what's the best 3 or 4 core processor

October 6, 2012 at 09:28:32
Specs: Windows 7
I'm wanting to upgrade and don't really know what I want. I have an AMD 3x and want to go to a newer and better sys.

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October 6, 2012 at 09:59:40
What do you want to be able to do that you can't do now? List your system specs.

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October 6, 2012 at 10:07:11
well if u already have a 3 core cpu what would u hope to acheive with a 4 core one ?
have u considered overclocking ?

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October 6, 2012 at 12:42:36
All you've told us is you have an "AMD 3x" which means your system isn't all that old. They made a lot of different X3's, which one do you have? And please list the rest of your specs - motherboard, RAM, graphics, HDD, etc.

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October 6, 2012 at 15:16:05
Intel core i7 is the way to go still.

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October 6, 2012 at 15:28:39
"Intel core i7 is the way to go still"

Sure, if you're willing to pay $300 for the CPU, $150-200 for a board, $40 for 8GB RAM, $100-150 for a decent gaming card, $200 for an SSD, $50-75 for a storage drive, & $50-75 for a decent power supply to run it all.

Are you willing to pay $1000 for a new rig?

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October 6, 2012 at 21:04:50
An upgrade from the X3 to an X4 isn't worth it, IMO. If you really need to upgrade, go for the Phenom II X6. Should drop right in to your motherboard. Check the CPU support list first.

Your board may also support the "eight core" AMD FX processors. The FX would be a great upgrade if you use your computer primarily for video editing, encoding or 3D rendering. However, its relatively weak single-threaded performance doesn't make it the best choice for gaming and general purpose computing (a Phenom II X4 980 or X6 1100T would be better).

A Core i5 or i7 would also give you a good boost in performance, but then you'd (obviously) need a new motherboard too.

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October 7, 2012 at 10:27:01
" go to a newer and better sys."

Third generation Core i7 really smokes the numbers if you believe the numbers.

There are only a few instances where you get more cpu for the money ratio when doing only a cpu upgrade.

Most cpu's are sold almost at the same rate. High end systems cost same per performance dollar.

I would suggest against an upgrade of only your cpu. Generally you don't get much performance increase for the money.

When you go to a new motherboard you may see increases in ram and true, you may have to buy new ram and maybe even power supply.

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