So, overall, not a big deal, but enough to be a minor annoyance. Would upgrading to a Phenom II X6 1055T be really noticeable? It’s got a lower clock but more L2 cache plus L3, and twice the number of cores.
The machine is an Acer X3400, and shipped with a bunch of different chips. Mine is Athlon II, but these are the Phenom II chips it originally shipped with:
I was thinking the 1055T instead of the 1065T simply because it’s only US$60 from a reputable eBay seller in Korea with 99.9% positive feedback. The 1065T chips available on eBay are $85-100 but from China from sellers with not as perfect feedback.
Anything I need to worry about? The motherboard is AM3. Both my current Athlon and the Phenom I’m looking at are 95 Watt TDP.