For Gaming which one is better??

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Hi i am planning to change my phenom x4 9550(2.2ghz)to any of the processors given below which you all will advice.

1)Phenom 2 x2 555(Black edition)
2)Athlon 2 x4 630
3)Phenom x4 9950

And i want that cpu only which will support my old motherboard.
cuz i dont wanna change it atleast not for next 6months(so pls dont advice)

My Motherboard M2N68-AM
And its not am+ so pls suggest only that cpu which would support this motherboard.

My Configurations are:---

Mobo:-- M2N68-AM
Current CPU:-- Phenom x4 9550 (2.2ghz)
Ram Type:-- 2GB DDR-2 (800MHZ)
GPU:-- Sapphire Ati radeon hd5670 512mb
Bios:- 0313
PSU:-- ATEK 600WATTS
STORAGE:-- 500GB+320GB=820GB

AMD ATHLON-2 X4 635 2.9GHZ/2GB DDR-2 800MHZ RAM
SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 5770/XP SP3 & WINDOWS 7
M683-S2P/Still AMD is a king....

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Please provide a full product name for your motherboard.

Out of the 3 CPU's you listed, definitely the Phenom x4 UNLESS, your motherboard supports core unlocking. If so, get the Phenom x2 555. Reason? That CPU is known for its awesome ability to be unlocked into a Phenom x4, so u get the x4 for cheap.

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Motherboard ASUS M2N68-AM

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Pretty old motherboard, personally I'd do a quad core if your gaming. If not than do the dual core. Your motherboard might bottle neck a bit. But that will do.

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Pretty old motherboard, personally I'd do a quad core if your gaming. If not than do the dual core. Your motherboard might bottle neck a bit. But that will do.

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so u are saying my mobo will support phenom ii x4?????????????????

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Yes, it supports all AMD CPU's. You can get a AM3 cpu, and you should because its the new line of cpu's and when you upgrade the rest of the system, you wont need another CPU.

** You will need to update your bio's for AM3 Support **

Your motherboard page: http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=2UWzsrOiRbMPGYpw

To find the update, on that link go to cpu support list, find the NEW cpu you are going to buy or have already bought, get the bios update for it.

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i tried to update my bios my downloading bios , when i tried to flsh it with ez flash it restarts and searches for bios, what should i do?? should i look for professional help??

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and yeah that means....after updating bios i can also install phenom 965(125watts) too???

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Yes, it supports all Phenom II ( 125 watt ) If you buy AM3 (and you should) you just gotta do a bios update. Thats all you need to do to get it running.

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i am on tight budget this month so i can only buy a processor and 2gb extra ram. Thats why i dont wanna buy new mobo(and moreover for my dad its just a wastage of money) cuz am3 boards they support ddr3 rams so that means i would have dump my these 2gb rams first.
so i will take little time and then buy it(for my dad its all kiddish thing)

i dont overclock...cuz i never tried :P

so just want a powerful cpu, i might go for phenom ii hexacore also....but no mobo change this month :(

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Simple as this, if you're gaming... get the quad core, if you're not, go for the dual. ( the 555 is known for easy core unlocking and high success rate, most new motherboards even have a feature in the bios that does it for you, something to think about with the future in mind) Id personally spend 60 bucks and get the quad, and maybe unlock it to 6 cores down the road, if and when you get a new mobo.

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could you please tell me the performance difference in margins :--- phenom 9550 vs athlon ii 630???

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Thanks all, i bought athlon ii x4 635

the only thing remains is to update my bios.

but i am finding it hard to do so.