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Is Phenom x 3 2.1 ghz good for gaming?

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I am upgrading the video card amongst other things. Just wondering if it is necessary to change the Processor?
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  1. if you don't want to change cpu, and if your motherboard allows cpu overclocking, you could try overclocking the phenom x3.
    what are your pc specs?
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    A gaming PC with a mid to upper mid-range gaming video card needs at least a dual core CPU running at 3ghz to manage most modern games at anything over low to medium settings. More cores is always beneficial, but you really need to hit that 3ghz mark, or better.
  3. ^Agreed. You're going to want at least two cores at 3ghz or higher in order to get decent performance. After that, the more cores you have, the better.
  4. jitpublisher said:
    A gaming PC with a mid to upper mid-range gaming video card needs at least a dual core CPU running at 3ghz to manage most modern games at anything over low to medium settings. More cores is always beneficial, but you really need to hit that 3ghz mark, or better.


    Won't happen, couldn't you have figured this is a older 65nm Phenom 1 8xx0 series. They are all stock at 95w except for the E versions that run at 65w. OP might get 2.4ghz or so.
  5. A new cpu and a new board.
  6. nforce4max said:
    Won't happen, couldn't you have figured this is a older 65nm Phenom 1 8xx0 series. They are all stock at 95w except for the E versions that run at 65w. OP might get 2.4ghz or so.


    I think you are misunderstanding, I was not at all implying that he could do anything more with the POS he has now, I was implying he needs to start over with something completely different.
  7. nforce4max said:
    A new cpu and a new board.


    If it is a AM2+ socket motherboard it should support a AM3 cpu. Would just have to check compatibility beforehand and check what the maximum wattage is of the motherboard
  8. de5_Roy said:
    if you don't want to change cpu, and if your motherboard allows cpu overclocking, you could try overclocking the phenom x3.
    what are your pc specs?


    My current specs:

    Acer AX3200-U3600A

    AMD Phenom X3 8400 2.1 GHz

    8200 Nvidia intergrated Graphics

    Windows Vista 64

    4 GB Memory

    500 GB HDD

    High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

    220 watt power supply from Acer


    New Upgraded Specs:

    Diablotek EVO Mid Tower case w/4 fans

    AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2 GHz (If I have to change, this maybe the processor I will go for)

    ASUS ENGTX 460 TOP overclocked Graphics Card

    Windows Vista 64

    4 GB Memory

    500 GB HDD + 1 TP external HDD

    High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

    600 Watt power supply from Inland (Gold Series)

    I have not decided on which motherboard yet. I did think about overclocking the current processor but the current MB does not allow it.
  9. get a better psu, more quality rather than watts.

    I'd recommend the 6850 as it is more power efficient than the 460 oc and ussually cheaper while being about the same performance.
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