Is my C.P.U the main bottle neck of my computer and will upgradeing to the new cpu i posted make it use it to the full exent and improve my performance at least 20-50% in games that recommend quad core
i currently have Athlon 64x2 5000+ 2.6 dual core am2 not even plus Q_Q so it doesnt benefit from the hypertransport 3.0 my motherboard has.
I plan on upgradeing to a amd phenom 9850 quad 2.5ghz am2+. Judgeing by benchmark on some places its like x2.5 more better than my cpu i just wanted to ask before i bought it.
Forgot to put in my other specs
650 watt power supply
9800gtx+ which i think is bottlenecked by my cpu
4gb of 800mhz ram
well the particuarly game im playing recommends quad core battlefield 2 bad company and all points bullentin the battlefield runs great but apb runs pretty bad. and i think you selected wrong cpu even tho its just a 2-5 decrease on most of the things there for the athlon one
Don't buy one of the old Phenoms. Get a Phenom II, they will work fine. While the Phenoms are faster mhz per mhz, what you really need is simply more mhz. If you drop in a PII at 3ghz or faster, you are going to see about a 30-50% jump on average in your frame rates, depending on what game you are playing. The big speed difference you will see is when you are doing something that can use all 4 cores of the Phenom II, like encoding. I would say encoding a DVD would easily be 2-3 times faster than your current CPU can do.
What resolution are you playing at?
It seems to me that the 9800GTX+ is not that strong of a card either.
Try these tests to see if you can properly identify your limiting component:
1) Run your games, but reduce the resolution and eye candy to a minimum. This will simulate what will happen if you upgrade to a stronger graphics card. If your FPS improves, it indicates that your cpu is capable of driving a stronger graphics card to higher levels of FPS.
2) Keeping your graphics resolution and settings the same, reduce your cpu power. Do this by removing the overclock, or by using windows power management to set a maximum cpu% of perhaps 70%. If your FPS drops significantly, it indicates that your current cpu is a limiting factor, and that a faster cpu would help.
my motherboard is limited to am2+ cpu so it has to be 9850 the 95watt verison or 920 or 940 but those are 125watt and im not sure if it will run on my motherboard a Evga 730a Nforce and i play at 1680x1050 and the particuarly game i play recommends quad core and is really needed as everyone with dual cores in that game has problems and according to the site my board can only use 920 and 940 with a bios update of the phenom 2 series still worried about the wattage. It Runs on Unreal engine 3 which from what ive heard is a cpu hog engine.And when i play the game the cpu is at 100% usage and never drops my video card on other hand is at 70-80% usage