sometimes an Excel file and say two youtube pages all open at the same time (when I have all these windows open it really slows down and even freezes at times, especially if I play youtube in the background!)

I would like to watch HD videos and convert music files to mp3, and very occasional dvd rendering. NO gaming.

I have checked the forum for previous posts but most questions were concerning gaming. I'm not sure if I should go for 4 cores or 6? So far I have considered the Phenom II X4 955 or should I go for the Phenom II X6 1055T for an extra £30? Is it worth it for a long term investment? I could also consider the 965 which comes in between the two in terms of budget but I was not bothering with that as £15 more would get me a 6 core.

Your help will be much appreciated as I'm only a novice in this field. My slow computer is affecting my work so I am hoping to upgrade very soon. I am also thinking of upgrading my graphics card to play HD vids (not games) so if you can recommend a graphics card for less than £50 that would be great too!

Thanks!
Edited by qadri - 3/26/11 at 9:17pm
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I would suggest the 955. For what you are talking about that CPU should be more then enough.
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Neither. Your board won't support either one without literally catching on fire. That's a known fire hazard Gigabyte 3+1 power phase setup.

Get a 95w or less chip (such as an Athlon II) and keep it at stock.
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^^3+1? That's wimpy.

There's little difference in price, I'd just get the 1055. More cores will be better in multitasking.
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Again, seriously.... DO NOT GET EITHER for that motherboard. It will catch on fire due to poor quality VRM's. It might not be immediate, but it will happen.
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Neither. Your board won't support either one without literally catching on fire. That's a known fire hazard Gigabyte 3+1 power phase setup.

Get a 95w or less chip (such as an Athlon II) and keep it at stock.
Please don't disregard this either, that board says in the specs that only up to 95w TDP is operable. Plus an Athlon II quad core isn't really that much slower than a Phenom II, the only difference is the missing L3 cache.

Edit: Gaming wise you would see an average 1-2fps less with an Athlon, the absolute max would be like, 5. The Athlon will definitely treat you well (:
Edited by nik12937 - 3/26/11 at 9:23pm
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Go for an Athlon II X4 6** series.

Your mobo's VRM's aren't good enough for a Phenom quad.
 
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I would take Pioneerisloud's advice and stick to an Athlon II X2.
It can handle everything you are talking about.

For graphics card just get a Radeon 4550 or 5450 for HD video.
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Thank you for your quick responses.

I did check the Gigabyte website and it said both of these chips were compatible with my motherboard? In any case if it did fry the motherboard it's under warranty (3 yrs) so could I not just return the motherboard with the hope of them sending me a newer model which would support the new chip?

Coming back to your suggestions, I have had a look. That would save me about £20 which is good and should keep everything fast for what I do (that's the main purpose, PC needs to be super quick!). In my local store they have the Athlon II 645 but at the same price they have the AMD Phenom II X4 840 95w, so would the latter not be a better option as it's also 95w (plus it's phenom!)?
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Thank you for your quick responses.

I did check the Gigabyte website and it said both of these chips were compatible with my motherboard? In any case if it did fry the motherboard it's under warranty (3 yrs) so could I not just return the motherboard with the hope of them sending me a newer model which would support the new chip?

Coming back to your suggestions, I have had a look. That would save me about £20 which is good and should keep everything fast for what I do (that's the main purpose, PC needs to be super quick!). In my local store they have the Athlon II 645 but at the same price they have the AMD Phenom II X4 840 95w, so would the latter not be a better option as it's also 95w (plus it's phenom!)?
Get the Athlon II x4 or x3. The Phenom II x4 840 is just an Athlon II that has the Phenom II name. It still lacks L3 cache.

You need to keep it under 95w TDP, period. The Athlon's are the only chips that can do that. And you'll have to keep it at stock, as that board can't handle over 95w period.
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