Black Ops is out in a couple of weeks, and the required specs are a littler higher than most. In particular, they call for a 3-core AMD CPU. So I've been debating whether an upgrade of my CPU is worthwhile. Current system:
Basically, my question is - is this a worthwhile upgrade for the system? Or is some other component going to be bottlenecking anyway? Since the mobo only supports DDR2, I'm not fussed about socket AM2+ vs AM3 (and the AM2+ chip I linked to above is much cheaper since it's OEM).
You have a pretty old CPU, but I think you should still be fine. You probably want to upgrade the GPU before the CPU if gaming. You should OC the X2 a bit if you are CPU limited. What resolution do you play at?
For that price ($95.99) dang jump on getting that Phenom II X4 940 BE.
It's a steal and is definately a worthwhile upgrade.I do agree with others though about a GPU upgrade but I wouldn't miss out on that CPU.
if you want a real bang for buck chip like me (cheapskate) you should go for the Athlon x3 440-(£58.00) it overclocks to3.5 ghz easily and keeps up with most athlon x4's ,
but I personally think your system will cope with black ops , I have a 7750 in my bedroom rig and it seems to work very well with most games