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July 21, 2012 12:42:00 AM

I currently have an AMD Phenom 9500 paired with a HD 6670 DDR3.

Would I get better FPS in games with my current CPU, or with a Athlon II X3 450. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Thanks for taking the time to read my little question, and I hope someone out there can answer it. :)  :D 

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July 21, 2012 12:59:00 AM

Sorry to rain on your day but Phenom 1 era machines are not usually compatible with Phenom 2 unless your board supports it. If the board is AM2+ then getting a phenom 2 quad isn't going to be a problem. As for the athlon 2 x3/4 it isn't the best bang for buck for an amd system. The L3 cache sometimes gives it a little boost in gaming.
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July 21, 2012 2:32:47 AM

I can't really afford a Phenom II, what would be the best option under 100$ for an AMD board.
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July 21, 2012 2:35:50 AM

Have you tried overclocking the cpu that you currently have , sometimes the overclock will give you the performance boost your looking for. Since your locked into the AM2 socket motherboard the overclock is your only option outside of getting a new motherboard.
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July 21, 2012 4:44:28 AM

But my motherboard can handle AM3 cpu's. And my motherboard is very low end, so no overclocking for me.
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July 21, 2012 2:16:43 PM

Those boards do not come with anything else but the board and they are refurbs, I have bad luck with refurbs.
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July 21, 2012 2:24:56 PM

You can get a phenom II 945 these days for <100 bucks. They are not unlocked, but can be easily overclocked to 3.3 on stock voltages, and 3.6 with a good cooler. They are hard to come by now that they are all snatched up. If you toss in another 10 bucks or so, you can get a 965BE that is unlocked:

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46281&vpn=HD...

But if your board doesn't support DDR3, the performance gain will be limited. Although you can always upgrade board later on.
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