I currently have an Athlon II x4 635 2.9GHz, and I'm looking at upgrading. Not sure which CPU is worth upgrading to for the next 1 year at least.
I saw a Phenom II x4 955 3.2GHz for $120. Is something like this worth upgrading to? I'm not too interested in OC'ing because I tried that out and didn't work so well for me (OC noob = instability and overheating). I just want a faster cpu which preferably draws about the same amount of power as the Athlon 2 I have right now (is that possible). Anyway, thanks.
Quite a bit if done right, my 3dmark06 score went from 17800 to 20000+ after changing my phenom from 3.2 to 3.6ghz ( and that's 0.4ghz) which ofcourse translates into framerates. It will vary alot depending on the app though, some may not show any difference at all.
Ok so I see now that's it's about neck & neck with my current athlon x4. I have a zalman copper heatsink/fan that I installed for overclocking. I tried it out and got to 3.2GHz, but the comp was blue-screening like crazy. I also managed to kill my graphics card back then, as well, cuz of the OC'ing.
I'm willing to try to OC again, but can someone point me in a good direction for a board like mine? I tried a few sites, and that led me to the situation I explained above. Otherwise, I'll look at an SSD like stardude said.
I think the Ivi bridge is out of the question. That'd mean having to get extra things - __ - I wish
Are you looking for better overall system performance or more FPS in games?
An SSD will be much more of an improvement on the overall speed feel and multitasking than a cpu upgrade would ( there is less room for improvement is what I mean, unless you're encoding or compressing lots of files or something like that). It will not give better framerates in games but the system will boot in like 10 secs, 3 secs shutdowns, everything will open hell of alot faster, etc.