Best cpu i can get without upgrading motherboard?

Well right now i have a amd phenom x4 9150e at 1.8ghz.. its pretty slow when i run some games like skyrim and company of heroes and starcraft 2.. so i was wondering what would be the best cpu i could buy without upgrading the mobo??
i was told by a friend that the AMD Phenom II X4 840 would be a good choice. But also i was suggested the AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz.

what do you think about these choices? and any other suggestions are more than welcome. Id like to stick to newegg or amazon, as they are both very reputable companys with personal experience with.
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  1. What motherboard you have ?
  2. Oh, im sorry, I forgot to say what motherboard I have. According to cpu-z, its a pegatron narra3.
  3. Narra3 supports X2 up to 5600+ up to 89 watt Socket AM2 Processor (currently AMD Athlon™ X2 6000+) AND X4 up to 9600+ up to 95 watt Socket AM2+ Processor (currently AMD Phenom™ X4 9600+). Narra3 supports PC2-4200/PC2-5300/PC2-6400 4GB(32) 8GB(64). Pegatron is an OEM made by Asus. This is correct information, but because it's an HP you may need to ask them what the max CPU is for that system since there are many differences in board revisions and bios versions.
  4. ^Basically you cannot do Phenom II or the Llano CPU without a new mobo.
  5. am2 + mobo should be fit with phenom II X4 955 procesor..

    since mobo only rated 95 watt, please chose X4 955 95 watt then.
  6. Quaddro said:
    am2 + mobo should be fit with phenom II X4 955 procesor..

    since mobo only rated 95 watt, please chose X4 955 95 watt then.


    Being rated for 95w does not mean it will support a CPU. If the BIOS doesn't have the CPUs codes, it wont POST.
  7. if its an OEM version of a mobo for a computer like HP or dell than the chances of any CPU's that were not offered for your PC model to work are slim
  8. jimmysmitty said:
    Being rated for 95w does not mean it will support a CPU. If the BIOS doesn't have the CPUs codes, it wont POST.


    depend on bios update from the vendor..

    but okay, you're right..
    i think his board is common brand of am2+ board..like biostar, asus, gigabyte etc..
    but since it build up from dell or hp, there are very slim chance to have a new bios..
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