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AMD phenom 965 , only upgrade mobo and ram?

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August 1, 2013 1:18:09 PM

I'm about to order:

Arctic Silver 5 paste - $8
G.skill Ripjaw 8GB (2x4GB) - $62

need mobo also, < $100 that can OC into 4.2-4.5 GHz no problem, good stability. I can't afford to upgrade CPU at this time so plz dont recommend a build :D , just need a good mobo idea

I will be using this rig for ultra gaming single gtx 760 OC'd.
Running metro last light currently around 40-60fps ultra w/ Physx enabled but no SSAO. Crysis 3 runs on mix of high and very high well. BF3 getting about 50-80 fps.

I want to save some money and just upgrade my ram and mobo since I'm still running DDR2. Will i see a performance gain in going with a newer motherboard that can overclock my phenom 965 better than my current old mobo? also, the ram seems like a performance increase in going to DDR3 8GB vs my current 4gb DDR2


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my current rig is:

- Phenom 965 BE OC'd to 3.8 GHz (multiplier only)

- Gigabyte GA-MA790x-UD4P am2+

- 4x1GB G.Skill DDR2 RAM

- Gigabyte gtx 760 OC Windforce (OC'd on top of factory OC)

- Antec Earthwatts 650W PSU

-WD 150 GB HD

-Corsair H60 CPU cooler

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August 1, 2013 1:31:24 PM

the Phenom II's were very difficult to get stable over 4.0GHz so there will be no guaranty that you will reach your desired frequency. You will need a cooler and not the stock one to achieve this without over heating.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for the best results you should get the 990 series boards. but this one is in your price range and is middle of the road for performance/features for price.
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August 1, 2013 1:45:54 PM

Be sure to get a good aftermarket CPU cooler, those AMDs run hot especially when over clocking. Also a new motherboard will mean you need to buy a new version of windows if you are running with an OEM copy of windows currently. If your using a full retail version you should be fine, will still need to reinstall though.
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August 1, 2013 1:54:45 PM

Using more of a discontinued socket isn't a good idea. I went from a amd to the Intel I5 haswell, 8gb ram, ssd harddrive, kept my video card. MAJOR difference in games. Amd's best cpu is well below 20+ fps to even the intel I3 cpus. Not many games written to take advantage of the newest amd cpus. Just look at the benchmarks, there are some games that depend on the cpu.
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August 1, 2013 1:57:46 PM

burdenbound said:
Be sure to get a good aftermarket CPU cooler, those AMDs run hot especially when over clocking. Also a new motherboard will mean you need to buy a new version of windows if you are running with an OEM copy of windows currently. If your using a full retail version you should be fine, will still need to reinstall though.


I have a retail copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, will I be okay and not have to buy a new version of windows? JUST TO BE SURE xD
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August 1, 2013 2:01:47 PM

highc1157 said:
burdenbound said:
Be sure to get a good aftermarket CPU cooler, those AMDs run hot especially when over clocking. Also a new motherboard will mean you need to buy a new version of windows if you are running with an OEM copy of windows currently. If your using a full retail version you should be fine, will still need to reinstall though.


I have a retail copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, will I be okay and not have to buy a new version of windows? JUST TO BE SURE xD


You should be fine, it will just give you a message when you reinstall stating that the previous system you had it installed will no longer be 'certified' or something.
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August 1, 2013 2:02:52 PM

burdenbound said:
highc1157 said:
burdenbound said:
Be sure to get a good aftermarket CPU cooler, those AMDs run hot especially when over clocking. Also a new motherboard will mean you need to buy a new version of windows if you are running with an OEM copy of windows currently. If your using a full retail version you should be fine, will still need to reinstall though.


I have a retail copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, will I be okay and not have to buy a new version of windows? JUST TO BE SURE xD


You should be fine, it will just give you a message when you reinstall stating that the previous system you had it installed will no longer be 'certified' or something.


thank you :D 
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August 1, 2013 2:33:24 PM

make sure the motherboard supports 125W CPUs.
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