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Motherboard / Processor WANTED for around £160 - Quad core possible?

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Hi all I have been looking around for the past few weeks for the best place to upgrade my PC. However, there are so many options I am a bit clueless where to start!!!! Should I keep monitorin…
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Hi all

I have been looking around for the past few weeks for the best place to upgrade my PC.
However, there are so many options I am a bit clueless where to start!!!!

Should I keep monitoring "the auction website" for 2nd hand deals ?

Is it possible to get a quad core or X3 processor for the money?

I believe AMD to be more affordable but is it a waste of time going for an X3 as these may be obsolete soon?

Anyone had any experience of the AMD X2 Dual Core AM2 Athlon 64 7750 Black Edition? I know its dual core but is this the best I could do for the money?

Any help, again, is much appreciated!
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Phenom II triple core with a cheap GX chipset motherboard can be had for just under £160 (710) or just over(720) on Scan website.

These are NOT today only deals so could be cheaper if you wait or could be had elsewhere for similar price I suspect

You'd have to have a VERY specific processing need for these not to be sufficient for most peoples requirements
#2
Stainy
Phenom II triple core with a cheap GX chipset motherboard can be had for just under £160 (710) or just over(720) on Scan website.

These are NOT today only deals so could be cheaper if you wait or could be had elsewhere for similar price I suspect

You'd have to have a VERY specific processing need for these not to be sufficient for most peoples requirements


and that processor is good enough for todays (and next years) games?
#3
BIG time. The graphics card will be your next headache though :p
#4
Oh and ignore the fact that the Phenom says AM3 and the motherboard is AM2+ (the cpu is backwards compatible, but no real advantage to going AM3 yet)
#5
Stainy
BIG time. The graphics card will be your next headache though :p


Well I just bought a new graphics card but went for a lower wattage one as my current power supply couldnt hack the newer ones....

I got the 1gb ATI 4670 for about £60 from ebuyer...

I probably should have bought the motherboard first and done it that way round.....

thanks for ur advice mate...
#6
A Q8200 (£120) and socket 775 motherboard (£40) is also just about possible on that budget.
#7
EndlessWaves
A Q8200 (£120) and socket 775 motherboard (£40) is also just about possible on that budget.


Is the Q8200 as good as the X3 720? Ive just been reading reviews of the 720 and it seems it can be overclocked pretty easily too?

Will the cheap motherboards cause a bottleneck?

I'm going to have to get some memory too, so I may look at the bundles on ebay....
#9
brez
Well I just bought a new graphics card but went for a lower wattage one as my current power supply couldnt hack the newer ones....

I got the 1gb ATI 4670 for about £60 from ebuyer...

I probably should have bought the motherboard first and done it that way round.....

thanks for ur advice mate...



I'd have gone 4850 as they can be had for around £80 now. However, 4670 might be ok on medium settings.

Good point about the Q8200, but I'd still go AMD personally
#10
brez
Is the Q8200 as good as the X3 720? Ive just been reading reviews of the 720 and it seems it can be overclocked pretty easily too?

Will the cheap motherboards cause a bottleneck?

I'm going to have to get some memory too, so I may look at the bundles on ebay....


A Q8200 will be better than the Phenom II X3 720 in multicore applications and a cheap P31/G3 motherboard shouldn't cause much, if any, drop in performance - although you'll probably get less features and not all will allow you to overclock.

If your power supply couldn't handle a new graphics card then are you sure it'll handle and have the appropriate connections for a new motherboard and processor?

p.s. I'd avoid ebay.
#11
I disagree about the processor. The AMD will be faster in all but the most optimised multi-core applications, for which the average user won't need. In the rest of the real world applications, the the Q8200 will be slower. Either way though, the difference will be negligible. Certainly only a benchmark would show differences up. Go with whichever you are most comfortable with.
#12


How would the AMD 720 compare with the AMD 8650 because that looks pretty good for a processor and motherboard...... good spot so thanks for that!
#13
I believe the 8650 is based on the phenom I core, which by all accounts was too short on memory to compete effectively with Intel C2Q. The phenom II core had more memory and it transformed the performance to being able to compete (but not with the i7 which has put Intel out in front again - why else do you think they can charge so much for them :x)
#14
brez
How would the AMD 720 compare with the AMD 8650 because that looks pretty good for a processor and motherboard...... good spot so thanks for that!



I may just buy a 2nd hand complete system on the auction website and then sell of the bits i dont need.....might be cheaper than buying a processor, motherboard, power supply and memory all seperately.....................

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