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960t or 1045t?

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December 29, 2012 2:19:32 PM

I am looking to upgrade my older pc for the wife and kids for gaming, (skyrim/fallout, etc.). i currently have an older dual core AMD cpu installed, (2.40 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+)

The motherboard supports only 95w CPU's
MOBO: Board: K9N6PGM2-V2 (MS-7309) 2.0
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. V10.6 10/27/2011

This PC plays these game so-so, my win experience lists the cpu as the weakest link at 5.3 where everything else is 6.9 - 7.8

Current system;

MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 (MS-7309) 2.0
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Windsor 2.4GHz Socket AM2 Dual-Core Processor
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM 800 Mhz
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870
COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3 92mm CPU Cooler
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W PSU
Seagate Barracuda 500GB
SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB SATA III MLC (SSD)

My question is which of these would be better suited for gaming?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Processor-Edition-Sock...

Both of these ARE supported by my MOBO

Thank you in advance and have a sunny day :D 

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December 29, 2012 2:23:17 PM

The X4 is better for gaming because of the higher clock speed, almost all games do not benefit from the extra cores on the X6.
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December 29, 2012 3:03:42 PM

Thanks for the quick response :)  i wanted to shy away from a used CPU, but i gotta do what i gotta do, huh?
That was my choice in the 1st place but have been finding it difficult to find a new 960t sadly, but i wanted a little feedback before i ordered it used from Amazon this morning.

I want to upgrade the MOBO to something a little (lot?) newer but don't really want to purchase a new OS for a new MOBO, (OEM win7/64)

Anyway, thanks again and happy gaming :D 
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December 29, 2012 3:03:50 PM

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