Is my slow CPU causing my BSOD on startup?

I recently found out that I can upgrade my CPU to something faster, the reason why I'm upgrading is because every time I turn on my computer for the first time of the day, I get the BSOD it then restarts normally, and from there on everything runs normally, I can even restarts without anything happening. Only happens when I first turn on the computer for the day. I can run all games at max setting just fine, I'm thinking it might be the CPU so slow it won't keep up with my Radeon 6870. I have the latest driver installed for the radeon. Do you think my CPU is the problem? I'm thinking of upgrading my CPU with an AMD Phenom X4 955 or 965.

Heres my system specs:

Here's the the motherboard I have:

Stock system specs:

Base processor
Athlonll X2 255 (R) 3.1 GHz (65W)
4000 MHz HyperTransport 3.0
Socket AM3

Upgraded hardware:

GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6870 HD 1GB GDDR5

PSU: OCZ ModExtreme 600w modular.


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  1. It is not that the CPU is slow! (3.1GHz is not considered slow)
  2. ok, ive already did what you heres the file that are in red:

    atikmpag.sys atikmpag.sys+6f94 fffff880`04486000 fffff880`044d1000 0x0004b000 0x4ca29309 9/28/2010 5:14:49 PM

    dxgkrnl.sys dxgkrnl.sys+5d000 fffff880`044d1000 fffff880`045c5000 0x000f4000 0x4ccf7cb3 11/1/2010 6:51:31 PM

    heres a screenshot:

    as you can see it's happen every time i start up the computer.

    Thanks for your help.
  3. I know the first; its the ATI graphic card driver. The second is the DirectX system driver. So it LOOKS GPU related. Try a different driver? Could also be bad RAM, but if its consistently the ATI driver, probably not.

    What error code/message do you get when you BSOD? [EG: The stop code].
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