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Conroe EX6800 vs Phenom II 965

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April 4, 2010 8:01:59 PM

Ok guys, currently I'm using this setup:

Core2Duo X6800 @ 3.4ghz
4GB of 4-4-4-12 DDR2 800
VisionTek Radeon 5850
evga 680i motherboard


The new setup I'm pondering would be:

AMD Phenom II 965
4GB of 7-7-7-20 DDR3 1333 (1600 if possible)
Same GPU
ASUS M4A78T-E motherboard (unless someone can show me a better one)

Now here's my question; how much of a performance increase will I really see here? I game mostly and would be willing to OC the hell out of the phenom.

Any motherboards out there for the AM3 platform that support ddr3 1600? I haven't been able to find any so far.

Main reason I'm wanting to upgrade is that I'm pretty sure my CPU and RAM are bottlenecking my new GPU. I've been out of the loop on hardware for a couple years and am just wanting some advise.

Thanks ;) 
April 4, 2010 8:16:12 PM

The 965 is not worth the ~$25 over the 955. Get the 955 instead. Spend the money on a decent HSF (read: CM Hyper 212+) if you don't have one already.
Performance increase depends on what games you're playing. If you play newer games, you'll see a decent boost in performance. If there's any bottleneck in your rig ATM, it's most likely from the dual-core.
There are plenty of AM3 boards that support DDR3 1600. I suggest this one. It supports USB 3.0 and SATA III and x8/x8 CF.
April 4, 2010 8:27:31 PM

For overclocking I guess I would go for the Asus M4A79XTD EVO but the one you mentioned is good too.

I don't think you'll get much more performance since in gaming the video card is much more important than the CPU and you already have a fast CPU. Upgrading to a quad will help you mainly in some newer games. And your RAM is actually faster than the DDR3 1333.

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