Phenom II x3 720 BE-ASUS M4A78T-E Combo $180 AR

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Senior member
Feb 12, 2005
Newegg has a nice AMD combo deal, consisting of Phenom II 720 2.8 GHz with 3 cores, and ASUS M4A78T-E motherboard for $195 - 15 rebate and 2.5% CB (shipping is about $8).


This is a Black Edition AM3 Phenom II with unlocked multiplier (easily o/c'd beyond 3.4 GHz according to reviews).
The motherboard is based on the new 780GX chipset with integrated HD 3300 graphics and DDR3 support.

The best part is that many people have had success unlocking the 4th core with bios 1402 (also many reports of unlocking the 3rd and 4th cores when coupled with AMD x2 550 BE; but there's no combo dealof that CPU with the ASUS board).

Even though I've been an Intel fan for the last few years, and still want to upgrade to an i5 when it's out, this combo makes an excellent HTPC or secondary PC.


Diamond Member
May 29, 2003
I have the m4a78-e. They just released a bios (1201) that either elminates or greatly curtails unlockability. The previous two bioses, 1104 and 1101 were smooth as butter in unlocking. I suspect this board may have similar issues with the newer bioses... considering it's just a ddr3 version of the m4a78-e.

with that caveat, damn good deal.
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