Looking for a CPU to increase gaming Performance.

So i just built my computer probably around three months ago. I had asked a friend who claims to know so much about computer. So i followed everything he had said in order to build a computer for games. At first it was fine. ALl the games i played ran just fine. However, some games now i have fps issue's, Such as GTA IV or Diablo 3. ANd many games that SHOULD run easily. I was told it was my processor and ram. Now im not very computer hardware smart. So im looking into getting a CPU at the moment. But i do now know which one to get. Im confused by everything. I don't wanna spend more then 200 dollars on a new cpu.

My specs are
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

And 4gb Ram. (2x2gb)

Also I am running Windows 7 home premium 64-bit

If someone can tell me what a good processor is for under 200$. For gaming, i would really appreciate it. If more info is needed. Let me know.
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  1. AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition $89.99
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo $27.99

    then learn how to overclock it properly and you'll be set for awhile. and yes your PSU can handle it and it's compatible with your motherboard.

    edit: start saving up $250-$300 for a better GPU.
  2. Thank you. very much
  3. you are welcome.
  4. if u want to stick with ur Motherboard, i would upgrade to the FX-4170 Quad Core chip which is somewhere at $125 i believe. For gaming, it does very well. You'll be able to Overclock that to 4.6 GHz which is no worries on the stock cooler for a 24/7 rig, but i would strongly recommend spending $50 or so on an aftermarket cooler. 4.6 GHz is the "sweet spot" for the Bulldozer chips.

    I use the FX-8170 and for gaming and production. Only reason i went 8 core is because i make video games and A LOT of the times 8 cores helps a lot when switching from program to program and constantly running renders. Don't listen to all the fanboys on both AMD and Intel. An AMD chip will perform just fine on any game. There really isn't many games that REALLY pushes CPU performance. A great majority of video games don't really focus on CPU performance but more on GPU performance. Most games will use the CPU just for running state machines for loading and unloading. So it only calculates the numbers while the GPU will render those numbers. In your case, Diablo 3 and GTA IV are games that are very vast when it comes to the environment, so it's always in constant load and unload of the next area. Games like SC2 or LoL won't suffer so much because everything is loaded before the game starts. Hopefully that helps you to understand why certain games hog up CPU usage.

    You might want to upgrade your ram as well. I say 8gb+ is safe. 4gb is bare minimum in my opinion and when it comes to games, sometimes RAM can interfere because it may not be sufficient enough space. Don't worry about the clock speeds of RAM. 1333, 1600, 1866, 2100... That hardly makes any noticeable difference. just stick with low latency ram, something like Kingston Hyper X or Corsair Vengeance. I haven't tried any G.Skill RAM but from what I've read, they do just as good.

    In a few months the Piledriver chips are coming out so if you can bare the wait, it should be about a 10% improvement on the current Bulldozer chips as well as their going to be better optimized for Windows 8 if you choose to switch. I would say buy one of those when they arrive.
  5. For games? It won't. Phenom 2 X4 965 it's a great CPU. Without mentioning it's cheaper.

    BTW, games like starcraft 2 suffer A LOT from cpu. Gaming with FX and Fx vs i3
  6. vitornob said:
    For games? It won't. Phenom 2 X4 965 it's a great CPU. Without mentioning it's cheaper.

    BTW, games like starcraft 2 suffer A LOT from cpu. Gaming with FX and Fx vs i3

    after 6 months it get tiring to have to explain to people that for 85% of the stuff out there FX are not desirable cpus . .
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