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#1 mozie

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:26 PM

So I'm planning on upgrading my CPU since the one I've got is kinda weak..


MOBO: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
Current
CPU: AMD Athlon II x4 640

It would be nice to just upgrade my CPU since I'm low on cash I can't afford cpu+ MOBO

Any CPU's that you guys can recommend?

#2 Mortiferums

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

Wait for the new lineups in Q1 2013, even if you wont like them, the current series prices will drop dramatically.

Unless you just have to get one RIGHT NOW, in which case, AMD is no go, so focus on the i series of intel, preferably i5 since they offer a good bang for your buck.

I myself would hold off and see the new offerings first.

Edit: nevermind, since you only want to upgrade the CPu, and the II series run on the AM3 socket, you're out of luck. Save up instead, it really isnt worth getting the ancient architectures anymore.

You'll be kicking yourself in the balls if you do.

Edited by Mortiferums, 20 November 2012 - 05:35 PM.


#3 Quaker

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:44 PM

You should be able to get any socket AM3 CPU. A Phenom II x4, such as the 965 (or better), would be an upgrade.

Edited by Quaker, 20 November 2012 - 05:45 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:49 PM

You could probably get a similar performance boost overclocking that Athlon IIx4 as replacing it with an non-everclocked Phenom IIx4 (which is roughly a 10-15% increase in gaming performance).  I'd spend $30 on a decent little cooler like a Hyper 212 (or Hyper TX3 if your case is small) and try to get a 400-600 Ghz overclock.  I have an Athlon IIx3 OC'ed from 2.8 to 3.4 and a Phenom IIx4 OC'ed from 3.2 to 3.6 so its a reasonable expectation. You are not going to get a super improvement with any CPU from AMD.  Intels best gaming CPU (i5 3570K) is roughly twice as fast as your current CPU.

Edited by dhatcher1, 20 November 2012 - 11:58 PM.


#5 Zerk2012

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:40 AM

View Postdhatcher1, on 20 November 2012 - 11:49 PM, said:

You could probably get a similar performance boost overclocking that Athlon IIx4 as replacing it with an non-everclocked Phenom IIx4 (which is roughly a 10-15% increase in gaming performance).  I'd spend $30 on a decent little cooler like a Hyper 212 (or Hyper TX3 if your case is small) and try to get a 400-600 Ghz overclock.  I have an Athlon IIx3 OC'ed from 2.8 to 3.4 and a Phenom IIx4 OC'ed from 3.2 to 3.6 so its a reasonable expectation. You are not going to get a super improvement with any CPU from AMD.  Intels best gaming CPU (i5 3570K) is roughly twice as fast as your current CPU.
I agree with this but not. You would need to OC it to pretty much to 4.0 GHz (and that's not going to happen and be stable) to match the performance of a AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103727
you can OC this to 3.6 easy with the stock cooler and with the L3 well nothing else needs to be said. On the i5 3570k I would still take the i5 2500k because you pretty much hit a heat wall on the IVY @ 4.4 unless you spend way to much on cooling and it's $20 or so cheaper.
(can be bought in store at a micro center for $100 right now)
For the OP you are at a dead end overclock wich will need a new cooler or upgrade to  better stuff wich will help but not alot.

Edited by Zerk2012, 21 November 2012 - 01:50 AM.


#6 dhatcher1

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:52 PM

I see the options like this:

$30 for an OC from 3 to 3.5 GHz =  about a 15% increase.
$100 for a phenom IIx4 3.2 or 3.4 GHz = about a 15% increase.
$130 for a Phenom + OC from 3.2/3.4 to 3.6-3.8 = about a 25-30% increase.
$350-375 for an i5 3570/2500 and Z77 mobo = about a 100% increase.





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