My system specs are
CPU ATHLON II 455 UNLOCKED 4TH CORE.
GPU HD 6850
RAM 4GB DDR2
Will the phenom ii improve my gaming performance on cpu intensive games. Some games i realize my cpu is bottlenecking my hd 6850 specailly on this res. For example saints row. I was getting the same fps no matter resolution.
i do plan on overclocking in the near future but i want to know as far as stock speed goes.
You wont be bottlenecking too much because the 6850 isnt that strong of a video card. A X4 965 will be a decent upgrade simply because of the L3 cache which will help in game. I went from an Athlon II X3 to a Phenom II X2 that was unlocked to a 3 core and picked up a decent bump in gaming performance. Wasnt night or day or anything but every little bit helps.
So bottom line is yes, a X4 965 will be a nice upgrade especially if you overclock it.
I'm rocking a am2+ board and i know for sure i can run this phenom ii. I always 100% sure something is capatable before buying. lol My machine is still a work in progress.
btw phenom ii support ddr2 and ddr3. I'm not quite sure but the old phenom's that use the am2+ socket didn't support ddr3.
I screwed up by not going to intel when i first build my pc knowledge wasn't that well when i decided to build a gaming pc and i made the mistake of not reading reviews and getting the best parts when i had the money, anyways I'm eventually buying a am3+ mobo and praying that piledriver is at lease halfway decent. Also the other reason i'm buying another mobo is so i can crossfire 2 hd 6850's. If AMD doesn't work out and piledrive I might eventually make the switch to intel but i rather see AMD kick up the compitition a bit and make pc gaming cheaper!!!! lol