Is this CPU upgrade worth it?

Could someone give me some advice on whether or not this cpu upgrade is worth it? I'm going from a AMD Phenom 9550 to an AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE. I have a GTX 260 core 216 so I'm mostly wondering how much of an FPS increase would I see? It's rather a big upgrade since I'll be changing mobo, cpu, and case. Part of the reason why I want to upgrade is because I would like to get better performance on the PCSX2 emulator. Personal opinion is very welcome. Should I just stick it out and wait a year or two for better cpus to come out?

Is this CPU upgrade worth it?

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  1. What resolution?

    First try to OC your current processor(It won't go much higher as Phenom I series were horrible Overclockers).
  2. It is absolutely worth it.. The Phenom II series is a great improvement over the initial Phenom line of processors.. Moreover the platform is touted to be compatible with AMD's upcoming CPU's which should keep you hooked up for few years to come..
  3. Here is a benchmark between the Phenom II X4 965 BE and the Phenom X4 9650
    (which was just slightly faster than the 9550).
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=23
    It's up to you if it's worth it.
  4. It's worth it. The Phenom 9xxx series are s**t, the Phenom II series are WAYY better, with 3x more L3 cache, 45nm tech, and are mad overclockers.
  5. Definately worth it you should see a pretty significant difference in performance. Now you might want to also look into maybe an I5 750 build which would be even faster.
  6. shubham1401 - 1920 x 1080

    If I went with an I5 750 build, It would cost more than this current AMD build right? The processor itself costs about $20 more and I'll also be loosing a 20$ combo deal. The intel motherboards don't seem to support ddr2 so I'll have to get more ram too.
  7. Get the 955 instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.461691
    save $20 with virtually no difference if you plan to OC.
  8. Oh wow your right. However, I've never OC'ed before. I'm scared I'll screw something up and blow up my cpu or something.
  9. Yeah... Get the Phenom II processor... You'll see pretty good boost indeed :)
  10. kamikaze205 said:
    Oh wow your right. However, I've never OC'ed before. I'm scared I'll screw something up and blow up my cpu or something.

    On your Mobo, just up the Multi to *17 and you have a 965, and the chances of breaking anything is close to zero.
  11. So I just want to make sure of something. All I have to do is up the Multi to 17 in the bios and that's it right? No need to tamper with anything else such as the voltage?
  12. kamikaze205 said:
    So I just want to make sure of something. All I have to do is up the Multi to 17 in the bios and that's it right? No need to tamper with anything else such as the voltage?

    For 965 speeds pretty much, you might even be able to run 3.6Ghz with out a problem.
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