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.
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
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.