Buying a new processor

hello,
im planning on buying a new processor for my computer.
the one im looking at is an amd phenom II x4 965 black edition.
will this run with no problems on my current rig?

its an acer aspire x3400, it currently has:
athlon II x3 2.7
6gb ddr3 ram
sapphire radeon hd 5570 1gb
dvd/cd-rw
1tb hdd
220watt psu
win7 home premium


also is a phenom better than athlon for gaming on? not extreme graphics just good enough to play on.


thanks alot
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  1. yes it will work says it supports
    AMD Phenom™ II X4 quad-core processor (up to 3.40 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache, 2 MB L@ cache, 512 KB L1 cache)
    AMD Phenom™ II X3 triple-core processor (up to 3 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache, 1.5 MB L2 cache, 384 KB L1 cache)
    AMD Athlon™ II X4 quad-core processor (up to 3 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 512 KB L1 cache)
    AMD Athlon™ II X3 triple-core processor (up to 3.1 GHz, 1.5 MB L2 cache, 384 KB L1 cache)
    AMD Athlon™ II X2 dual-core processor (up to 3.2 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 256 KB L1 cache)

    link
    http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/desktop/2010/acer/Aspire/AspireX3400/AspireX3400sp2.shtml

    also, yes. the phenom IIs are better at gaming than athlon IIs. you can check out the cpu charts here on toms for numbers of how much by.
  2. lol cheers for that,
    i did look on acer support before i posted this,
    its just cos i got a graphics card aswell.
    and with 220watt psu i didnt know if it would work ok.

    anyway thanks alot
  3. Yes the Phenom II 965 will work.
    And yes the phenom is MUCH better in every respect, but depending on the price where you are, I do not think it is worth it.
  4. Your power supply is bare minimum at 220 watts. You may have to change it to run the phenom II. Use antec, ocz, or corsair, not a cheaper brand if you change it.
  5. marcd2011 said:
    lol cheers for that,
    i did look on acer support before i posted this,
    its just cos i got a graphics card aswell.
    and with 220watt psu i didnt know if it would work ok.

    anyway thanks alot


    You are already pushing it with the GPU, a processor upgrade are the least of your worries with the strain you are putting on that PSU.
  6. yes, it will support and compatible...

    Click and check your board specification:
    support.acer.com/acerpanam/desktop/2010/acer/Aspire/AspireX3400/AspireX3400sp2.shtml

    Also check amd phenom II x4 965 black edition specification:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2819

    Note: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE is the last limit of processor which supported by your motherboard (acer aspire x3400).
  7. You should change your power supply at least min 450w or 500-600w because having lower watt psu could be damaged your graphics card.
  8. thank alot for all this everyone,
    one problem i dont have a clue what psu to get?
    apparently its a small factor form?? or something like that
    and i dont know where to get it from lol
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