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Is this worth the upgrade for my CPU

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February 28, 2011 5:28:40 AM

I have an amd athlon x4 630 2.8ghz, looking to upgrade to a Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4ghz for 150 dollars. Is it worth the money to go from 2.8ghz to 3.4ghz. Will I see a noticable difference?

I'll be using this to play games like crysis 2 and bad company. I m also running radeon 6950 at the moment, and I don't want to waste money upgrading my CPU if there are minimal difference. Any inputs would be appreciated. Thanks!

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February 28, 2011 5:43:55 AM

If your primary usage is gaming, then no it's not worth it.
Most games are GPU limited,so upgrading the CPU from 630 to 965 won't give you a huge difference in performance.
February 28, 2011 5:54:53 AM

Maziar said:
If your primary usage is gaming, then no it's not worth it.
Most games are GPU limited,so upgrading the CPU from 630 to 965 won't give you a huge difference in performance.


Thanks for your response! great answer, I guess i'll hold off on the upgrade for now. Base on what you said, since games relys more on GPU, what case would be a good reason for me to upgrade from 630 to a 965? and is that extra + .6ghz even a big jump?
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February 28, 2011 8:11:37 AM

Get a decent CPU Cooler and overclock your CPU and you will be fine
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February 28, 2011 10:40:36 AM

dog321 said:
Thanks for your response! great answer, I guess i'll hold off on the upgrade for now. Base on what you said, since games relys more on GPU, what case would be a good reason for me to upgrade from 630 to a 965? and is that extra + .6ghz even a big jump?

Getting 965 will help you in tasks like PS,3Dmax(mostly image/video editing software) also it helps in games that are CPU limited(they're few compared to GPU limited games) such as
WIC,GTA IV,Prototype etc.
As AstroTC mentioned,adding a CPU cooler will help you a lot in OC'ng your X4 630.
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