I'm contemplating an upgrade of my current CPU; a 4000+, Athlon 64x2. The upgrade is to allow my Civilizations V game to run more smoothly. My PC is mainly used for web browsing and web-based Flash games (see Facebook). I have a PS3 and do most of my gaming with it.
However, my 2.1Mhz processor is equal to the minimum requirements for Civ 5. I currently have 2GB of DDR2 PC2-5300 333Mhz Ram, which is also equal to the minimum requirement. This is going to be replaced with 4GB of DDR2 PC6400 800Mhz ram - which I've found for $100 CDN.
I've come across an AMD Athlon™ X2 7850 CPU for $56 CDN (before tax). This processor is 2.8MHz.
Here's a link to a comparison of the two CPU's on the AMD site. >>> LINK.
So, I have a few questions. Firstly, is the 7850's AM2+ socket compatible with my AM2 socket mobo? Is the upgrade even worth the cost? If so, is the swap something I could do myself? Would there be any BiOS settings that would need to be changed? I'm practically computer illiterate, and would like to know if I will need someone more experienced to install the new CPU.
I would just save up and replace motherboard memory cpu and video card.
you seem to have missed that your video card is about half as fast as the min requirement 9800gt
also that upgraded processor you linked is still about the min requirement.
your video card is outperformed by 50$ video cards.
your processor can be replaced for 100$ with one much faster if you also replace with a
motherboard for new processor + ddr3 memory
If you are interested in upgraded everything .. I can post a detailed recommendation and prices.
from say.. newegg.ca
It amazing how quickly the technologies/components become virtually obsolete.
I hadn't even considered that the video card was the problem. I bought it new about 2.5 years ago for playing WoW, when I was into that game. I did not think that CIV V was graphically demanding. I have set most of the "visual" options to Minimum or Low. Though most of the sluggishness of the game occurs when I'm waiting for the AI teams to finish their turns. Which is why I thought it may have been my processor that was the culprit.
I'm not interested in replacing the entire motherboard.
Perhaps I'd be more wise to invest in the extra 2 gigs of Ram, and upgrading my video card, and leaving the CPU alone - for the time being.
My PSU is a 500W Purepower 500 NP. I bought it when I bought the GeForce GPU.
I am wondering if I can get a AM3 socket motherboard, with an inexpensive CPU - yet maintain my DDR2 Ram.
I just bought the 4 gigs of DDR2 ram for this board. So if I can maintain that style, it wouldn't have been as much of a waste.
Malmental, when you mention the Brisbane 6000+ and 5800+, are those suggestions for possible upgrades?