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FM1 socket, upgrade cpu or get new motherboard?

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December 29, 2013 2:38:23 PM

I have a Holly AAHD2-HY motherboard with an FM1 cpu socket. From what I've read, the FM1 socket has basically been retired. The best cpu i can fit in it seems to be an A8-3870K (quad core 3.0ghz). I want to be able to put a decent discrete gpu card (like a gtx 760) in the computer but i'm worried that even upgrading to the 3870k will still cause bottlenecking. i guess what i'm wandering is whether going ahead and getting the 3870k will be worth it as far as gaming goes for at least a couple years. i dont have to have all my games on super-ultra-real-life-can't-touch-this settings. but i do like to have at least mid-range settings. upgrading what i have is easily the cheaper option but i dont want to waste money if its not going to be able to keep up with games that come out a year from now. so how good of a gpu can i get that won't be bottlenecked by the 3870k? what about crossfire with the apu's built in 6550D gpu? i've heard mixed reviews on crossfire. Some say it works great, others say it doesn't work at all.
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December 29, 2013 8:11:44 PM

What´s your current cpu now?

If you don´t want the highest settings the it will suffice, especially in not cpu bounds games but maybe it could be a little bottleneck on that card, crossfire with apu only works with hd 6650/6670 cards so with that you won´t be gaming for that much.
December 30, 2013 2:06:29 PM

pit_1209 said:
What´s your current cpu now?

If you don´t want the highest settings the it will suffice, especially in not cpu bounds games but maybe it could be a little bottleneck on that card, crossfire with apu only works with hd 6650/6670 cards so with that you won´t be gaming for that much.


what i have now is the A6-3650 (quad, 2.6ghz). what i have has been fine so far. only held back i think by the built in gpu. but with the latest games coming out the build is only starting to meet the minimum requirements and im thinking that the 3650 would likely bottleneck the gpu i want.

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December 30, 2013 9:13:30 PM
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Crondus said:
pit_1209 said:
What´s your current cpu now?

If you don´t want the highest settings the it will suffice, especially in not cpu bounds games but maybe it could be a little bottleneck on that card, crossfire with apu only works with hd 6650/6670 cards so with that you won´t be gaming for that much.


what i have now is the A6-3650 (quad, 2.6ghz). what i have has been fine so far. only held back i think by the built in gpu. but with the latest games coming out the build is only starting to meet the minimum requirements and im thinking that the 3650 would likely bottleneck the gpu i want.


Upgrade and if anything happen just overclock the processor.
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