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AMD Phenom X4 9600...... thoughts? new
#294653 - 08/28/12 04:02 PM


just did a cpu upgrade to this and was expecting much more from it... its running fine, but their is virtually no difference from the last cpu i had..........

do i need to turn on its extra power?



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Re: AMD Phenom X4 9600...... thoughts? new [Re: wild eyed]
#294759 - 08/29/12 04:11 PM


> just did a cpu upgrade to this and was expecting much more from it... its running
> fine, but their is virtually no difference from the last cpu i had..........

In this thread someone else was asking about a similar upgrade and I opined that he wouldn't see much benefit. Guess I was right. It's a pricier undertaking, but if you want to see some real improvement, switch to an Intel. I was an AMD fanboy for years, but the plain, somewhat sad, truth these days is that Intel is cleaning AMD's clock on raw performance.

> do i need to turn on its extra power?

I'm not even sure what this means... Overclocking? You'll probably see a little benefit from overclocking. Unless you happen to have a game that is right on the verge of running at 100%, though, it's not likely to make anything playable that wasn't already playable.



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Re: AMD Phenom X4 9600...... thoughts? new [Re: DMala]
#294767 - 08/29/12 06:11 PM




whats a good recomended intel setup or motherboard bundle?

what processor should i be looking at?

i3 i5 i7 are they the biggest brands at the mo?



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Re: AMD Phenom X4 9600...... thoughts? [Re: wild eyed]
#294773 - 08/29/12 10:34 PM


You could pick up a cheap Core i5 motherboard, CPU, and memory for around $400.
Here's my current "want" list from New Egg if you're curious...

ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$129.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131832

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
$219.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
$44.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314



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Re: AMD Phenom X4 9600...... thoughts? new [Re: krick]
#294800 - 08/30/12 07:23 PM


> You could pick up a cheap Core i5 motherboard, CPU, and memory for around $400.
> Here's my current "want" list from New Egg if you're curious...

That's a great basic setup for MAME, and pretty cheap too.



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Re: AMD Phenom X4 9600...... thoughts? new [Re: krick]
#294811 - 08/30/12 09:32 PM


in ireland we have dabs.ie

the same deal is about 340 euros delivered..

hmm.

if only i could use one computer for both my cabinet and desktop needs....

anyone every try something like that?



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Re: AMD Phenom X4 9600...... thoughts? new [Re: wild eyed]
#294813 - 08/30/12 10:01 PM


> if only i could use one computer for both my cabinet and desktop needs....
>
> anyone every try something like that?

It shouldn't be a problem if your cables are long enough. Use on-board video for desktop work and another video card permanently connected to the monitor in the cab.

I wonder if a long USB cable to the I-PAC will cause latency?

The only problem is that you will not be able to do anything at the desktop while MAME is in focus on the arcade monitor.

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Re: AMD Phenom X4 9600...... thoughts? new [Re: R. Belmont]
#294867 - 08/31/12 10:00 PM


> > You could pick up a cheap Core i5 motherboard, CPU, and memory for around $400.
> > Here's my current "want" list from New Egg if you're curious...
>
> That's a great basic setup for MAME, and pretty cheap too.

It sucks, I was *this* close to pulling the trigger on basically that upgrade a few months ago. Then my priorities got completely upended and even $400 was too much of a splurge. Ah well, someday.



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Re: AMD Phenom X4 9600...... thoughts? new [Re: DMala]
#294900 - 09/01/12 02:59 PM


> > > You could pick up a cheap Core i5 motherboard, CPU, and memory for around $400.
> > > Here's my current "want" list from New Egg if you're curious...
> >
> > That's a great basic setup for MAME, and pretty cheap too.
>
> It sucks, I was *this* close to pulling the trigger on basically that upgrade a few
> months ago. Then my priorities got completely upended and even $400 was too much of a
> splurge. Ah well, someday.

my priorities:

deep well water pump 600 euros
new gas oven 300
new washing machine 400
hoover 60 euros

and there is a leak here somewhere. i think i have ghosts



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Core i5 combo now has $35 off with promo codes new [Re: krick]
#295136 - 09/05/12 11:25 PM


> You could pick up a cheap Core i5 motherboard, CPU, and memory for around $400.
> Here's my current "want" list from New Egg if you're curious...
>
> ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
> $129.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131832
>
> Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
> Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
> $219.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
>
> G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
> Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
> $44.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314


Until 2012-09-10 there's promo code discounts for the motherboard and CPU...

Motherboard Discount Promo Code - EMCNANF36 - $15.00 off
CPU Discount Promo Code - EMCNANF35 - $20.00 off

That makes the three items above only $358.97 not including shipping and taxes if applicable.



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Re: Core i5 combo now has $41.60 off with promo codes new [Re: krick]
#295238 - 09/07/12 05:34 PM


> > You could pick up a cheap Core i5 motherboard, CPU, and memory for around $400.
> > Here's my current "want" list from New Egg if you're curious...
> >
> > ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
> > $129.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131832
> >
> > Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
> > Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
> > $219.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
> >
> > G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
> Desktop
> > Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
> > $43.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
>
>
> Until 2012-09-10 there's promo code discounts for the motherboard and CPU...
>
> Motherboard Discount Promo Code - EMCNANF36 - $15.00 off
> CPU Discount Promo Code - EMCNANF35 - $20.00 off
>
> That makes the three items above only $358.97 not including shipping and taxes if
> applicable.

The memory just dropped in price $1, and there's another discount code good for the next 48 hours (expires 2012-09-08 or while supplies last)...

Memory Discount Promo Code - EMCNANC48 - 15% off ($6.60 in this case)

Which brings the new total down to $352.37



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Re: Core i5 combo now has $41.60 off with promo codes new [Re: krick]
#295363 - 09/09/12 04:17 AM


> Which brings the new total down to $352.37

Aw, you're just torturing me now.



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Re: Core i5 combo now has $41.60 off with promo codes new [Re: DMala]
#295367 - 09/09/12 05:12 AM


I still haven't purchased it either.

I just can't justify spending the money right now since I don't really need a computer upgrade. I also can't seem to find anyone selling the LGA 1155 mounting kit for my Thermalright HR-01 heatsink that I'd need to do the motherboard swap. I even tried emailing the Thermalright support people and asked if I could purchase it directly from them and go zero response. Bastards. See if I ever buy another heatsink from them.



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