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Can I Upgrade My CPU With This Board?

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February 17, 2012 8:11:13 PM

here is my motherboard - ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 - AMD 880G - Socket AM3 - PCI-E 2.0

I have a AMD Phenom II X4 Quad 955 Core 3.2GHz Processor 4 x 512 KB Boxed - Black Edition

Can i get a faster CPU with this motherboard or would it be pointless? The CPU is overclocked to 3.8GHz and was thinking about getting rid of the motherboard and CPU in favor or a i7.

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February 17, 2012 11:46:46 PM

I checked the AMD website and your board can stay still on the same case by installing a Phenom IIX6 1100T(HDE00ZFBK6DGR),3.3GHz,125W,rev.E0,SocketAM3,6-Core

I am doing a build myself and I discarded the I7 from Intel simply because I am not calculating an orbit, I do not work on a Black Mesa Research Facility, Gaming is not THAT important and I am not trying to decypher the Human Genome.

So I decided to Buy a AMD+ with 8 cores. Because gaming is that important. Not I7 important. also... the price of an I7 is the price of excellent sound card or more storage capacity, or a monitor or something + something else.

I home this helps.

February 18, 2012 2:49:26 AM

If you will benefit from 6 cores (usually with content creation) then the x6 is a good upgrade, otherwise I would not upgrade. You have a fast CPU for a Phenom ii. I would not upgrade to Bulldozer, however, as in many cases performance is the same, if not worse than a Phenom ii x4. If you switch to Intel, you will need to get an i5 to see a noticeable performance improvement, the i3 and Phenom ii x4 are neck and neck.