Which is better AMD athlon Vs Phenom

December 16, 2009 at 09:41:50
Specs: Windows 7
We are upgrading our computer and would like to know which is better the AMD athlon versus the Phenom? We are switching at the same time from windows xp to the Windows 7 home edition. Thanks

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#1
December 16, 2009 at 10:40:57
There are numerous versions of both...you need to be more specific. The generic answer would be 'the Phenom is better'. Of course, you'll need a motherboard that supports it, along with the right type & amoount of RAM. You listed nothing about your hardware we so have absolutely no idea what you're working with.

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#2
December 16, 2009 at 11:17:25
Sorry, the motherboard we puchased is a msi NF750-G55, purchased the DDR3 4GB, we weren't sure between the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Blk 3.1 GHz Dual-Core or the AMD II X4 630, the salesman we spoke to first wanted to sell us the second one but the salesman last night sold us the first so before we did anything we wanted to see which was better between the two, we don't do really any gaming. Hope this is more info, sorry husband wasn't here and didn't know all the details.

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#3
December 16, 2009 at 12:20:18
Any reason why you went with that particular motherboard instead of one based on an AMD chipset? Did you pay more than $90?

http://www.newegg.com/product/produ...

The Phenom II X2 550 (3.1GHz @ 80W) is a dual core with 6MB L3 cache & sells for about $99. The Athlon II X4 630 (2.8GHz @ 95W) is a quad core & sells for about $113. So unless you really need the quad core, you'd be paying at least $14 more for a CPU that not only runs slower, but consumes more electricity.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

And if you're into overclocking, another advantage to the Black Edition CPU is that the multiplier is fully unlocked. What that means is you can you can make one simple change in the BIOS & increase the speed. Going from 3.1GHz to 3.6GHz is as easy as changing the multiplier setting from 15.5x to 18.0x.


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#4
December 16, 2009 at 12:22:14
Better ? The Athlon II X4 is better then the Phenom II X2 in programs that utilize those 2 extra cores in which most cases unless you do heavy audio, video editing or do a lot of heavy gaming, then you prob won't even need those two extra cores. In non Quad Core enabled apps the Phenom II X2 is better then the Athlon II X4 which consist of typical everyday multitasking thanks to it's faster speed. So it all depends upon what you are doing with your pc.

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#5
December 16, 2009 at 13:19:52
Well the motherboard is just the one the store recommended for what we told them we were using it for. Is this not a good motherboard is there something better you can suggest? My husband knows how to put them together and knows a little but doesn't know much about what's good and what's not. thanks for the responses

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#6
December 16, 2009 at 13:46:14
You usually pay much more buying computer hardware at retail.

So then you haven't yet bought any hardware?


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#7
December 17, 2009 at 04:32:41
it seems like u don't need any graphic card. Look for board with amd chipset 785g or 790gx
http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product...
http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product...

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