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July 9, 2013 11:54:33 PM

I have a Gigabyte GA-870a-UD3 motherboard with a AMD Phenom II x4 965 processor and want to upgrade, I would go intel 4770k but atm money is tight, I was wondering if I can replace the phenom with a AMD FX-8350 because the motherboard/cpu I have is AMD3 and the 8350 is AMD3+? Also my little brother has a AMD FX-4100 and it's bottlenecking his GTX 660 ti ftw+ and was wondering if he could use my old cpu (x4 965) with his motherboard GA-970a and if it would help his at all?

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July 10, 2013 12:01:18 AM

Your motherboard will not support FX chips even with a BIOS update.

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p...

Your brother would be fine using your Phenom II in his board.
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July 10, 2013 12:20:34 AM

Thanks for the reply! Guess i'll have to spend some more money and get a motherboard too, Now the question is would the II x4 965 be an improvement over the FX 4100? Guess i'll look into amd motherboards, I wanted a i7 but it's alot more expensive for motherboard and cpu
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July 10, 2013 12:05:56 PM

The FX 4100 is a notoriously bad gaming CPU in most situations. The x4 965 is generally a better choice.

Check out an i5 if you are just using it for gaming. The Hyperthreading the i7 offers does help a bit in a very few games like BF3 multiplayer and Crysis 3 but the i5 is your best choice for a gaming CPU unless you have a pretty much unlimited budget.
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July 10, 2013 3:04:11 PM

Well I'll probably put off the cpu upgrade for alittle while than and go intel since I have to buy a motherboard either way. Probably black friday in november it should go on sale. My little brother can just get a FX 8350 on his current motherboard though right?
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July 10, 2013 4:12:56 PM

Yeah that's the one, Thanks for the help! All questions answered
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July 10, 2013 4:30:10 PM

Sure thing. Glad to help! :) 
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