AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz+ free super saver del £69.46 @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Please be gentle as this is my first deal. Anyway saw this on Ebuyer and thought it was a good price the next cheapest seems to be £76.85 @ Scan. Also there are some of these cpu's which can be unlocked to quad core but that is down to luck if you get one or not.
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#1
if only i had some extra cash
#2
my hubby bought me this when he built me a comp! really happy with it¬!
#3
Can anyone suggest a good Motherboard to go with this?
#4
Excellent deal. This is the 'Black Edition' which allows easy overclocking - I pushed the clock speed up 25% without needing to mess about with overvoltage etc. Plus depending on your motherboard you might be able to unlock 2 cores to make this a quad core processor (many of the X2's are actually X4's that have had two of their cores lopped off.
#5
Shafto
Can anyone suggest a good Motherboard to go with this?


Look at the user reviews on the ebuyer site, there are plenty of people who have posted which motherboards work best with this processor
#7
As was mentioned previously, Can anyone suggest a good, BUDGET motherboard to go with this?:thumbsup:
#8
I have the phenom x2 555. Ive got a gigabyte 785gmt ud2h motherboard. Its cheap, has good reviews and has integrated gfx capable of playing hd content. Couldnt reccommend it enough
#9
I've got this running in my current PC. Never once had a hint of slowdown no matter what I do
#10
These are good value chips, however it seems that less and less are now unlocking succesfully.
#11
haggisheid
As was mentioned previously, Can anyone suggest a good, BUDGET motherboard to go with this?:thumbsup:


Good budget board :

http://www.tekheads.co.uk/product/ASRock-ALiveXFire-eSATA2-AMD-480X-CrossFire-Socket-AM2-PCI-E-ATX-Motherboard_9732.html

Crossfire too. Tekheads are a good bunch too :thumbsup:

or

http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/ASRock-ALiveXFire-eSATA2-AMD-480X-CrossFire-Socket-AM2-PCI-E-ATX-Motherboard_2268.html

Review here :

http://www.ocworkbench.com/2006/asrock/ALiveXFire-eSATA2/b8.htm
#12
You could look at this board: GA-MA770T-UD3P
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=347&Itemid=69
It has ACC which allows you to to unlock 4 cores with ease and is prepared for extra wattage and bear in mind it is an AM3 cpu so although it is backward compatible with AM2 board you will only have use of DDR2 MEMORY so basically if you are going to buy this cpu you should pay a little extra and get AM3 board that uses DDR3 MEMORY
AROUND £70 http://www.advancetec.co.uk/acatalog/info_2408091.html :thumbsup:
#13
bigalorr
You could look at this board: GA-MA770T-UD3P
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=347&Itemid=69
It has ACC which allows you to to unlock 4 cores with ease and is prepared for extra wattage :thumbsup:


Nice Mobo, but will set you back at least £80. Obviously if you have the budget... :thumbsup:
#14
Shafto
Can anyone suggest a good Motherboard to go with this?


Do you plan on using DDR2 or DDR3 memory?
banned#15
does anyone know is it much better than AMD X3 2.9 GHz?
#16
janosik
does anyone know is it much better than AMD X3 2.9 GHz?


http://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html

I think the X3 is faster ... But this could be overclocked more if you had the right kit ..
#17
the one to go for is amd 555 most of these are quad core. But have been disabled.with the right motherboard you can unlock the other 2 cores.
#18
Well it is only about £9 more expensive solid overclocker(potential 4x cores at 3.7ghz) bigger cache, you can unlock all cores on both but i think some people have had stability issues overclocking AMD X3 - To be honest you could discuss this all day and obviously there are bigger and better all singing and dancing cpu's out there but we are talking about a cpu for less than £70 here so in that respect it is an excellent cpu :thumbsup:
#19
#20
if your after a good budget-ish mobo do a search for the-
Asus M4A785TD-M Evo AMD 785G (Socket AM3) DDR3 microATX Motherboard

price roughly £70

the onboard graphics are decent enough , has hdmi and combined with that processor is fast enough for blu-ray/media playback easily. is backwards compatible with alot of older cpus as well .. plus takes ddr2 + ddr3 memory ( although you cant mix them )

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This motherboard supports AMD Socket AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 1333 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD CPUs in the new 45nm manufacturing process.

- CPU: Phenom II/Athlon II/Sempron 100 Series
- Chipset: AMD 785G / SB710
- System Bus: Up to 5200 MT/s HyperTransport 3.0
- Memory: 4x DDR3 DIMM 1800(OC) / 1600(OC) / 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz (Max. 16GB)
- Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 GPU
- Expasion slots: 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 Slots, 1x PCIe x1 Slots & 2x PCI Slots
- Storage: 1x Ultra DMA 133/100/66, 5x SATA 3Gb/s (RAID 0, 1, 10 and JBOD) & 1x eSATA 3Gb/s
- LAN: RTL8112L Gigabit LAN
- Audio: VT1708S 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- 12x USB 2.0
- EPU
- ASUS Q-Fan
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- GPU NOS
- Turbo Key
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
- 1x PS/2 COMBO (Keyboard & Mouse)
- 1x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
- 1x HDMI
- 1x DVI
- 1x D-SUB
- 1x IEEE 1394a
#21
Will-Smith
I have the phenom x2 555. Ive got a gigabyte 785gmt ud2h motherboard. Its cheap, has good reviews and has integrated gfx capable of playing hd content. Couldnt reccommend it enough



Me too, great board! No joy unlocking the two other cores on my Phenom BE 550 though :cry:
Did get it up to a solid 3.8 GHz with an aftermarket cooler though! :thumbsup:
#22
janosik
does anyone know is it much better than AMD X3 2.9 GHz?


The Athlon II X3 435 is around 20-25% faster: than this http://www.behardware.com/articles/778-14/giant-roundup-146-intel-and-amd-processors.html

This is a fairly specialised deal as neither the performance or power consumption of this processor is great, an Athlon II X3 440 is faster at the same price in most things, so one for the overclockers who want the unlocked multiplier only.
#23
TALON1973
if your after a good budget-ish mobo do a search for the-
Asus M4A785TD-M Evo AMD 785G (Socket AM3) DDR3 microATX Motherboard

price roughly £70

the onboard graphics are decent enough , has hdmi and combined with that processor is fast enough for blu-ray/media playback easily. is backwards compatible with alot of older cpus as well .. plus takes ddr2 + ddr3 memory ( although you cant mix them )

edit

This motherboard supports AMD Socket AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 1333 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD CPUs in the new 45nm manufacturing process.

- CPU: Phenom II/Athlon II/Sempron 100 Series
- Chipset: AMD 785G / SB710
- System Bus: Up to 5200 MT/s HyperTransport 3.0
- Memory: 4x DDR3 DIMM 1800(OC) / 1600(OC) / 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz (Max. 16GB)
- Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 GPU
- Expasion slots: 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 Slots, 1x PCIe x1 Slots & 2x PCI Slots
- Storage: 1x Ultra DMA 133/100/66, 5x SATA 3Gb/s (RAID 0, 1, 10 and JBOD) & 1x eSATA 3Gb/s
- LAN: RTL8112L Gigabit LAN
- Audio: VT1708S 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- 12x USB 2.0
- EPU
- ASUS Q-Fan
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- GPU NOS
- Turbo Key
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
- 1x PS/2 COMBO (Keyboard & Mouse)
- 1x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
- 1x HDMI
- 1x DVI
- 1x D-SUB
- 1x IEEE 1394a


Yeah that seems to be a good board and I was thinking about ordering that myself :)
#24
Please can anyone recommend a quietish psu to go with this?
(Still adhering to the budget theme).
Ta
#25
Looking at it some more, as someone whose needs are a new setup to deal with digital images, no real gaming needs at all. would I be better off going for
AMD Athlon II X3 440 3.0GHz
mebbe coupled with
Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 AMD Nvidia 720D Socket AM2
?
(piece of string, I know, I know.........):thumbsup:

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