I had a mid-low gaming rig built for me in 2010 or so:
I think the CPU is too slow for 2012 games and need professional opinions to upgrade the CPU.
I will buy a complete new system in 2 years time, so at the moment I cant really afford to change the GPU or motherboard and chip set.
(a lot of reviews say go for Intel I series, just cant justify buying a whole new system after only 2 years with the current one)
Windows 7 64 bit
Gigabyte 880gud3h Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X3 445 (bottle necked??) .. no OC, no 4rth core?
8 GB RAM
Ati Radeon 5770 cross fired
650 watt PSU
WEI gave me a 5.9 for my hard drive, so I will upgrade this...
all other stats were 7.3 or so .. not sure that is of any help.
My question is .. as I can mostly likely only upgrade the processor
1. is it worth it or is this system enough to get me by for 2012-2014 games.
2. if not than which processor will get me by
for the next 2 years ... the cheapest possible route please.
I don't need crazy perfect graphics .. playable is ok ...and 1280x1040 resolution.
Phenom series 1100t ..965...x4, x6 ??
its all really confusing ... and I assume that my board cant use the newer chip fx series ..
anyways and help will be appreciated ..i have done tons of reading and it has only confused me more, I am just not cut out for tech stuff ...
Actually right now my system is able to play games alright.. i just want to proof it for the next 2 years if possible.
I play skyrim, tribes, guildwars, CIV, global agenda, SMNC,
I was just thinking to upgrade the processor as I have heard/read that crossfire takes more from the CPU ... and I have a basic CPU ..was worried it was bottlenecking the system due to my processor....
If i can get by the next year or with what i have than that's great ..
In 2014 or maybe a bit sooner I do want to overhaul the system and get a mid-high range gaming rig 2000-4000 ....but until then I just want to make sure i can enjoy gaming on what i have GPU and mobo purposes.
Also i haven't tried graphic intensive games yet ..like witcher 2, Crysis , BF3 etc ... but I want to ... soon and will the system I have be enough for future games ...like these??
I wont be able to switch out the GPU and MObo as where I am living at the moment , i cant sell the older parts or trade them in for an exchange ...
so it either a little upgrade with the processor or the whole system change ..I will do a whole system change in 2 years time ... and if intel still has the lead on gaming reviews I will go that way, as well as one single GPU versus 2 weaker ones.
The 965 or 955 is what you would want to get then.
Do you have an after-market cooler ? You could get a hyper 212 if you don't and install that and then you can OC your new cpu a bunch too.
I'm really not sure you need to upgrade until 2014 anyways though. If you're not picky about settings and can get by, you kind of might as well. There is virtually no chance a new game not working on that system. It may have to be run on low settings at low resolution but that computer will run anything into 2014.
If you can get a 955 Black Edition or 965 Black Edition, you could easily overclock them to the same speed as the 980. The 840T and 850 are considerably weaker, as they have no L3 Cache, and actually should probably be called Athlon IIs.