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Looking for an upgrade for my Athlon 64 X2

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March 16, 2011 9:50:31 PM

My computer is several years old and I've had to replace several parts already to keep up with the increasing hardware demand placed on pc games. I was wondering if anyone could tell me where to find a good upgrade to an dual core Athlon 64 X2 4200+ socket am2 2200mhz.

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March 16, 2011 9:52:33 PM

you can try ebay and look for a cheap athlon x2 5600+ otherwise you will really need a whole new mobo+cpu+ram combo
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March 16, 2011 9:57:55 PM

If you are going for a phenom II x4 it depends on your budget, but you can find the 955 a a similar price tag. (I personally have the 965 but its a bit more expensive).

Your motherboard is probably am2+ so its going to (probably) be compatible with a bios update.
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March 16, 2011 9:59:22 PM

yes it is am2 940 pin. What do you mean probably?
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March 16, 2011 10:00:59 PM

I think it depends on your motherboard manufacturer. What mobo do you have?
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March 16, 2011 10:02:44 PM

i believe its an Abit KN9(NF-MCP55 series)
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March 16, 2011 10:04:51 PM

I want to replace as little as possible since I don't have that much money to invest in my pc. I've already put in a new video card, sound card, and a new liquid cooling system. So I'd like to keep my Motherboard if possible.


my full specs are

Manufacturer : CyberPower Inc
Mainboard : Abit KN9(NF-MCP55 series)
Chipset : nVidia nForce 570 SLI
Processor : AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ @ 2200 MHz
Physical Memory : 4096 MB (4 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3

and the primary use is mainly gaming.
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March 16, 2011 10:06:57 PM

what mobo do you have? is it a dell/gateway/hp, etc., computer or did you build it yourself? an AM2 mobo will not take AM3 CPUs. an AM2+ should
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March 16, 2011 10:12:44 PM

So It's really not worth to upgrade your cpu.
You could build a phenom ii x4 or x6 system cheap thou.
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March 16, 2011 10:24:45 PM

if its a cyberpower with a 9500GT, the PSU will need to go for more powerful cards outside of the ATI 5670
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March 17, 2011 12:31:09 AM

ct1615 said:
what mobo do you have? is it a dell/gateway/hp, etc., computer or did you build it yourself? an AM2 mobo will not take AM3 CPUs. an AM2+ should


An AM2 motherboard CAN take an AM3 CPU, it totally depends on the motherboard/manufacturer!
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March 17, 2011 12:56:44 AM

teflon2287 said:
An AM2 motherboard CAN take an AM3 CPU, it totally depends on the motherboard/manufacturer!


I wouldn't risk it, lol.
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March 17, 2011 2:40:56 AM

my pc originally came with an nvidia 7600 so i upgraded it to a 9500. I am thinking of getting a new 1gb video card. my psu is 500 watt. I was hoping to spend just a little over 100$ tops.
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March 17, 2011 12:23:08 PM

Your post is very useful malmental, thanks.

I was hoping to get as much bang out of my buck as possible, especially in times like these...Is quadcore out of the question for my type of motherboard?
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March 17, 2011 1:22:58 PM

The link I provided says its an am2 socket.
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March 17, 2011 1:29:10 PM

I see, thanks for the help Malmental...I guess I will settle for a new video card first off.
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March 17, 2011 1:32:06 PM

so with an AMD ATHL64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz would I see much of an increase in performance?
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March 17, 2011 8:25:33 PM

Get a new proc like phenom II and a new mobo that is AM3 and supports DDR2
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March 17, 2011 8:47:29 PM

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more than you would with your current chip, yes.
but you really want a brisbane chip and not a windsor, the 6000+ (3.0GHz) is a windsor and the 6000+ (3.1GHz) and 5800+ (3.0GHz) is the brisbane.

the windsor are power hogs, what is your current power supply.?
windsor's are slightly better for over-clocking but they are the older process(nm) chip.



My current powersupply is 500watt
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March 17, 2011 8:55:46 PM



since you are using an AM2 chip, it would be safest to get a processor of the same socket.

I would suggest getting an Athlon X2 6400+ It is one of the most powerful AM2 chips on the market and rivals many AM3 chips. The only problem with this is getting a hold of one. I got mine when it was still being made, but now it is very difficult to find one that isn't second hand. So far, I have found it is fairly good at overclocking, as I can get it to 3.5GHz on stock cooling, just in case you are interested in that kind of thing :) 

With all of this said, You may just want to cut your losses and get an AM3 motherboard and a new CPU (and RAM, guessing you are currently using DDR2 RAM). It will be beneficial in the future.
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March 17, 2011 11:57:42 PM

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6400+ (3.2GHz)


fix'd
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