I've recently been upgrading my computer and I've noticed that the performance hasn't really increased by much. I'm assuming it's due to my outdated CPU. After searching a bit it looks like I can't upgrade my CPU much due to my motherboard. Here are my specs right now...
Graphics: Hd 7850 Sapphire OC 2gb (new part)
PSU: Corsair GS600 (new part)
RAM: 8gb Patriot-S 1333 (2x4gb New part)
CPU: AMD Athlon II x4 640 3ghz (old)
Motherboard: ASUS m4a78lt-m-le (old)
I upgraded from a 550w PSU, 4gb ram and a Hd 5570, so I was expecting a considerable increase in performance in gaming, especially considering I only play at 1440x900. Unfortunately in games such as the ARMA 3 Alpha, my fps have only increased from 30fps average to 40fps average on low settings. Other examples include Guild Wars 2 having only a 5-10fps increase and Shogun 2 Total War having around 5-10fps increase.
Is it safe to say that this is being caused by an outdated CPU?
If so, is there a decent choice of motherboard and CPU that would be good for my setup for around $300 Australian?
According to this page http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M4A78LTM_LE/#specifica...
Can my current Mobo only use the CPU's that are specifically listed? I thought it was strange there wasn't a single intel CPU listed... It says it supports 95w and 45nm... Are those the only guidelines I really need, or do I strictly have to follow the 'supported CPUs' list? Thanks again!
Yeah sorry, I'm new to replacing parts in the computer, but I understand that now, thanks
Perhaps I'll just save up a bit more money and get something worthwhile in terms of the mobo and CPU.
For now I could always pick up a Phenom II X6 1075T (3ghz) or maybe a Phenom II X4 955 (3.2ghz).
Just to be clear though, would it definitely be my CPU that's causing my low frame rates in games?
Yes, you can add a Am3 processor and supports up to 95 watts, which means there are cpu upgrades you can do. however, yes you are still limited. If you wanted to update the cpu. which i think is def your bottleneck here. you could go with something like this. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...