What would be a decent & cheap upgrade for me?

So this is what I have:

AMD Phenom Q9950, @2.6 Ghz + ASRock n68-s mobo.

What would be a pretty cheap and decent upgrade for me? As you may have noticed, this is a pretty old cpu and mobo:P

Intel or AMD? And what mobo would you recommend with it? And I really can not afford very expensive hardware at the moment.

I'm using an ASUS GTX660 Top. (Replacing cpu because I get bottlenecked)
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  1. burbee said:
    So this is what I have:

    AMD Phenom Q9950, @2.6 Ghz + ASRock n68-s mobo.

    What would be a pretty cheap and decent upgrade for me? As you may have noticed, this is a pretty old cpu and mobo:P

    Intel or AMD? And what mobo would you recommend with it? And I really can not afford very expensive hardware at the moment.

    I'm using an ASUS GTX660 Top. (Replacing cpu because I get bottlenecked)


    It depends on what you are going to be doing with this computer.
  2. What is the maximum you want to spend? Can't really give an answer until we know what the budget is.
  3. under a 100$ for the mobo, and perhaps 100-150$ on cpu?
  4. rds1220 said:
    It depends on what you are going to be doing with this computer.


    Well, gaming whenever I can.. Like I said, my card gets bottlenecked now :P
  5. If the main purpose is gaming I would go with Intel. You are going to need a new motherboard, new CPU and new RAM. Are you keeping anything from the old computer or are you trashing the whole thing and starting over. If all you are getting is a new motherboard, RAM and CPU I would go with an Ivy Bridges I5 (220 dollars), Z77 motherboard (120 dollars) and 8 Gigs of RAM (35-40 dollars.) That will come to about 380 dolllars.
  6. rds1220 said:
    If the main purpose is gaming I would go with Intel. You are going to need a new motherboard, new CPU and new RAM. Are you keeping anything from the old computer or are you trashing the whole thing and starting over. If all you are getting is a new motherboard, RAM and CPU I would go with an Ivy Bridges I5 (220 dollars), Z77 motherboard (120 dollars) and 8 Gigs of RAM (35-40 dollars.) That will come to about 380 dolllars.



    The main thing is: Getting rid of the bottleneck on the 660 :P I assume that's the cheapest i5?
    Quite an expensive set
  7. Wisecracker said:



    Looks pretty much a bottleneck-eliminating upgrade! But I do not think newegg ships to holland? :(
  8. burbee said:
    The main thing is: Getting rid of the bottleneck on the 660 :P I assume that's the cheapest i5?
    Quite an expensive set


    No it's the most expensive I5 because it has the unlocked multiplier. There are cheaper I5's but they can't really be overclocked. I would not go with Phenom II. While it's still capable of playing games it is starting to show it's age. You are going from a old processor to a slightly less old processor.

    EDIT: Also if the I5 is still to expensive you can go with the I3 which will be pretty close to the price of the Phenom II and at stock clocks the I3 will be faster.
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