Upgrading my CPU AMD X2 BE-550 need help

Hello everyone, i would like an upgrade from my current CPU AMD X2 BE-550 to something better, im limited by the motherboard so my options are limited. This is my Motherboard - MSI 770-G45 and here is a link with what cpu supports http://www.msi.com/product/mb/770-G45.html#?div=CPUSupport

Please guide me to get a good procesor for gaming im considering atm AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.40GHz skt AM3 so around this price but i can squeze abit more money if there is something that is worth the money, also i forgot to mention my current CPU BE-550 is not unlockable i can only OC to 3.6 stable maybe abit more.
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  1. Get the 965 dude and over clock by 400MHZ on air will be fine.
  2. Thanks mate, but i did more reaserch and aparently i can get these two that are better then 965 but i don't know witch ones are better, im interested only for gaming

    1: AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.70/3.20 GHz skt AM3
    2: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition 3.0GHz box

    What shall i chose?
  3. Would the 960 not be a better choice, only 100mhz less but a 95w part instead of 125w.
  4. Gaming disregard the 1045T maybe 6 cores but low clock speeds compared to the quads.

    960T - Can OC nicely and may unlock to 6 cores (see my sig thats a 6 core unlock on a 960T @ 4 GHz on air)

    965BE - Easily OC's to 4.0GHz on air (in theory the 4 deneb cores in this can provide more grunt than 4 thuban cores in the 960T)

    Basically get either the 965BE or the 960T. They are similar enough that unless you want to take a gamble on getting 6 cores just buy whichever costs less.
  5. Maniakul said:
    Thanks mate, but i did more reaserch and aparently i can get these two that are better then 965 but i don't know witch ones are better, im interested only for gaming

    1: AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.70/3.20 GHz skt AM3
    2: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition 3.0GHz box

    What shall i chose?

    Use this to find out how much is the performance improvement of your options over the 550BE & see if it is worth the price you have to pay for a new processor.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/97?vs=102&i=2.5.3.4.6.25.26.27.28.29.30.31.32.33.34.35.36.37.38.39.40.41.42.43.45.46.53.54.55.60.61.62.63.64.57.56.59.50.49.48.47.44.58
    The 1045 & the 960 is not there but the 965BE is there.
  6. So what i understand if i want to have a good gaming experience i should go for 965 BE?
  7. either 965BE or the 960T

    Overclocked there will be little difference so just get whichever costs less.
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