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How much difference will I notice in GAMING while watching streams or something on another monitor if I go 4 cores?

Should I upgrade now or wait for Bulldozer? Just looking for some educated opinions.

Again I have a 5870 and get mostly good frame rates in all games as is. Maybe it will increase my min frame per second??
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Yea wait. I was considering upgrading, but decided that i'm going to xfire my graphics card and wait and see how low hexacore prices drop when bulldozer comes out.
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Only some games can utilize 4 cores, while most coming out now utilize 2 or 3 cores.
You would notice a decent increase in your FPS's average by increasing your core count on games that would use 3 or more cores.

I would try unlocking the 555 to a tripple/quad core.
If it doesn't unlock, wait just a little bit longer for Bulldozer to come out.
The prices on Phenoms will probably drop a bit.
    
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have you tried unlocking the other cores yet? I hear that chip typically has a great success rate in doing so.
    
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Originally Posted by noahhova View Post
How much difference will I notice in GAMING while watching streams or something on another monitor if I go 4 cores?

Should I upgrade now or wait for Bulldozer? Just looking for some educated opinions.

Again I have a 5870 and get mostly good frame rates in all games as is. Maybe it will increase my min frame per second??

Multi-threaded games are becoming more popular now. Most games coming out this year support more than three cores, so it'd be a wise decision from that standpoint alone. When it comes to multi-tasking, even a single-threaded game will push your CPU to 90%. By getting a Quad-Core, you should see a boost of at least 15% if you're running other things in the background. Add to that 10% since most games that were out in 2010 and 2009 made use of three cores, but not four. Getting a Quad-Core CPU makes very good sense in a gaming PC now. What I will advise you, though, is that you don't shell out too much for a Phenom II. Bulldozer is coming out, and if you spend too much on a Phenom II you're gonna have buyer's remorse.

With that said, I think your best choice would be a Phenom II X4 820 since it's only $95. Since you're at 4GHz with your 550, you're more than likely to have a good heatsink. You should be able to get the 820 to 3.8GHz. If you plan on paying more than $150, wait for Bulldozer. Your current AM3 mobo may support Bulldozer if it has the right CPU socket.

EDIT: first, try to unlock CPU cores on your current 555. If you can unlock at least one core and have a tri-core, forget my advice. Wait for Bulldozer instead.
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Wow big response thanks guys.

My chip won't unlock I have tried so many times. I do like to game and I wouldn't mind streaming online to like a justin.tv or one like. This is not possible with just my 2 cores way to much lag.

When is Bulldozer suppose to release? I may just go for the 840 as stated above. I don't have the greatest RAM will that hinder my OC since the Multi is locked on that chip I believe?
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Wow big response thanks guys.

My chip won't unlock I have tried so many times. I do like to game and I wouldn't mind streaming online to like a justin.tv or one like. This is not possible with just my 2 cores way to much lag.

When is Bulldozer suppose to release? I may just go for the 840 as stated above. I don't have the greatest RAM will that hinder my OC since the Multi is locked on that chip I believe?
You can always change the FSB ratio for your RAM, shouldn't matter too much for Overclocking.

Last I heard Bulldozer should be out in summer.
    
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Wow big response thanks guys.

My chip won't unlock I have tried so many times. I do like to game and I wouldn't mind streaming online to like a justin.tv or one like. This is not possible with just my 2 cores way to much lag.

When is Bulldozer suppose to release? I may just go for the 840 as stated above. I don't have the greatest RAM will that hinder my OC since the Multi is locked on that chip I believe?
No, don't go for the 840. Go for the 820, which is what I posted. The 840 is not a Phenom II, like AMD says, but rather an Athlon II. It uses the Propus die instead of the Deneb die and will probably be slower in older games due to no L3 cache. The 820 has 4MB L3 cache and the extra 2MB have a 99% chance of unlocking (I've yet to meet anyone that hasn't been able to do it).
    
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My local store doesn't carry the 820. Shame will take a while to get cash on paypal.

For my application would it be a downgrade to get a Athlon II 640?? How important is the L3 cache compared to 2 more cores. Can they unlock at all?
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