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

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November 14, 2013 8:02:52 PM

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.

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November 14, 2013 8:23:25 PM

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.
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November 14, 2013 8:26:07 PM

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
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November 14, 2013 8:31:33 PM

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.
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November 14, 2013 8:35:14 PM

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.

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November 14, 2013 8:37:37 PM

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.
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November 15, 2013 1:34:51 AM

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
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November 15, 2013 1:40:48 AM

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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