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October 27, 2011 1:14:53 AM

I have a Asus Sabertooth 990FX mobo.What are lets say the top 2 AMD/AM3/AM3+ Processors?I will be playing Battlefield 3 mostly.I have an Athlon ii x4 645 now.And at times I get a notice saying 100% of atleast one CPU being used.Should I get one of the Bulldozer's?6 or 8 core?I also have DDR3 1333 memory.My mobo supports 1866.Should I upgrade the memory for high end gaming?

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October 27, 2011 12:18:43 PM

No bulldozer. It's a energy hog and is too expensive for what you get. Better to get an i5 1155 or phenom II six core.
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October 27, 2011 12:21:23 PM

Is your Athlon overclocked?
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October 27, 2011 12:30:42 PM

The top two AM3+ CPU's are now the FX-8150 and FX-8120. Both are Bulldozer 8-cores, and neither is viable for gaming (not for value-for money wise, anyway).

I'd get the Phenom II X6 1100T BE if I was you. Overclocking FTW, baby.

The memory upgrade will only help if you're running a CPU with an FSB speed of 1866, which means the new Bulldozer architecture. If you're not getting Bulldozer, there's no use in getting new RAM.
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October 27, 2011 1:11:03 PM

Newegg has a phenom II six core oem for $125 after promo code. It's apparantly unlocked according to some users.
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October 27, 2011 2:02:10 PM

No reason to upgrade the memory. Yes, the new memory would be faster, but in generally you'll spend a lot of money for no noticeable increase in performance.

I also wouldn't get a six-core processor unless you do more than gaming. You can get a X4 980 BE for less money with a higher clockrate than the X6 1100T. Most games (only game I know uses more than 4 cores is Microsoft Flight Sim) only benefit from 4 cores. If you overclock, you can get a X4 955 BE and overclock it up to (and maybe beyond) a X4 980 BE. However, considering Newegg's sale, I'd probably get a X4 970 BE for the guaranteed minimum speed and then overclock that.
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October 27, 2011 2:11:13 PM

i recommend you to go for i5 2500k with gtx 570 or hd 6950 i swear it will keep you much happier than bulldozer and pick ddr3 1600mhz no need to overclock it.
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October 27, 2011 3:24:37 PM

^ +1
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October 27, 2011 4:15:38 PM

His mother board only takes AMD CPU's.
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October 27, 2011 5:38:59 PM

First, try overclocking your 645. If it makes a difference, and is enough, then you're done. If it makes NO difference, your GPU is the bottleneck; what GPU(s) do you have? If it makes a difference, but isn't enough, consider the 970BE.
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October 27, 2011 5:50:51 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Is your Athlon overclocked?



No i'm not sure how to do that.Only thing i found I was comffy OCing was the memory from 1333 to 14 something.How do I do it?
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October 27, 2011 5:52:58 PM

Onus said:
First, try overclocking your 645. If it makes a difference, and is enough, then you're done. If it makes NO difference, your GPU is the bottleneck; what GPU(s) do you have? If it makes a difference, but isn't enough, consider the 970BE.



I have a Power Color 6970 OC edition
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October 27, 2011 6:09:23 PM

Well, your GPU is adequate for sure :D 

I believe the Athlon may only be overclocked only by changing the reference clock. I'm sure you'll be able to find more info on this site/google.
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