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December 11, 2011 7:49:47 PM

Currently using:

Asus M3N78-VM Mobo
Phenom I 9650 x4 2.3ghz
8gb ddr2 ram
Nvidia gtx 550 ti

I'm looking to get better performance for gaming (the old republic specifically). Is it worth upgrading my cpu? Looking at a Phenom II 965 x4 3.4 ghz black edition. To the best of my knowledge, this cpu will be compatible with my current mobo after updating the bios. Can anyone confirm this?

I don't really have the money to build a new system at the moment, so I'm hoping I can get a decent performance boost by dropping a $135 upgrade into it. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Phenom II x4 965 BE 3.4 ghz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Phenom I x4 9650 2.3 ghz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 11, 2011 8:16:54 PM

Thank you, I will go ahead and do this upgrade then. I'm convinced I have a severe CPU bottleneck going on in certain games, as lowering graphics settings doesn't seem to help FPS or performance, hopefully this will help.
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December 11, 2011 8:20:20 PM

It should, the slow clock of your first gen Phenom being the biggest issue.
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December 12, 2011 7:29:54 PM

The Phenom II x4 965 requires PCB 1.02G. Pretty sure the revision number is located under the PCI-E slot, but my video card is a major pain in the ass to remove in my case. I would like to avoid this if possible; is there any way to find the PCB revision via a serial number or any other means? I would really like to avoid removing the video card if possible.

I can get a Phenom II 940 or 945 regardless of my revision number, but they're difficult to find now at a reasonable price.

Also, the 955s under my Mobo compatibility list have some conflicting compatibility reports by PCB number. http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M3N78VM/#C.... Would be interested in a 955 also, but can't figure out if it's compatible or not.
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December 12, 2011 7:55:47 PM

The upgrade is definitely worth it.
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December 12, 2011 8:33:11 PM

adamb171 said:
The Phenom II x4 965 requires PCB 1.02G. Pretty sure the revision number is located under the PCI-E slot, but my video card is a major pain in the ass to remove in my case. I would like to avoid this if possible; is there any way to find the PCB revision via a serial number or any other means? I would really like to avoid removing the video card if possible.

I can get a Phenom II 940 or 945 regardless of my revision number, but they're difficult to find now at a reasonable price.

Also, the 955s under my Mobo compatibility list have some conflicting compatibility reports by PCB number. http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M3N78VM/#C.... Would be interested in a 955 also, but can't figure out if it's compatible or not.

It says that the 955 is supported by all PCB version but the 965 1.02 maybe CPu-Z will display your version. http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
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December 16, 2011 3:11:09 AM

I'd advise looking into getting an athlon x2 555 if you can find one for cheap. You can look at the parts number on it and most can unlock to 4 cores and overclock just like a 965 can.
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December 16, 2011 5:54:16 AM

Justin7771 said:
I'd advise looking into getting an athlon x2 555 if you can find one for cheap. You can look at the parts number on it and most can unlock to 4 cores and overclock just like a 965 can.

1st, there is no such thing as an unlockable athlon x2 555. Maybe you mean Phenom II X2 555. Yes it is unlockable but not in his motherboard... He is better off with a true quad core.
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