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August 27, 2010 5:14:01 PM

I have the AMD athlon II X2 240 (2.8 per core). I was wondering if not having an L3 cache and a very small L2 cache makes a big difference in gaming and would I benefit from upgrading to a higher clocked phenom II dual core perhaps the 555 b.e.? Or would it be more beneficial to upgrade to something along the lines of a Phenom II X4 955 or 965? basically i have a am3 mobo, with 4 gigs ddr 2 800 ram and a gtx 260 core 216. Also I try to game around 1920X1080. Given all these factors what do you think is the most logical upgrade?

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August 27, 2010 5:24:08 PM

An upgrade to a Phenom II x2 555 3.2Ghz would be more of a sideways move.
Have you considered overclocking your X2 240?

What games are you using now... and wanting to try in the future?
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August 27, 2010 5:27:29 PM

Why not just overclocked your current CPU because that will be the same performance if you replace it with a higher clocked 555BE?

Your AM3 mobo runs DDR2?

To answer your question, if your doing more with your PC besides gaming ie, apps that are multi-threaded, your logical upgrade is the PII X4 955BE that will not only run on stcok voltage at 3.6~3.8 Ghz but also give you 4 cores.

Make sure your AM3 mobo supports the newer CPUs.
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August 27, 2010 5:29:38 PM

Here is the THG Gaming CPU Heirarchy Chart.
They recommend upgrading with a CPU that is at least 3 levels higher than the current CPU.
Going from X2 240 to X2 555BE would be a two level change. A Phenom II X4 940/945 or AthlonII X3 445 would be a 3 level change. Phenom II X4 955/965 would be a four level change.

What motherboard are you using?
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August 27, 2010 5:37:57 PM

WR2 said:
Here is the THG Gaming CPU Heirarchy Chart.
They recommend upgrading with a CPU that is at least 3 levels higher than the current CPU.
Going from X2 240 to X2 555BE would be a two level change. A Phenom II X4 940/945 or AthlonII X3 445 would be a 3 level change. Phenom II X4 955/965 would be a four level change.

What motherboard are you using?


also do you think having 4 gigs of ddr2 clocked at 667 mhz is holding back my game performance? and im not talking about just loading screens
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August 27, 2010 5:46:35 PM

I don't think the 667 RAM is a factor in overall performance.
The performance gain by even a small overclock would greatly exceed the small gain you'd get switching to 1066 RAM.

Do you know what revision your GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H is?
You can use the free utility CPU-z to ID the revision if you're not sure. Run the utility and look under the Mainboard tab. You should see the REV number out to the right of the Model number.
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August 27, 2010 5:57:50 PM

yeah i didnt think the ram was making much of a difference, in gaming that is, what would you recomend for an aftermarket cooler?
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August 27, 2010 5:59:12 PM

What case are you using? Want to make sure it will fit inside.
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August 27, 2010 5:59:37 PM

oh and as far as what games do I use, I would say mostly dx10 fps's such as ME:2, MW2, Fallout 3, Crysis, Borderlands, etc. I tryed mafia II and it ran pretty smooth.
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August 27, 2010 6:06:10 PM

Thermaltake V3 black its a decent sized between a full and a mid i think
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August 27, 2010 7:35:01 PM

Thermaltake V3 is a pretty good gaming case and it has room for most of the 120mm CPU coolers. It might be a good idea to add a front 120mm intake fan as part of your overclocking upgrade.

Depending on your overall budget and your CPU choice you have the option of the slightly less powerful 92mm coolers for around $30 to the 120mm coolers running $40~$50.


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August 27, 2010 7:49:34 PM

thanks a lot for your help I already have a 120mm in the front one on the side door, on on the bottom and two on top so i should be good thanks a lot
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