CPU Upgrade Question

Hey guys,

I had a quick question regarding upgrading my existing AMD Phenom 9550 quad core 2.2ghz to a new:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103953

Here is my mobo specs:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&objectID=c01357135&prodTypeId=12454&prodSeriesId=3272

I'm pretty sure the wattage should be fine. I also see the socket type, according to HP, is an AM2+. So I'm thinking the AM3 would fit ok.

I just wasn't sure if there was something I wasn't aware of. I wanted to get a general consensus.

Thank you for any help!
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  1. i'd stick to the phenom if i were you.... Why would you want to change 4 cores to a dual cores?
  2. phenom 955 :P
  3. sorry phenom 9500..

    I wanted to upgrade because I feel like the 2.2 ghz might be holding me back on some newer games. I upgraded my GPU and it really didn't do much.

    I feel the problem lies within the processor.. Maybe someone could recommend a good budget quad core that would work with my Mobo specs?
  4. What's your budget?
    This link is a good start, you can compare the estimated performance for gaming:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-overclocking,3052-5.html

    Btw most games are usually gpu bound, so i was curious what's your gpu and the rest of the spec (esp. ram and monitor resolution)
  5. My budget is $75-$100 for a new CPU.

    My Mobo is a Asustek Narra 3 M2N68-LA
    specs here http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&objectID=c01357135&prodTypeId=12454&prodSeriesId=32721

    Current CPU - AMD Phenom 9500 quad core processor at 2.2GHZ (cannot overclock due to mobo/bios)

    5 gigs of ddr2 RAM

    GPU - ATI Raedon HD 5570 - 1GB (budget card I bought a few months back)

    I mainly want a CPU that would be an upgrade, but also compatable with this crappy stock mobo (I have the am2+ socket, but the wattage limits are pretty low). I read that upgrading a mobo would require a reinstall of the OS. I have no clue where my windows disk are.


    I was thinking of putting in an AMD athlon II dual core 3.4 GHz. I use my machine for some light gaming and thought the pure 1.2GHz addition might give me better performance on new games. I saw a few games only utilize two cores anyway.

    Link to CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103953
  6. Get a phenom 955!
  7. Mind listing what games you play? Your video card does not warrant heavy gaming, so there's possibility that your video card is the one holding you back.
  8. I play a lot of Starcraft 2 / some Skyrim / and will be playing diablo 3.

    a good example in Starcraft 2 is that I can 1v1 just fine. However, playing 2v2 up to 4v4, especially when a lot of things are happening / or a lot of units are in play I get choppier and choppier until going down to unplayable FPS.

    It happened on my old vid card which was a stock 256 mb. I upgraded to the current vid card ( card was mostly chosen because of the low power output on my PSU) All the recommended settings jumped from low to high, so I know the card was a good upgrade, but I still have the choppiness.

    That is why I feel the processor is to blame.

    I've already looked into overheating as a possibility and trust me I've cleaned the case/ detached heatsink and cleaned/ and put some new thermal paste on it. I also run CoreTemp which monitors the temp and it never goes about 40-50C under any load.
  9. newtotoms said:
    I play a lot of Starcraft 2 / some Skyrim / and will be playing diablo 3.

    a good example in Starcraft 2 is that I can 1v1 just fine. However, playing 2v2 up to 4v4, especially when a lot of things are happening / or a lot of units are in play I get choppier and choppier until going down to unplayable FPS.

    It happened on my old vid card which was a stock 256 mb. I upgraded to the current vid card ( card was mostly chosen because of the low power output on my PSU) All the recommended settings jumped from low to high, so I know the card was a good upgrade, but I still have the choppiness.

    That is why I feel the processor is to blame.

    I've already looked into overheating as a possibility and trust me I've cleaned the case/ detached heatsink and cleaned/ and put some new thermal paste on it. I also run CoreTemp which monitors the temp and it never goes about 40-50C under any load.

    Before you upgrade, overclock that cpu and see if you can get any real performance out of it
  10. I've gone into BIOS and there aren't any options for overclocking.. unless there is another way I'm not sure I can overclock it.
  11. does you mean 4v4 with AI or with people?
    Have you tried squeezing that much unit in 1v1 and see if it still run smooth?
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