Hi I’m looking to make my pc a lot faster at the moment I have and AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core Processor 2.20GHz the socket on the motherboard is a AM2 I wondering what the biggest and fastest Processor I can get to this motherboard or if I should change it, the motherboard I have at the moment is by gigabyte is the S-series GA-M57SLI-S4 and supports a AMD socket AM2.
I have 5.00 GB or RAM Which are ddr2 the power supply is an Anermax Noise Taker II 600w and the graphic card is a Geforce 9600 gt512mb gddr3
If u can let me know what can I do to make this a faster or advise me what can I do I would appreciated thanks
You can put up to a Phenom II 965 in there. Pretty good compatibility for such an old board, with a BIOS update of course. You can also add another 9600GT and get some pretty good performance out of it.
I say ad a Phenom II 955 BE C3 stepping (cheaper than the 965 version and still overclocks well), an aftermarket cooler, overclock it, and add another 9600GT to run in SLI while you still can before they are all gone. Now that will give you a good upgrade as far as gaming performance goes.
*Note: If you install AMD AM3/AM2+ CPU on AM2 motherbord, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0(5200MHz) to HT1.0(2000 MT/s) spec; however, the frequency of AM3/AM2+ CPU will not be impacted. Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.
I’m a newbie this was me first desktop I build so if I choose to get a new motherboard and new chip and graphic card what should I go for I have 350 to 500 to spend and I want to buy something that will keep up whit new games that are coming out also I don’t know if I should switch to Intel but I don’t think is worth it do to the price AMD is a lot chipper and it seems to do the job. but idk that much about this I just want something that will wont lag and sometimes well let me do a bit of multitasking if u guy well help my I would appreciated so much and thanks for the other posts
In your place, I would spend $145 on a HD5750, which is a 3-tier jump, if your resolution is up to 1680x1050. If you play at 1920x1080, $160 for a HD5770 (4-tiers) might be better.
Install that, and see how your performance is. If it is good enough, you're done, for less than half your budget. If your CPU becomes a bottleneck, take a look at what Paul did with an Athlon II X3 in the $750 SBM article. Then get an AM2+ 770 board like this Asus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $80, and an Athlon II X3 440 for $85: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for a total cost of $325 + shipping - $10 rebate (if you play that game and win). If you'd rather be certain of getting four cores, then the X4 630 is $100, only $15 more.
I'd probably go with a 5770 anyway. (the last two cards I've had were 5 tiers or more below the upgrade.) You could also try to overclock that CPU. If you have room in the case for a cooler like the coolermaster hyper 212.