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July 15, 2011 2:17:26 PM

Just a quick question for those with more experience: Can I or should I upgrade my CPU?

I just upgraded from an old nVidia 9800GT to a GTX460 (1GB) for better game performance, but should I upgrade my CPU as well?

I currently have a remarkably slow AMD Phenom II x4 running at a taudy 2.6Ghz. I know the AMD Phenom II Black Edition uses the same socket type and is 3.4Ghz out of the box. Should I upgrade the processor to black edition or just get a new motherboard for the set-up? (I was thinking of purchasing an AM3+ Mobo)
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July 15, 2011 6:11:01 PM

You have an hp or dell system? Can't change the board in those without effecting your windows coa. What is the current board model number? Does it list any upgrades?
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July 24, 2011 4:23:00 AM

It's an HP, not that old.

I tried, but I can't find a board model number. But it has a Phenom II x4 already in it, so I thought it would use the AM3 socket. Hence, upgrading to the Black Edition of the Phenom II.

But I realize that I would have to buy a new copy of Windows if I replace the MOBO.
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July 24, 2011 5:15:49 AM

Most probably your computer is slowing down due to malware or bloatware. In other words this is a software problem. I suggest reinstalling windows without making any hardware changes.
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July 24, 2011 10:27:09 AM

My computer isn't slowing down, but I would like more performance. Besides, I don't have a CD/DVD to reinstall Windows 7.
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July 24, 2011 10:35:11 AM

That cpu should be fine witha 460, i run a phenom I 9840 with a 460 and game without problems.
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July 24, 2011 11:20:38 AM

Download "CPU-Z".. Goto Google and search! Install and you can see all the components of ur PC! Including Mobo, CPU,Ram etc!
After that report here!
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July 24, 2011 1:17:32 PM

A SSD isn't gonna add any fps just speed up load times which is a waste of money, but waiting for bulldozer is a good idea. Usually retail computers are not made for upgrading, just a way to make you buy a whole new pc. But still check your motherboard model and someone can check if you can run the 955. If you want a performance increase, the intel i5 2500k would be your best bet for now.
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July 24, 2011 4:21:16 PM

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you could just tell us your PC make/Model and we could tell you your PC specs, but yeah a Phenom II 910e (2.6Ghz, its a 65W CPU so im not too sure if a 95W would work) should be able to handle a GTX460 1GB just fine. And yeah upgrading your mobo would require buying another copy of your OS. If you do plan on doing an Upgrade i would reccommend waiting will Bulldozer is actually released in a month or two, Since your current system is more than capable.

if you want a performance boost i would reccommend the OCZ solid3/Agility3 or the OCZ Vertex 3 series SSDs.

As far as the SSDs go, I'm waiting for more price drops. Otherwise, all they'll hold is the OS while a traditional hard disk would store the games. (Over $100 for a 60 GB on Newegg.)
My model is a Phenom II x4 910e. So it looks like a new mobo is in order.
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