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Wanting to upgrade CPU - Need Halp

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September 24, 2009 8:27:26 PM

My current build is:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.8GHz
ASUS M2N-SLI AM2 NVIDIA nForce 560 SLI mobo
ASUS EAH4890/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon
2GB Ram
PC Power and Cooling 500 watt PSU


I ran 3dmark06 and realized that I need a CPU on par with my ASUS 4890, any suggestions? I just replaced two XFX 9600 GTs with the ASUS 4890 and am debating if I should replace the mobo for one with an ATI chipset too.
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September 24, 2009 8:36:19 PM

Don't only use 3DMark to judge,check your FPS in games,have they become better compared to 9600GT?
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September 24, 2009 11:35:11 PM

haha oh yesss they have gotten better, not even comparable really. i haven't even overclocked the 4890 yet and its dominating anything i throw at it. i just have a huge ego and want a higher 3dmark score :) 
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September 25, 2009 12:25:58 AM

if thats an AM2 motherboard and not AM2+ you do need to upgrade the motherboard for a better processor.

if its an AM2+ motherboard you MAY be able to upgrade--farther research would be needed.

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September 25, 2009 7:38:15 AM

I don't recommend upgrading only for a 3DMARK score,if your FPS is good in games then no need to upgrade now,upgrade something when u don't get the performance u need
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September 25, 2009 6:28:04 PM

Yeah i must agree about the RAM,but for CPU if the OP plays lots of RTS games then its better to get a new CPU otherwise since most of the games are GPU limited mostly then there won't be any problems running them,it mostly depends on the games the OP is playing
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September 25, 2009 7:14:13 PM

Is this any help?

http://www.asus.com/Product.aspx?P_ID=FsG6bN2HsOMpwLxD

More memory will be useful as well, I would suggest getting a pair of 2Gb sticks rather than messing around adding two more 1Gb units. Unless you can source identical components, you could end up with an unstable system by mixing memory sticks.
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September 25, 2009 8:40:33 PM

rand_79 said:
if thats an AM2 motherboard and not AM2+ you do need to upgrade the motherboard for a better processor.

if its an AM2+ motherboard you MAY be able to upgrade--farther research would be needed.


It is ,,, I just sold the Asus M2N-E which was AM-AM2+ compatible,basically the same mobo [non sli]...:) 
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October 2, 2009 2:10:34 AM

alright, so i plan on ordering 2x2gb Ram from the egg. and i'm assuming that im gonna need a new mobo before i can get a new cpu?

also, i play a little bit of everything but i play Empire Total War quite a bit and sometimes get some lag even with my new 4890 so im guessing the CPu is definitely bottlenecking it
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