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Help needed deciding on a CPU.

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April 29, 2012 5:13:05 AM

Hello all, new user and what not. I'm not too familiar with hardware, and I've done countless research, but I always seem to second guess myself. I don't want to buy something if it turns out to be crap, and I find out I could have bought something better for 4-5 dollars more.

Anyway, onto my question. My current CPU is a AMD Athlon 64 x2. Not sure of the model, sure I could look it up easily. Here is some more info about my current pc. Keep in mind, this was not built for gaming. I'm adding parts to it as I go. I'd also prefer AMD, as Intel is a bit out of my range in terms of affordability. Especially since I'd need to buy a new MB as well.

HD: 500 GB (Again, not sure of the exact model)
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
PSU: 650 W
Case: Dell Inspiron 519 Case (ATX Micro MB)

(CPU I'm looking at:
(And this, is the new MB:

Now, I know, it's no gaming build. It runs most games on medium with lag, of course. What I'm looking for, is of course upgrading my CPU. I know it will be a big upgrade, but just looking to see how it would perform with games like Tera, Crysis 2, and..pretty much any modern game.

Any help is much, much appreciated.

EDIT: Oh, and just for the record I don't have much to spend. My limit is $180-$190

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April 29, 2012 5:34:29 AM

Oh, my bad. It was a Phenom II x4 965 Be CPU. Is that CPU pretty good on gaming, with fraps running?
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April 29, 2012 6:14:45 AM

You'd need to confirm that the mb they are sending you has a BIOS that can run an FX processor .

You'd also need RAM . The older DDR2 sticks you have are not compatible
April 29, 2012 6:21:40 AM

It seems they do, I checked the website. And I can wait a little longer to save up an extra $23/$24 for the ram.