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Old 03-23-2010, 06:11 AM   #1
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Hardware upgrade

Hi,

I bought my pc about a year ago and have been playing Battlefield Bad Company 2 with about 25 fps in high mode.

Motherboard: AS Rock K10N78hSLI-GLAN
Processor: 3.27 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6000+
GPU: nvidea 9800 gtx

And was looking at buying this new cpu: AMD Athlon II X4 620 Socket AM3.

I have 2 questions...
1) Will the above processor be compatible with my current motherboard ?
2) Will the new CPU give me more of a performance upgrade ?

I appreciate any help that you guys can give.

Many Thanks,
George
 
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:17 AM   #2
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Or basically what is the best cpu I can get that is compatible :P
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:20 AM   #3
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Investing in a better GPU will yield more significant results than a faster CPU, I think.
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:33 AM   #4
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my initial response is no.

I dont think that will be an upgrade because the athlon II series, especially the 620 does lack L3 cache but it also has 2 more cores.

I just dont know if the additional cores pro will outweigh the lack of L3 con. Good question though...

I've heard you can overclock the 620 to hell n back though on air, so you can potentially end up with a mean quad core for a 100 bucks.

and according to this page, if that mobo model is right, you can handle up to am3 processors, probably just need a bios update.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.as...10N78hSLI-GLAN

good luck
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:39 AM   #5
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of course for 39 dollars more you can get this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103656

this is personally what I was going to get until the rumors of the amd hex core surfaced (I'm holding out from upgrading for the hex core)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...717&CatId=1946
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:40 AM   #6
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Great thanks guys.

I have just been looking around and I think I will invest in the:
AMD Quad Core Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 - Retail

Should give me a bit more juice and should hopefully up my performance.
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:41 AM   #7
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Here is the link: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/p...DZ965FBGI.html
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:22 AM   #8
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Great thanks guys.

I have just been looking around and I think I will invest in the:
AMD Quad Core Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 - Retail

Should give me a bit more juice and should hopefully up my performance.
The new CPU will give you quite a nice performance boost. Don't know how your 9800GTX handles the game, though.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:04 AM   #9
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The new CPU will give you quite a nice performance boost. Don't know how your 9800GTX handles the game, though.
Bah my motherboard dont seem to support that cpu

http://www.asrock.com/mb/download.as...LAN&o=All#bios
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:22 AM   #10
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Bah my motherboard dont seem to support that cpu

http://www.asrock.com/mb/download.as...LAN&o=All#bios
Seems not, but you can still get a Phenom II X4 925 or a X3 720 and you would still get a very nice performance boost And you board supports them.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:32 AM   #11
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Yeah I know, not the best quad core but I have just bought the Phenom II X4 925.

Thanks for all the help guys. +rep to all ya!
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:03 AM   #12
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9800GTX/9800GTX+ handles games VERY well, so best thing would be a decent CPU upgrade and perhaps a better motherboard if pricing allows it..
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