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December 26, 2012 7:55:26 PM

Hey all, im looking to grab a new processor as my old one doesnt cut it for gaming anymore. Gets choppy in certain games. Im looking to go from

AMD Athlon II x2 260 3.2ghz

What ive been looking at is this one.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Phenom-Processor-Socket-War...

£100 is around my budget range. Please give feedback.

thanks all.
December 26, 2012 8:07:35 PM

I agree with the man above, the FX series is an amazing CPU.
If you have the cash, go for the eight core, and go get an H80 Cooler so you can overclock it and deal with the heat.
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December 26, 2012 8:12:42 PM

I dont so much need to overclock it yet. As long as its a massive upgrade from my old one.
December 26, 2012 8:14:56 PM

Probably, seeing as your getting an extra 4 cores!:p 
December 26, 2012 8:18:04 PM

"facedesk" true lol, ive just looked up the 8 coure, its a bit more expensive "lows of £114". But i dont think i can strech that far.
December 26, 2012 8:21:54 PM

You will problably be just fine with the 6 core anyway!x)
December 26, 2012 8:25:48 PM

I also recomend the FX series. I have an FX6300 which will give you one fps less than an i5 and is much cheaper than an i5.
December 26, 2012 8:31:35 PM

What would the FPS difference be like with the 6 core one linked?, i use a MSI GTX 550 ti GPu, and my CPU is above.
December 27, 2012 3:35:45 PM

Just checked my MoBo's CPU compatability, it doesnt seem to be able to have the bulldozer. Can take the phenom II x6 though.
December 27, 2012 3:57:09 PM

I would just go with the phenom, not worth another am3+ mobo and the pain of registering windows again after the upgrade.
December 27, 2012 6:02:37 PM

Ok well whatl the upgrade be like?, Will it be a big difference in frame rate?.
December 27, 2012 6:16:26 PM

what gpu do you have? In most games the GPU is where the bottle neck is not the cpu so it depends.
December 27, 2012 6:19:59 PM

Hard to say as hardware configurations can be highly variable.
to get a general idea of the CPU check passmark's benchmarks.

cite: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
FX-6100 = ~5409
x2 260 = ~1803

In my experience:
Any CPU that scores over 5k is good for gaming
After 5k the GPU is the bottleneck
December 27, 2012 6:20:47 PM

My GPU is a MSI GTX 550 ti cyclone II.
December 27, 2012 6:35:13 PM

Not to bad.
Can't really predict what the FPS difference will be though.
The CPU upgrade should definitely help.
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December 27, 2012 8:09:21 PM

Dreadbeard said:
Hey all, im looking to grab a new processor as my old one doesnt cut it for gaming anymore. Gets choppy in certain games. Im looking to go from

AMD Athlon II x2 260 3.2ghz

What ive been looking at is this one.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Phenom-Processor-Socket-War...

£100 is around my budget range. Please give feedback.

thanks all.



For gaming your best choices at that budget:


http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-HDZ965FBGMBOX-Phenom-II-965...


For this processor make sure your motherboard has a bios update for compatability.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-FX4300-Edition-4-0GHz-Socke...
















December 27, 2012 9:02:00 PM

maxalge said:
That processor is garbage for gaming actually.

HATERS GON HATE
December 27, 2012 10:27:31 PM

My MoBo cannot handel either of the CPU's you linked, i can habdel a phenom 6 core, 2.8ghz and other lower core ones.
December 27, 2012 10:36:01 PM

Property Value
Manufacturer FOXCONN
Model A76GMV

CPU AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 260 Processor
Cpu Socket Socket AM3 (938)

I think thats what my MoBo is, anything that is rgeat for gaming thatl fit on there please link.


December 27, 2012 10:40:05 PM

I would get a new mobo then. What do you have an am2 board?
December 27, 2012 11:33:47 PM

AM3. all above You post mate.
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December 28, 2012 8:21:57 PM

linglingjr said:
HATERS GON HATE




One of my systems has a 1055t @ 3.8ghz.


The 6100 is garbage for gaming.
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December 28, 2012 8:24:31 PM

Dreadbeard said:
My MoBo cannot handel either of the CPU's you linked, i can habdel a phenom 6 core, 2.8ghz and other lower core ones.



http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-Foxconn/A76GMV.html


http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Phenom-Quad-Core-Processor-...



Your motherboard has the 955, 1045t, and 945 in it's compatability list. All should be in your budget.

Those are your best bet, the 955 would be best because it is fully unlocked for overclocking.


But you cant go wrong with any of the three.
December 28, 2012 8:27:34 PM

Dreadbeard said:
AM3. all above You post mate.

I swear that wasn't there when I posted that...
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December 28, 2012 8:45:02 PM

6100 is garbage, whoever even thinks it's good for the money should be slapped in the face with a bass. Buy a 6300, it's a decent CPU.
6100, what a joke...
December 28, 2012 8:59:40 PM

payturr said:
6100 is garbage, whoever even thinks it's good for the money should be slapped in the face with a bass. Buy a 6300, it's a decent CPU.
6100, what a joke...

I have a 6300 :) 
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December 28, 2012 9:01:01 PM

linglingjr said:
I have a 6300 :) 

And you a smart man for buying that!
December 29, 2012 6:39:49 PM

Awsome, soon as i can afford it ill pick it up. thanks to everyone who helped.
January 7, 2013 3:26:06 PM

Sorry to sort of "necro" an old post. But, the 4 ore 3ghz AMD phenom one, i read a comment that said it already has thermal paste on it?, is that true or should i buy thermal paste for it?.
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