View Full Version : Going Phenom II X2, 3 or 4... best value for a non-SLI/CrossFire setup?

07-06-09, 01:20 PM
I'm finally selling one of my A8V-Deluxe 939 rigs so I can game safely @ 720p/1080i for the next year or so.... My x2 3800 and HD3850 AGP aren't gonna be able to hold up much longer @ high settings in all games.

I'm gonna get an AM2+ motherboard, and would like to spend $50-$80 USD. I've heard that any old mobo will allow me to unlock the extra cores on an X2 or X3, but, I just want to make sure I'm going to have multiplier adjustments, and maybe at least a bit of HTT and RAM tweakability.

@ [h], good is being spoke of the Gigabyte AMD 770 chipset mobos, such as the MA-770-UD3...


but I've heard other recommendations that specify the 790GX chipset or motherboards using the SB710 or SB750 southbridge. These are too expensive for me. :(

What about the nVidia, VIA or ULi chipset motherboards?

I'm just planning on using my a Black Series Phenom II, Freezer Pro 64 cooler, some G.Skill DDR2-1066, and an HD4850. Nothing too special.


... meh I've been stuck in 939-AGP-land since 2004, so I have some definite catching u to do. :p

07-06-09, 02:05 PM
I'd go with the Phenom II X2 550:

As for the board, a Gigabyte or ASUS 760, 770 or 780 should be good.

I really like the Asus 780G board in my HTPC, but if you're overclocking you're probably better off with a full ATX board like this Gigabyte:


This ram should be good too:


07-06-09, 03:45 PM
Go with this board for $79.00 after rebate best bang for your buck 790gx chipset. Was going to buy one for myseft but microcenter didn't have any in stock.


And the CPU go with this Phenom II X3 Triple-Core Processor 710 Boxed Only $119 out the door


07-06-09, 10:35 PM
I'd go with the Phenom II X2 550

I may have to if the x3 BE stock dries up quick. But I really don't want two cores or even the chance of a non-unlockable 550 BE.