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#1 Aug 31 2010 at 5:11 PM Rating: Default
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I have the AM3 socket I believe in my EMachine. (Yea I'm still trying to do something with this dang thing) Now with the price drop on the AMD's, (Sorry Intel lovers) I can get an Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz Boxed Processor for 98.99 or a Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Boxed Processor for 130.00, both Microcenter prices. I wasn't thinking about this before the price drop, but now, I am. Got some prices also locally on a 550 W power supply for 50.00. Video card is still the only issue and I'm waiting to see how some have run it on lower cards. I can pick up a 5670 for 130.00 or a 5450 for 62.99. Has anyone had any luck with either of these video cards in Beta 3? And will it be ok to put in one of those processors on my system? It would upgrade my machine from an ok Dual Core to a decent Quad Core.
#2 Aug 31 2010 at 5:33 PM Rating: Decent
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Just want to say, save money and grab a Phenom II 945 or 955 BE, same CPU but 0,2ghz clock differ. You will save money in long run going for Phenom 4x instead. And you can clock 955 with the box original CPU cooler fan. To 3,5-3,8 if lucky and know what you doing.
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#3 Aug 31 2010 at 6:04 PM Rating: Decent
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And you can clock 955 with the box original CPU cooler fan. To 3,5-3,8 if lucky and know what you doing.


Not with a pre-built computer you can't. OEMs do not [except in special cases like alienware] include overclocking options in their BIOS.

Also, if it's a chain built computer, it has an OEM copy of windows on it. OEM versions are one shot installs that tie to your specific hardware. I'm almost positive replacing the CPU would invalidate your version of windows. Really, by the time you're done, it's really REALLY more cost effective to build your own machine rather than trying to retrofit a cheap OEM machine.

Also keep in mind, just because your machine is AM3, it does NOT mean your BIOS will support any AM3 processor. Unless you know they made a version that came with that specific processor, it's a gamble.
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#4 Aug 31 2010 at 6:04 PM Rating: Default
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Actually just found out it's AM2 socket now, so I can't go over 89W on the processor. So there goes that plan. (I sure hope I get alot of hours with this job so I can buy a new computer.)
#5 Aug 31 2010 at 6:10 PM Rating: Good
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Actually just found out it's AM2 socket now, so I can't go over 89W on the processor.


You may not feel this way, but trust me you're better off. Once, long ago when I was not as computer literate as I am now, I attempted such a project as you were planning. I got it to work, but it cost me a LOT more than I had planned.

I'm not complaining though, I got my money back in a valuable education.
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