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What is a good CPU that fits the AM3 socket that would boost my gaming performance?

I have a CPU which is the AMD Athlon II X4 635 Processor 2.90 GHz and I want a new one. I need something that's fast and good for running demanding games like Arma 3 or DayZ. I need something that fits the AM3 socket and is $200 or less.
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  1. 965/975 BE, 1080/1100T
    Decent cooler, over clocked.
  2. Your not going to find much better in that package size. AM3 sort of got left quickly. Maybe a 6 core Phenom, but not a huge upgrade. AM3+ is where it's at. You could probably squeak out a 8320 or 6300 and MB for $200, providing your current board has DDR3 RAM.
  3. FadingWalnut said:
    I have a CPU which is the AMD Athlon II X4 635 Processor 2.90 GHz and I want a new one. I need something that's fast and good for running demanding games like Arma 3 or DayZ. I need something that fits the AM3 socket and is $200 or less.


    not much out there... the problem is ARMA3 and DAYZ are both poorly coded games that heavily tax modern haswell i7 cpus... let alone an old AMD AM3 socket.

    The best chip made for that socket was the Phenom II x6 1100T... new you could find them for $200; but they're only availible on ebay now... for $170-200 used. The 1100T could be overclocked pretty well, so with a good cpu cooler, and a solid motherboard you could get pretty good performance out of it.

    That said it won't be a huge upgrade over what you've got now.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $199.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-27 16:24 EST-0500)

    If you happen to live near a Microcenter, you can get this kind of combo for less.
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