Cpu upgrade for gaming

wil this cpu be good for gameing Phenom X4 Quad-Core Processor 9950 Black Edition Boxed i had some one tell that it would not :fou:
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  1. better buy phenom II or core 2 quad 9000 series
  2. Like Master Pro said - the Phenom II would be a better option. I have a Q9550 and love it as well, but the older Phenoms are a little lacking (compared to the new ones).
  3. hell don't really want to waste any more money well how back is this cpu if it's that bad i should just save my money get a 7850 black
  4. Its not really a "bad" processor. The Phenom II's are just faster. Get one of those if you can afford it. If price is the issue, get the 9950 and make sure the motherboard you pair it with will support updates to Phenom II in the future.
  5. how about this one now i am not an hard core gamer
  6. I don't think that the 9950 BE is economically viable right now.It was last years top of the line AMD CPU.
    How about this instead.You can basically get the motherboard for free (if you send in the $15 rebate) and the current top of the line AMD Quad at 3.2 Ghz.Note the motherboard only has one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot but that's perfectly O.K. for a one card graphics solution.It would make a great budget gamer system.
  7. @superman1982 are you going to build the PC from scratch or you have an AMD mobo already ? If so, get the model number...

    And +1 for the Phenom 2 - Specifically the Phenom II X3 720, which am sure would be cheaper than the 9950...
  8. Don't get the 9950, please. It is not economically viable... because in the long run, you will be paying more for it due to its very poor power consumption levels. That cpu idle's worse than others load, along with being very slow and barely able to overclock. Not very impressive with games either. For the price of a 9950, you could get a Phenom II X3 720BE, 3 cores but 3 fast and efficient cores. Even with quad core enabled apps, this triple would probably still outperform the 9950, while using a lot less power, on both idle and load, not to mention it can oc very well. Very few games currently use 4 cores anyways.
  9. i have a compaq computer i really don't want to get a new motherboard i was hopeing that the motherboard could support other cpus the model is
  10. Nice find jj463rd - that's a nice combo. That'd be a good start to a nice machine.
  11. Well over at Compaq support it says that it supports the Phenom II CPU's (triple core and quad core).It doesn't specify which ones though and it's an AM2+ socket board.
    I would take care on choosing the CPU.A good choice probably would be the AM2+ 3.0 Ghz Phenom II X4 940 (since that was released a while ago) or perhaps the AM3 Phenom X3 720.Even so it's hard to tell.
    It says that it's a Pegatron Motherboard Model M2N68-LA which also is an ASUS made motherboard but designed for HP.Looking here
    http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx?SLanguage=en-us under M2N68 there is no LA modification to the model number but under M2N68
    some BIOS revisions for support of the Athlon X2 7750 were either 0416 or 0512.
    The Phenom II X4 940 needed the earlier 0416 BIOS so if I were to guess I would say that it's probably good without a BIOS update.The Phenom II X3 720 needs the BIOS revision of 0502.

    What you should perhaps also do is contact Compaq support and see if upgrading the CPU to the 3.0 Ghz Phenom II X4 940 would be O.K. just to confirm it.
    Otherwise you are taking a risk.


    Here is your desktops specifications


    So it says that it comes with this CPU
    Athlon X2 (K) 7550 2.5 GHz (95W)
  12. If it is true you have the Athlon X2 7750 already, you'll see very little improvement in games moving to a Phenom X4. Very few games can use more than 2 cores, and that Athlon uses the same core and architecture as the Phenom. You'll need a Phenom II if you want to see any noticable performance gains.

    What do you have for a video card? If your using the integrated than that is what you need to change to improve gaming.
  13. More and more games are befitting from having 3-4 cores, but I'd have to agree 7750 to 9950 is a poor upgrade for gaming. The Phenom II X3 720 is far better for that purpose. See this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-cpu-overclock,2304-9.html
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