Hey I have a pretty basic ECS A780GM-M3 mobo, this is an AM2+. Looking to upgrade from a Phenom 8750 Triple-Core to a Phenom II X4 925. Would the performance boost be significant? I would be interested in an AMD X6 1045T but I can not find that CPU anywhere. Since it's AM2+ I need CPUs at 95W rating.
Or would I be better off scrapping and rebuilding a whole new pc with DDR3 AM3 and Phenom ii six core at the higher power rating?
Mainly looking to upgrade for more gaming fun, with Deus Ex and such coming out soon!
Yup that is my motherboard. Currently I have a PNY Geforce 9600GSO 768MB video card paired with it, I'm thinking of switching to a ATI 6770 1gb or higher card. Pairing this with a Phenom II X4 925 I'm hoping I can keep up with some newer games. I'm worried this motherboard's lack of using the faster six cores and DDR2 is going to hold me back or not.
The X6 would be bottlenecked by the rest of your system, and as others have said games really don't take advantage of the extra cores. Spend the difference on getting a better GPU and you'll make the most gains there. As long as you have at least 2 - 4 GB of system RAM, DDR2 vs DDR3 isn't going to make or break it.
If you're going to replace the mother board, RAM, and GPU you might be better served to wait until the AMD Bulldozer chips are out (hopefully) in the next month or two.
Maybe its my copy of windows, maybe wei is just stupid, but the cpu score stays the same at three cores on 2.9Ghz as it does on four at 3.2/3.3/3.5Ghz, meh, restoring my O/c cause it makes WoW better hehe