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February 19, 2012 2:05:09 AM

ok, so as of now I am about to buy a Athlon II x3 3.1Ghz CPU because I currently have a Athlon 64 X2 3.0Ghz (OC) CPU and I wont upgrade my motherboard. the reason I am going with a triple core is because their is no other CPU's in stock that have quad cores and is compatible with a AM2+ socket from a reliable retailer(I only like to buy from Tiger Direct or New Egg, rarely Amazon). So after I buy this CPU I would like to know what GPU I could buy for about $100, no more than $120, that would use the CPU to its full potential for gaming. The graphics card must be better than my current GT 430, and have a HDMI and DVI/VGA port. I do not care if it is Nvidia or ATI.
Thanks~

Also if you can find me a better CPU than the one I have chosen, from a well known site, and is compatible with my motherboard, please do tell me.
My Motherboard (<.< mine is red and black though, not blue and yellow)

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February 19, 2012 2:15:25 AM

Pepto said:
ok, so as of now I am about to buy a Athlon II x3 3.1Ghz CPU because I currently have a Athlon 64 X2 3.0Ghz (OC) CPU and I wont upgrade my motherboard. the reason I am going with a triple core is because their is no other CPU's in stock that have quad cores and is compatible with a AM2+ socket from a reliable retailer(I only like to buy from Tiger Direct or New Egg, rarely Amazon). So after I buy this CPU I would like to know what GPU I could buy for about $100, no more than $120, that would use the CPU to its full potential for gaming. The graphics card must be better than my current GT 430, and have a HDMI and DVI/VGA port. I do not care if it is Nvidia or ATI.
Thanks~

Also if you can find me a better CPU than the one I have chosen, from a well known site, and is compatible with my motherboard, please do tell me.
My Motherboard (<.< mine is red and black though, not blue and yellow)



Hate to say it but do not waste your money upgrading. For the Time and money you are looking to spend you will notice marginal increases at best. Not sure what resolution you game on or plan to but a $100 card is not going to use the CPU to its full potential. To use most newer GPU's to their full potential you need 3.8 Gigs + from your CPU on four cores or you will have a bottleneck. Also you will not notice much if any difference going from 2cores to 3. I'd say hold off and upgrade to something newer when you can afford mid/high end parts.
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February 19, 2012 2:21:26 AM

I didn't say it had to be $100, just around or below it, just a graphics card that suites the CPU well. I plan on OCing the CPU to 3.3Ghz-3.4Ghz if that makes any difference. This isn't a heavy gaming computer either, its just for casual gaming at 1280x720. The reason I want to upgrade is because I have about $190 and I want to use it before its gone. I don't have a job and I am 17, so their isn't much I could do.

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Also, my old CPU and GPU will be going into my parents computer to help speed it up, because as of now it has a 2.4Ghz single core CPU and on board graphics.
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February 19, 2012 2:26:09 AM

I somewhat disagree. I don't see where he lists his current CPU, so I don't know how much a boost he will get with a x3. As for a $100 card I like the new 7750. Might be a bit much for an x3, but its a good card at a good price. Grabbing a 5770/6770/5750/6750 is also fine.
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February 19, 2012 2:50:55 AM

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February 19, 2012 2:51:46 AM

I decided to go with a 6750 :) 
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February 19, 2012 2:54:43 AM

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Better than the Athlon II, even at 2.5 Ghz and compatible with your mobo

If your power supply is marginal get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If its a decent unit get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Performance is similar with both (the HD 5770 is slightly faster).

For around $200 you can get much better performance from a new CPU/GPU combo. It would be like night and day compared to your current ones.

Edit: Spent 30 minutes researching for you and it appears you already are done. :(  You might want to keep a thread open a bit longer for more answers.
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February 19, 2012 1:50:52 PM

jeffredo said:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Better than the Athlon II, even at 2.5 Ghz and compatible with your mobo

If your power supply is marginal get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If its a decent unit get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Performance is similar with both (the HD 5770 is slightly faster).

For around $200 you can get much better performance from a new CPU/GPU combo. It would be like night and day compared to your current ones.

Edit: Spent 30 minutes researching for you and it appears you already are done. :(  You might want to keep a thread open a bit longer for more answers.

I am very sorry, I will leave this thread open as much as possible, I just had a limited amount of time, I would say I have 1-2 hours left before I buy it, I think I will go with your phenom, thanks :) 
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February 19, 2012 2:49:33 PM

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