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September 8, 2013 4:15:51 PM

I have a computer that is about 2 years old. It is an E-Machines EL-1352.

Currently it has an AMD Sempron 150 CPU, running at 2.8 GHz.

The motherboard will take an Athlon II, and i can get either a dual, triple or quad core CPU that would work (AM3 socket).

I am just wondering if it will be worth it?

I have already maxed the ram on the mother board - 4Gm DDR3. And there is not really anything else that I can do to it.

I just slow down, or completely freeze up, if I have more than 2 or 3 tabs open when I am online.

So, what do you think?

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September 8, 2013 4:26:03 PM

An Athlon II or Phenom II would be a huge improvement over a Sempron. Athlon II is a lower grade than Phenom and personally I would recommend at least a Dual Core Phenom II for everyday tasks and a Quad Core Phenom II for gaming, rendering, etc.
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September 8, 2013 4:49:37 PM

+1 Any Athlon II or Phenom II would be a huge upgrade make sure you board supports over 95W CPUs before going with an Phenom 965BE though if it does its your best best.
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September 9, 2013 5:03:28 AM

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rolli59 said:
Get an X4 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-adx645wfk42gm What OS do you have 32 or 64 bit.


I have the 64 bit version.

What ram do you have? Since the 64 bit can handle 8GB or 2 x 4GB.
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September 9, 2013 5:05:07 AM

rolli59 said:
chrismcallister951 said:
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rolli59 said:
Get an X4 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-adx645wfk42gm What OS do you have 32 or 64 bit.


I have the 64 bit version.

What ram do you have? Since the 64 bit can handle 8GB or 2 x 4GB.


His board is limited to 4gb due to the ancient Nforce chipset.
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September 9, 2013 5:09:18 AM

OP, take a look at the motherboard front panel connector area inside your case. Is it a single connector or multiple ones? If it is multiple ones, you could easily upgrade your board and CPU with another motherboard of the same form factor. I have an old P4 emachines case like that and it is currently equipped with a Phenom II X2, 4gb ddr3, and an old HD 3870. I use it to watch netflix on my old 27" TV.
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