First of all, hello - this is my first post on the Toms Hardware forums altho I am a long time reader.
I have been out of the PC components game for quite some time and I "reactivated" myself now because I bought StarCraft II yesterday and I am not really pleased with my PCs performance
I have a 9600 Phenom based PC (Agena 2.3GHz), 4gigs of DDR2-800, an Asus GeForce GTS250 1GB sitting on top of an Asus M2N32SLI-Deluxe mobo
Game is running fine and is playable, but its not as smooth as I would like it to be, I experience weird choppiness from time to time. I read somewhere on the SC2 forums that first generation Phenom processors ending in 00 will experience some problems with the game, so I decided to get a new one.
My budget is not really big at the moment, so I want to get a processor that will work on the M2N32. I saw that they updated the BIOS to support most of the Athlon IIs and Phenom IIs.
The new Athlon's caught my eye (X4 635 to be specific), but I cannot find any articles that compare those 2 (my Phenom and the new Athlons), they only compare new Athlons with new Phenoms.
So (FINALLY), my question is, can someone tell me which one would be better for SC2 gaming? I also read that SC2 loves higher clock speeds, but that is kinda unconfirmed
Are you asking me if I tried OC-ing the Phenom 9600? I havent. I am afraid because I have a 460W power supply Cooler master and This cooler which doesnt perform very good on CPU loads from what Ive read