CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 820
Motherboard - M2N78-LA (Violet6)
Memory - 8gb 1333 DDR3
Graphics - 6870 Radeon HD Black Edition
I'm looking to upgrade my motherboard and cpu at the same time to. I prefer Gigabyte motherboards and also prefer an AMD cpu
I DONT NEED ANYTHING TOP OF THE LINE, ONLY NOTICEABLY INCREASED PREFORMANCE!
Im looking at spending a max of $300 and get the most bang for my buck, or even save some money.
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In general, to see a significant performance increase, at least in gaming, you need to go up 3 levels on the chart. In this case that would put you on the Intel top level. However, if you have apps that could benefit from more cores, then the 8 core CPU suggested by nikorr would be a decent boost. Right now, that many cores have no influence on gaming.