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July 22, 2012 7:23:38 PM

Noob here, needing advice on a gaming cpu that is compatible with my seemingly ancient motherboard.
My current CPU is a AMD athlon x4 630 2.8ghz
Closest version to what i have : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So it requires a AM3 socket... and this cpu is 95W 45nm

My options are pretty much limited from what i could find, i want something MUCH better, like in the 200-400 dollar range...
I bought a 560 ti, but i can barely run games that are not linear (open world games like arma 2, and total wars)


Is there anyway around this other than buying a new motherboard, looks very confusing to totally take my pc apart.
July 22, 2012 8:33:15 PM

What is your motherboard? It's hard to say without that information. If you want to spend that much on the motherboard/cpu then Intel is pretty much the only logical way to go. Installing the motherboard is actually very easy, I recently did my first installs from scratch for a friend and myself and I was pleasantly suprised to how easy it was. Just make sure you do your research before you make the plunge!
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July 22, 2012 8:43:30 PM

Can you look your PSU model name? That way you could search if it has neccessary cables if you consider buying new motherboard and cpu for it. It should have, but if its very ancient like made in 2000 or before that, it might not have it. You can say the model name here, or you could check the wires yourself after finding motherboard for new cpu. You can also check it yourself too by googling the new motherboard name and then checking how many power cable pins the connector has, there is usually 2. One with 4 or 8 on CPU, and another larger one that has 24, after that you can shut down your computer and see if your current psu has one, its connected to the motherboard (or you could just google your motherboard name and see from image if it has 4 or 8 wires to it).


This image is large, so all modem users should be aware. Like this image shows P8z77-v motherboard that has 4 power connectors near the CPU:
http://www.decryptedtech.com/images/stories/Reviews/05-...

I hope you get the idea :) 
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July 22, 2012 8:45:49 PM

What board?
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July 22, 2012 11:24:23 PM

I have a corsair gs700watt psu. Its a mini tower so the wires + the massive 560ti gtx leaves almost no room, it is cramped to say the very least.

I found this info on the dell site on my pc
29X321ASSEMBLY..., CHASSIS..., PWA INTEGRATED..., POWER FACTOR CORRECTION..., 460W, 7100

5120P1Cord, Power, 125V, 6Feet, SJT..., Unshielded

X836K1TECHNICAL SHEET..., SOFTWARE..., FI-BACKUP-WEBSITE,
ENGLAND/ENGLISH...

01X7T1KIT..., DOCUMENTATION..., ENGLAND/ENGLISH..., SXPS, 7100, D/B

013230INFORMATION..., NO ITEM

6W19C1Assembly, Heatsink, Fan, 95W, Mini Tower

J661D1KIT..., MOUSE..., UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS..., LASER..., CONSUMER..., LOGITECH...

PG1M21Processor, X4, 630, 2.8, 512X4, 4C, C2

KMH7P1ASSEMBLY..., DVD+/-RW..., 16X, HALF HEIGHT..., BARE, HITACHI LG DATA STORAGE...

F77Y51Keyboard, 104, United States, Multi-Media, Black

1N7HK1Dual In-Line Memory Module, 2G, 1333, 128X64, 8, 240, 1RX8
TW1491Dual In-line Memory Module, 1G 1333, 128X64, 8, 240, 1RX8

J84611ASSEMBLY..., CABLE..., VIDEO..., LEAD FREE...
X6G6F1HARD DRIVE..., 500GB, S2, 7.2, SAMSUNG..., 3.5" FORM FACTOR...


Thats what it was when purchased, theres now 700watts of power and 8gb of ram.
Getting my pc out of its little spot is very hard and it really prefer not to until the time of upgrading, is there any other way of seeing the motherboard type?
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July 23, 2012 5:27:40 PM

You might see the motherboard model with program such as CPU Z or CPUID Hardware Monitor Pro
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