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July 1, 2013 1:38:54 PM

I have a m2n-sli deluxe motherboard phoenix technologies bios revision 1302(going to flash to new version) with a amd athlon 64 x2 6400+ cpu speed at 3.21GHz and a nvidia geforce 8500GT gpu. with 6gb of ddr2 ram.



what are my options for cpu and gpu upgrades? games are starting to run alittle slow. just downloaded warframe and it lags and is choppy on the lowest of the lowest graphic settings.

EDIT:If I was to go in with a new mobo as well what would be the best combo of mobo/cpu/gpu and ram

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July 1, 2013 2:08:00 PM
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gvfc2 said:
I have a m2n-sli deluxe motherboard phoenix technologies bios revision 1302(going to flash to new version) with a amd athlon 64 x2 6400+ cpu speed at 3.21GHz and a nvidia geforce 8500GT gpu. with 6gb of ddr2 ram.



what are my options for cpu and gpu upgrades? games are starting to run alittle slow. just downloaded warframe and it lags and is choppy on the lowest of the lowest graphic settings.


ASUS says your motherboard is AM2+ compatible:

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M2NSLI/

So, if you don't want to change motherboard/RAM, your best course of upgrade for the CPU is something Phenom II (AM3/AM2+), although you won't be getting the full performance on DDR2/AM2+, it'll be faster than what you have now.

ASUS doesn't specify how many watts the VRM on the motherboard is designed for, and the top of the line Phenom IIs are all 125 watts. If you can find a nice Phenom II 955, that's the fastest you can get on a 95 watt diet. Otherwise, the Phenom II 965BE is just 90 bucks or less.

HOWEVER, you might as well invest in a motherboard/RAM/CPU combo at this point. AM3+ boards are cheap, AM3+ CPUs are cheap (comparatively), and you might be able to get some money for your parts by selling them second hand. This is the best course of action, for eventual upgrades, or anticipating motherboard issues (happens as they age) for just a bit more money, depending on your financials.

As for GPU, whether you upgrade or don't, a GTX660 is a rather nice card for not a lot of money. For a bit less money and nearly equal performance, the GTX650Ti Boost edition is a good choice. These cards are on sale right now at a lot of places because the GTX760 just launched. If you want to try AMD, depending on your budget you can go from a HD7790 (faster than a non-Boost 650Ti) to a HD7850/HD7870 depending on your budget. But if you have the money, I'd throw it on the CPU/motherboard/RAM first.

EDIT: Your motherboard doesn't have PCI-E 2.0, so I'd look into the Nvidia solutions first for GPU, the HD7000 series (depending on the maker and the motherboard/BIOS) has troubles with PCI-E 1.1 and below boards.
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July 1, 2013 2:10:20 PM

Checking the Asus website, you can flash to the newest bios revisions and it will give you support for the AM3 processors, so probably the best processor/value would be to step up to the Phenom II X4 965 Black. It's not listed on the Asus compatability list but I imagine that was not updated after the release of the Phenom 945 that IS listed (this has happened to me on many of my older Asus mobos that have been updated recently)

The GPU upgrades are a little more limited since the pci 1.1 bandwidth would be completely filled with most mid-range new GPU's, a entry level new GPU such as a 650 ti boost would be about as much as the bus speeds could handle I think.

This one looks to be a pretty good deal and would put a pretty minimal load on your PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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