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Worth upgrading an Athlon II 645 to a Phenom II 965 for gaming?

Would I see any significant performance increase from upgrading from an Athlon II 645 to a Phenom 965 in games? I currently have an AMD 7950 GPU that I formerly used to mine cryptocurrency but started using it to game with instead. However my Athlon seems to be holding it back a lot.

I cannot currently afford a new platform so I am limited to AM3. Would it be worth spending the $75 to upgrade on my limited budget or am I better off keeping what I have for now?

I am willing to OC the Phenom II. My current Athlon will not go over 3.4ghz no matter what I try.

Thank you!
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  1. yes..but not that huge.
    Athlon version lack of l3 cache, it's give a huge penalty to fps..

    965 version is much better..
    run it at 4Ghz, and you'll be fine..

    if you can afford x6 version, it'll better..

    But somehow, i think that you save should your money, rather than spend $70 for an old tech..
    upgrading both of your motherboard and processor is the best choice.
  2. Yes, you should upgrade your motherboard, I'd recommend an AM3+ and to buy an FX processor, but if you don't have the budget, then get a Phenom II
  3. Yes, it is worth the upgrade. Can you tell me at what price are you getting phenom II 965..???
    Because If it is nearly cheap to an fx 6300, I recommend you atleast get an fx 6300. As you know games are getting 8 threaded, it's not a good idea to buy a quad core processor unless it's atleast an intel i5.
    You can save more and get an fx 8320 and overclock it to get a performance similar to fx 8350. But unless phenom is really cheap considered to fx 6300 and your budget is less and you can't wait, it's a no go for phenom II.
  4. St0rm_KILL3r said:
    Yes, it is worth the upgrade. Can you tell me at what price are you getting phenom II 965..???
    Because If it is nearly cheap to an fx 6300, I recommend you atleast get an fx 6300. As you know games are getting 8 threaded, it's not a good idea to buy a quad core processor unless it's atleast an intel i5.
    You can save more and get an fx 8320 and overclock it to get a performance similar to fx 8350. But unless phenom is really cheap considered to fx 6300 and your budget is less and you can't wait, it's a no go for phenom II.


    The 965 is available for $75 currently which is about all I can afford at the moment. Ideally a platform change to a newer generation would be best but it is simply out of my price range.
  5. Keep what you have now, and wait until you can afford a AM3+ motherboard with a FX processor. You could even get a 4670k and a z87 motherboard. In the long run it will be well worth the wait.
  6. Best answer
    Baralis said:
    St0rm_KILL3r said:
    Yes, it is worth the upgrade. Can you tell me at what price are you getting phenom II 965..???
    Because If it is nearly cheap to an fx 6300, I recommend you atleast get an fx 6300. As you know games are getting 8 threaded, it's not a good idea to buy a quad core processor unless it's atleast an intel i5.
    You can save more and get an fx 8320 and overclock it to get a performance similar to fx 8350. But unless phenom is really cheap considered to fx 6300 and your budget is less and you can't wait, it's a no go for phenom II.


    The 965 is available for $75 currently which is about all I can afford at the moment. Ideally a platform change to a newer generation would be best but it is simply out of my price range.



    Then don't, wait some time, and when you save money around $200-$210 buy an 6300 and asus m5a97 r 2.0. They both approx. cost $208
  7. Baralis said:
    St0rm_KILL3r said:
    Yes, it is worth the upgrade. Can you tell me at what price are you getting phenom II 965..???
    Because If it is nearly cheap to an fx 6300, I recommend you atleast get an fx 6300. As you know games are getting 8 threaded, it's not a good idea to buy a quad core processor unless it's atleast an intel i5.
    You can save more and get an fx 8320 and overclock it to get a performance similar to fx 8350. But unless phenom is really cheap considered to fx 6300 and your budget is less and you can't wait, it's a no go for phenom II.


    The 965 is available for $75 currently which is about all I can afford at the moment. Ideally a platform change to a newer generation would be best but it is simply out of my price range.



    Then don't, wait some time, and when you save money around $200-$210 buy an 6300 and asus m5a97 r 2.0. They both approx. cost $208. Your gpu is strong wnough you only need a cpu which will not bottleneck it.
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