Could someone tell me my bottleneck and what I can do about it?

Mobo: MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum/ K9N2 Zilent (MSI-7374)

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+

Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 580

Memory: DDR2 8 gigs

I think it's my CPU... What's the best CPU I can put in there? I saw the list on MSI but I've heard people putting even better CPU's in this board than the list says but needing to do something with BIOS.

This is for gaming by the way.

Would it make sense to build a completely new PC?
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  1. Yes its the CPU. I'd stick to whatever the list says. You might need to update the bios on the motherboard depending on what bios you are currently using.
  2. The 580 is still a good gpu. Maybe you can replace the mobo with a amd3+ one and update the cpu.
  3. According to the MSI support Website ( ) that Motherboard can support up to a Phenom II X4 965 or Phenom II X6 1090T CPU. You will most likely need to update the BIOS before installing one of those. That would help alleviate your bottleneck quite a bit.
  4. The phenom II 965 is the best you're gonna do.

    It will hold up pretty well with a 580. The DDR2, ancient chipset, etc aren't helping but they are minor compared to the CPU.

    Only other option is to replace the board memory and CPU.
  5. If I was going to do a new build and just keep the graphics card, what chipset should I look at?
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