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New cpu - good choice?


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JoJoTime

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Im looking to get an AMD 64 5600+ X2. I have a 430 W ThermalTake PSU.
Do you think this is a wise choice to buy one? as in, should i wait a bit for prices to come down or such?
and will my PSU handle this extra power?
I currently have an AMD 64 3800+.


Please tell me if you need any more information, thanks.

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What type of board do you have? If you don't know then you can download Everest Home Edition here: http://www.filehippo...d_everest_home/. Run the program and listed under either summary or "motherboard" tab will display the type of motherboard you have. Pending compatability I recommend the 6000+ because it is only about $15 more the 5600+ and will make it more worth it to you to upgrade. Prices on the AMD are already very low with the cheapest X2 now under $200. Unless you are running a mid to high range video card your current PSU should be fine.

Edited by Titan8990, 01 September 2007 - 08:07 AM.

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My board I have is an ASROCK AM2NF6G-VSTA.
The reason I dont want to buy 6000+ is the wattage difference of 35 watts from 5600 to 6000.
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Lets see how close you are to overloading your PSU now. Use this calculator: eXtreme Power Supply Calculator. See how close you are with your current set up as well as with the 5600/6000+ CPUs. Unless you have say a 7800 GT or an ati 1650pro I don't think that PSU is going to be much of an issue but we will see.

Your board is socket AM2.

Edited by Titan8990, 01 September 2007 - 08:20 AM.

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Ok, 287W for current setup. (Gfx card is Nvidia 7900GS)
415W With the 5600 Dual core!? wow!
Do you think I should upgrade my psu?
because after I get a new cpu I wont buy any other hardware for a while..

Edited by JoJoTime, 01 September 2007 - 05:11 PM.

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Yes, that it is definatly cutting it much closer than you would want. I recommend atleast a 550w PSU.
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Do you recommend any 'cheap but reliable' brands?
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This was the cheapest 550w I could find without getting into the real generic brands: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817171016. Either the Coolermaster eXtremepower series or the standard Thermaltake series will be your best bet here. The Thermaltake version was about $10 more than that Coolermaster but judging from the reviews it probably runs quieter.
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Thanks for all the help.
I was recently able to contact a friend who is a computer wizz and he said that I should really get a 6400+ and a new psu (just like what you said).
Do you think I should get the 6400+ with it's 'more unlocked' multipliers than getting a 5600+? I heard that it's much easier to overclock it up to 3.7ghz whilst still being stable!
Is it a better bargain?
Tigerdirect - AMD 6400+ Black Edition
Maybe I should wait a while?
Please give me help. Thanks so much!

P.S. I'm going to get a psu of about 600W or more which is about 145 dollars.
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I'm going to stick by my suggestion of the 6000+: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103773. It is considered the "best bang for your buck" in the AMD line ATM. I don't think the 6400+ is worth the extra $100. If you plan on overclocking you should definatly look into an aftermarket cooler. I would have a look around your BIOS as well because ASRocks aern't known for being good overclockers.

You can wait if you would like but I was going to get a E6550 for a friend and a week later it was $20 more. Prices don't always just go down...

What power supply are you looking at?
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Im looking to get this PSU: ANTEC 550watt NEO H.E PSU Ver 2.2
I'll probably wait until about christmas for the prices to go down on the cpu (hopefully)
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I just want to say something, coolmaster PSU are ok, but the one that was suggested had a 70% maximum efficiency, 16A on each 12V rail, only one PCIe connector, the warranty wasn't even listed, and no over/under voltage features were listed which are key in preventing fires and frying of internal components.
You'd be much better of with a PSU like this one.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371001
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My objective was to find something as cheap as possible that would not blow his board up. If you look at the post above yours he had selected a high quality Antec simular to the one you just suggested.
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Mines 10$ more after mail in rebate :whistling:
James

Edited by james_8970, 04 September 2007 - 07:03 PM.

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$10 more? From what I can see it is actually $30 cheaper after the rebate: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817103941

Edit: With that rebate it is even cheaper than the 550w version of the same class: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371002

Nice find.

Edited by Titan8990, 04 September 2007 - 07:11 PM.

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