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Q8200 to Phenom II x4 965 performance increase?

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August 11, 2011 11:06:50 PM

A few months ago I upgraded my GPU, PSU, and some other small parts. Now I'm looking to upgrade to Windows 7 along with a new CPU and Mobo. My current rig is outfitted with an intel q8200 and I want to replace it with an AMD phenom ii x4 965 BE, will I see a noticeable/significant jump in performance? Also this will be my first time crossing an AMD CPU with a Nvidia GPU, is there any issues crossing these two brands? I've been told I might have some unwanted effects but I'm no so sure I believe that.
August 11, 2011 11:41:21 PM

Forgot to mention this desktop is mostly for gaming (Sarcraft 2, Total War, Sims 3, soon to be SWTOR) and music.
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August 12, 2011 2:15:35 AM

Considering that the Phenom II x4 965 BE is a little over 1.0GHz faster then the C2Q Q8200, the 965 BE should provide a little better performance. The Phenom II X4 series is about as powerful as the 2nd generation C2Q CPUs (Yorkfield) on a clock for clock basis.

Not sure if it is worth justifying the cost of buying a new motherboard and RAM in addition to the 965BE.

The dual core Core i3-2100 can easily outperform the 965 BE in games. Therefore, I would go with that or save up a little more for a Core i5 CPU for even better performance.

AMD video cards works in nVidia motherboards. nVidia video cards work in AMD motherboards.
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August 12, 2011 2:20:37 AM

not enough of an upgrade IMO. Wait till you have enough cash for an i5 or wait till AMD bulldoser chips are released.
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