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November 10, 2011 12:05:13 PM

Okay, so I was doing some research on my motherboard the other day after a fresh install of windows. I was on the Asus website and in the bios section of downloads they have a bunch of updates for a new list of supported cpu's.

http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/list.aspx?SLanguage=...

So basically today what I am going to ask is if it is actually worth upgrading the cpu on this motherboard.

Current Build is as follows.
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ (2 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
4gigs of G.Skill Gaming ram
H.I.S. HD Radeon 4670 1gig
Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
Antec 500watt PSU

I am on a limited budget as I am sure numerous other people are. If it would be worth upgrading to one of the higher caliber cpu's on that list I would be inclined to do so.

Any advice would be welcomed.

Thanks in advance.

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November 10, 2011 1:07:50 PM

What is your budget?

What is this build primarily used for?
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November 10, 2011 1:10:24 PM

well, I have 2 pc's with identical setups, and budget is at most right now about $300 between the two. Times are tough but we game as a hobby instead of the bars or movies.

So gaming is the use. $300 budget.
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November 10, 2011 1:25:14 PM

With a $300 budget, you are probably better off with upgrading components over a new build. I'd look at a GPU upgrade.
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November 10, 2011 2:02:54 PM

Of the compatible CPUs on that list that are available, the Athlon II X3 445 is probably your best bet: It is $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could upgrade the GPUs to 5670/6670s as they are also around $75, but it would not be a huge upgrade from your current 4670 (the 4670 is roughly equivalent to the Nvidia GT 240 in this graph: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533... )

If you can swing an extra $50 (to $350 total), a 6770 would be a much more worthwhile upgrade: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($100 each after MIR) and allow you to get the Athlon II 445 as well.

If you just go the GPU route, you can get a 6870 for $150 after MIR, or a 6850 for $150 before MIR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, I don't know whether these may be bottlenecked by your current CPU, maybe others will have an idea about that.
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November 10, 2011 2:04:50 PM

chesteracorgi said:
With a $300 budget, you are probably better off with upgrading components over a new build. I'd look at a GPU upgrade.



I agree. You will see the greatest "gaming" performance increase from a graphics upgrade.

Your CPU is old and could definitely use an upgrade too, but for budget sake, the upgraded graphics would be the most bang for your buck.
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November 10, 2011 2:10:07 PM

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However, I don't know whether these may be bottlenecked by your current CPU, maybe others will have an idea about that.


I am the same way. I don't mean to Hijack this thread, but if anyone knows of an article that discusses bottlenecking Please post a link.

But yet again, I agree. If your current CPU can handle the 6870, that would give you the best performance increase. If the CPU cannot handle the 6870 though, then personally I would just wait til you have more cash to get a Phenom II CPU + a HD 6870. (Strictly personal preference)
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November 10, 2011 2:14:42 PM

Doing some more looking, alternatively you could begin upgrading your platform for $159 per unit.

$68 AMD Athlon II X3 450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$68 GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$24 G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A little later you could upgrade the GPUs, rather than doing it all at once, and this would allow you to upgrade to Bulldozer/other AM3+ CPUs further down the road.

If you took this route total upgrade cost would be $500-$600 after upgrading your GPUs down the line. $300-$320 now on platform, and $200-$300 later on GPUs.

Just another option to look at to extend the life of these systems (AM3+ is key to this strategy).
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November 11, 2011 1:05:15 AM

Man you guys are completely awesome. Thank you so very much for everything.

I think at this point this is the most cost effective way for me to improve upon my wife and I's gaming hobby.

Again, I thank you all.
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