Hey everyone. I have a pretty dated motherboard which only supports socket AM3 (not AM3+) and I recently upgraded to a 965BE for $100 from a dual core Athlon x2 260. I know this CPU is pretty old but I decided to get it since theyre pretty much not on the market anymore. This seemed to be the best CPU for my AM3 socket aside from the Six core Phenoms. My question is did I get my moneys worth upgrading to the 965BE? I'm really not looking to upgrade my rig for another 2 years (aside from 8GB RAM). How long will this CPU last me from 2013 and beyond? Or would it have been a better idea to buy an AM3+ Motherboard with a FX-6350 for $180? How do those two compare in performance? I'm also pairing this CPU up with my GTX 660 so would i experience any bottlenecking in gaming? I mostly play Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3, Crysis 3, and BF3. Thanks everyone.
AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition 3.4Ghz
Asus M4N68T M v2 Motherboard
4GB DDR3 1333Mhz
EVGA Geforce GTX 660 FTW Signature 2
1TB HDD 7200RPM
Antec Basiq 500W PSU
Phenom can still push a Nvidia 660 without problem. The Phenom Architecture has 4 cores and the Single Threaded performance of the Phenom is still good enough. So, I believe it was the right choice for $100.
This build should last for 2 years without much problem. This rig can play games at 1080p high 30+ FPS.
If a build can play games at 1080p at good settings, then it is considered to be a good rig which your's is. Hence this would serve you fine for the next 2 years.
Just upgrade the RAM to 8GB, other than that everything is fine with this build.
If you have any other question, then feel free to ask.