Haven't jumped yet, looking at budgets, etc. I found I can pick up an Athlon II x3 for about 50 bucks.
Right now I'm running....
The above board
Athlon x2 5400+
Ultra LSP 650 watt PSU with 38 amps on the 12v+ rail
GTS 450 1gb
1tb Seagate Hard drive
I guess what I'm asking, to go from this chip to an Athlon II x3, would it be worthwhile? Pretty much if I grab an x3 or x4 this board is going to be maxed out as I save for another build later. For gaming, etc, would an Athlon II x4 really be that much faster or should I just grab the x3 and call this system good?
Only question becomes, I've still got the 5400+...will the stock heatsink on that cool one of these until I could get a better cooler?
Thanks for the help, according to the chart, looks like it would be a significant upgrade. I know I looked over on anandtech.com on their benchmark section and with an x3 there was like a 10 frame difference in some games.
The stock coolers that come with the Athlon II x3's are pretty small and simple. There just the classic AMD aluminum finned block with a fan on top so if you have a heatsink like that you should be fine.