Im looking for a cheap CPU upgrade for my GTX660..

So I noticed my GTX660 gets bottlenecked by my AMD Phenom Q9950 Cpu..

In-games I get like 50-60% GPU usage..

My specs:

ASRock n68-s mobo. Supports up to 95W. AM2/AM2+/AM3
4GB DDR2 RAM
ASUS GTX660 Top edition.
AMD Phenom Q9950 @ 2.6Ghz.

I recently bought this GPU, and I really don't want to spend much on upgrades.. Or I could just be buying a new pc.. :P

And I don't have the budget at the moment.. I was thinking of a better phenom processor, maybe the 945? But I need some advise of you!!

An Athlon X4 640 maybe? :S

Thanks in advance :)
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  1. The 945 won't do it, I run one and it handles my 7770 quite well but the 660 is much higher up there. A Phenom II x4 965 will run you like $100 and it'll handle that card fine, you can even OC it if you'd want to because it has the unlocked multiplier.
  2. Hmm, I just noticed your board only supports 95w. That is a problem then the 945 is as high as you could go. But, I'd wait and buy a new AM3+ board and new RAM, then upgrade the CPU. Something is always going to be bottlenecked anyway so it might as well let it be your GPU for the time being.
  3. mace200200 said:
    Hmm, I just noticed your board only supports 95w. That is a problem then the 945 is as high as you could go. But, I'd wait and buy a new AM3+ board and new RAM, then upgrade the CPU. Something is always going to be bottlenecked anyway so it might as well let it be your GPU for the time being.


    Yeah :(, I kind of expected such a reply... What about Athlon 640 X4?
  4. You'd be better off just holding onto that money until you can afford new stuff, Christmas is coming anyway, you got that going for you.
  5. a phenom 945 would be better, but will still bottleneck that card. your best bet is to pick up a cheap intel motherboard and i3 2100. That would be the cheapest way to get good gaming performance without bottlenecking the vid card much.
  6. Ok thanks guys!
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