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Upgrade amd athlon x2 5000+ to a phenom quad? for gaming

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February 17, 2009 5:10:34 AM

would it raise my gaming times? will it help frames?

athlon 5000x2 3.0ghz
2gb corsair 800mhz
ultra ls 600watt
500gb maxtor
hd 3870 512mb
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February 17, 2009 5:39:38 AM

Yes it will raise the FPS but mayb not considerably...Most of the games are more GPU oriented(well almost all)
So having a more powerful graphic card will get u more FPS than having a more powerful CPU...
February 17, 2009 5:42:09 AM

well i have the amd 5000 right now and i only get around you think upgrading the card will help?
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February 17, 2009 5:43:42 AM

But then again make sure u don pair weak CPU wit a powerful GPU ...
Eg: Having a 4870 wit athlon 4400 or below...

But u can try adding more RAM..even that helps boost FPS...
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February 17, 2009 5:44:30 AM

which game are u talking about??
February 17, 2009 5:45:56 AM

crysis and gta 4 all at high settings max resolution 1440x900..
February 17, 2009 5:49:44 AM

i got my cpu at 3ghz if i upgrade to a phenom which one should i get..not looking to get the new ones out now..phenom 2's are nono rite now..
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February 17, 2009 6:47:52 AM

Well if u don go for the new phenoms, nt much worth upgrading then...But if u find any good deals, then its fine...Well my 1st try will be to add more RAM...sure u will see some its jus spending about $30 for more 2GB...
Well get tis phenom
February 17, 2009 6:54:28 AM

crysis more needs gpu than cpu, gta for needs both. Get 4gb RAM and overclock CPU as fast as You can. Then if/when You have money get new Graphics card. And olny then upgrade CPU or possibly CPUand m/b depending of the one You have.
February 17, 2009 7:28:14 AM

Yeah OC it if you can and put some RAM. If you want to get a new gfx card wait for the 40nm ones. For the CPU, don't buy unless you are going with phenom II. Phenom II is you only choice for AMD systems for a looong time it seems as the next arch 'Orochi' which is the long awaited Bulldozer is said to be released in 2011. Now I don't know if your mobo supports P II though. Now when lynnfield comes out (Q3 2009) and dual core westmere comes out (Q4 2009), PII 940 prices should go down (about $160 - 180 I guess...) so you can plan accordingly...
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February 17, 2009 11:21:50 AM

Your GPU is your biggest limiting factor right now.
Get a more powerful Graphic card, and overclock your Processor.

If you are thinking AMD Quad core, do not buy anything but a Phenom2, and wait for the soon to be released AM3 quads.
The current Quads won't help you much.
February 17, 2009 11:44:28 AM

The 6mb cache quads not the 4mb's
February 17, 2009 1:44:27 PM

well thanks guys..the mobo i have right now is the msi k2a9 cf v.2
February 18, 2009 10:07:55 AM

Well if you have a msi k2a9 cf v2 then yours might support Phenom II. There's nothing in it's product page ( ) but they have given a bios update in beta here ( ) and a reviewer in New Egg has got it to work after a BIOS flash .

But first of all you should OC, get cheap RAM and gfx card which I would recomment getting a good 40nm one with DX11 and OpenCL.
February 18, 2009 3:47:33 PM

if i get a hd think i will see a difference in gaming?
February 18, 2009 5:52:15 PM

Get an 4850 and 4 gig of memory! No reason to upgrade that processor until your video card gets upgraded again. Just those 2 upgrades and you'll see the difference for sure! HTH

I have the 4850 and up'd to 4 gig of memory, made a world of difference from 1950xt and 2 gig.
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February 18, 2009 6:31:03 PM

I would say your video card is holding you back. Crysis is a GPU killer and if you turned your video settings down some it would probably run smooth. Even the 3650 can run Crysis with lower settings.
February 18, 2009 6:39:30 PM

the thing is i wana use crysis and gta 4 on high without any think that if get the hd 4850 i can run gta4 smoother and like at 25-30 fps?
March 4, 2009 12:35:18 PM

AMD PHENOM 64 bits 9850 Quad Core 2.5Ghz vs AMD Athlon 64 bits 6500 Dual Core 3.2Ghz for gaming only...Mother Asus, 2gb ram/ PCI-E xt2600 256mb.
rfactor game :o