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Will a new cpu make a difference?

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April 17, 2010 11:37:25 PM

Hey,
I have a rig that has an old amd athlon x2 6000+ cpu, and when i run crysis i get audio stutters and physics lag, which i understand to be the cpu (correct me if i'm wrong) so, i ran resource monitor while running crysis, and if i watch it, one core peaks out and the other runs at 80-100%... will a cpu upgrade fix this problem? i'm thinking about and athlon 2 or phenom 2

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AMD ATHLON X2 6000+ @ 3.0GHZ
4GB RAM @667MHZ
500GB HDD
500W PSU
STANDARD HP M8200N MOBO
ATI HD5770 1GB

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April 18, 2010 12:34:05 AM

Yes, it will make a difference. I've got a fairly similar system (4800+ and 4870) and I too see the cpu bottleneck.

However, looking through HP's website it seems that the only compatible processors are..

* Socket: AM2
* Supports the following processors:
o Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology up to 5600+ (up to 89 watt)
o Athlon 64 less than 4000+
o Sempron less than 3800+

Might want to buy a new system or just a new motherboard/cpu combo.
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April 18, 2010 1:48:45 AM

are you sure? because i've got x2 6000+ in my rig right now... anyway, i was planning on getting a new mobo... but if i'm running a x2 6000+ does that mean i have am2+ socket?
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April 18, 2010 3:30:23 AM

Yeah I saw that too but HP's site said your exact computer was running that cpu and when i looked up the mobo, it said that 5600+ was the max, strange. I don't think you've got an AM2+
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April 18, 2010 7:17:21 PM

I recommend getting a true AM3 motherboard and using DDR3 memory instead of the slower DDR2 used by that motherboard.
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April 18, 2010 7:29:27 PM

uncfan_2563 said:
I recommend getting a true AM3 motherboard and using DDR3 memory instead of the slower DDR2 used by that motherboard.

The slight performance benefit would not be worth the expense.
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April 18, 2010 7:35:21 PM

enzo matrix said:
The slight performance benefit would not be worth the expense.

That's your opinion.

I think later down the line if he decides to add ram it will be cheaper with DDR3 because DDR2 is getting more expensive every month.
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April 18, 2010 7:44:25 PM

Martin 71 said:
Hey,
I have a rig that has an old amd athlon x2 6000+ cpu, and when i run crysis i get audio stutters and physics lag, which i understand to be the cpu (correct me if i'm wrong) so, i ran resource monitor while running crysis, and if i watch it, one core peaks out and the other runs at 80-100%... will a cpu upgrade fix this problem? i'm thinking about and athlon 2 or phenom 2

SPECS:
AMD ATHLON X2 6000+ @ 3.0GHZ
4GB RAM @667MHZ
500GB HDD
500W PSU
STANDARD HP M8200N MOBO
ATI HD5770 1GB


I had the exact same CPU in a rig and tossed in an Athlon II x 435

FPS increased in Far Cry2 by 30% (granted the game benefits more from multi-core)

the issue would be what your motherboard & HP BIOS allows for upgrades

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April 18, 2010 7:47:44 PM

enzo matrix said:
The slight performance benefit would not be worth the expense.

the expense would be roughly equal, AMD has some cheap AM3 mobo and DDR3 is not that much more then DDR2 800mhz
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April 18, 2010 8:14:39 PM

what're the advantages of a pure am3 mobo, and what're the advantages of ddr3 vs 2?
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April 18, 2010 8:19:07 PM

p.s. for a 15 year old kid price matters greatly... so price to performance ratio is probably where I'd want to be... I'm trying to sell this pc right now... and if I do then I'll probably be able to swing a pure am3 with ddr3 and phenom 2 but... I'm not sure yet
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April 18, 2010 8:31:35 PM

Martin 71 said:
p.s. for a 15 year old kid price matters greatly... so price to performance ratio is probably where I'd want to be... I'm trying to sell this pc right now... and if I do then I'll probably be able to swing a pure am3 with ddr3 and phenom 2 but... I'm not sure yet

I hear ya, i'm 16 ;) 
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April 18, 2010 8:43:06 PM

ya I read all these forums about people talking about their i7 builds and crossfiring the 5970 and I just sigh and check my bank balance... ugh
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April 18, 2010 9:34:23 PM

Martin 71 said:
p.s. for a 15 year old kid price matters greatly... so price to performance ratio is probably where I'd want to be... I'm trying to sell this pc right now... and if I do then I'll probably be able to swing a pure am3 with ddr3 and phenom 2 but... I'm not sure yet


purchasing a few hundred dollars worth of computer parts in order to play one $20 game that is poorly coded is not worth the investment.

the athlon 6000x2 is a solid gaming CPU and the 5770 is a good card. You can still play any of today's games on good settings minus one (which you can always adjust the settings in)
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April 18, 2010 9:44:06 PM

can anyone tell me if it's worth getting a pure am3 mobo?
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April 18, 2010 11:02:09 PM

its worth in the long run, yes

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April 18, 2010 11:18:04 PM

how much of a performance gain are we talking about here?
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April 18, 2010 11:48:21 PM

I think you should go with a pure AM3 board with DDR3.

If you look at it in the long run, if you buy DDR2 now, with an AM2 board, when there are getting phased out at the moment, you will be spending more money in the long run.

I would save up a little more and def. atleast get an AM3 board with DDR3.

I mean, atleast an Athlon II x4 etc....

I was running a Core 2 Quad 8200 on the LGA775 socket (which there phasing out at the moment) with 4gb ddr2 and really was pissed that the new i5 and i7 sockets are 1366 1156 and everything is moving towards DDR3.

So I went and Purchased a Phenom II x4 965 and ASUS M4A79XTD EVO and 4GB DDR3 G.Skill 1600.

Those three items were around 400$.

I would def. get the AM3 and DDR3
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April 19, 2010 12:36:42 AM

Martin 71 said:
how much of a performance gain are we talking about here?


it would allow you to use faster RAM and its main gain would be an expanded life-cycle for the motherboard
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April 19, 2010 7:19:50 PM

the new board is ddr3 and ddr2 capable, and it supports 1600 mhz ram... I don't think that the bang for the buck would be that great with another as i don't have the cash to buy ddr3 ram, am3 cpu, and a new mobo right now.
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April 20, 2010 9:54:44 PM

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