Would I benefit from a CPU upgrade

Hello,
I am wondering if I would benefit from a CPU upgrade. Currently I have an AMD Phenom X4 9600 Black edition. I have a Asus M3A78-EM Motherboard which has a AM2+ socket. My video card is a Radeon HD 4870 with 512 Mb. Basically I am wondering if a better CPU would improve my performance in some games. I can't hold 60 frames in any game really.

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  1. mjones0014 said:
    Hello,
    I am wondering if I would benefit from a CPU upgrade. Currently I have an AMD Phenom X4 9600 Black edition. I have a Asus M3A78-EM Motherboard which has a AM2+ socket. My video card is a Radeon HD 4870 with 512 Mb. Basically I am wondering if a better CPU would improve my performance in some games. I can't hold 60 frames in any game really.

    Thanks


    I think it is the graphics card not the CPU that you have to upgrade. I would be shocked if you are CPU limited with the 4870.
  2. For the AM2+ socket, there's really nothing that will give you more power/better performance. I think it's time for a new build.
  3. Just looked up the CPU support list for the motherboard and apparently it can take some AM3 cpus. Does this change your opinion barto?

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M3A78EM/#support_CPU
  4. Framerates are mostly the GPU not CPU. You have PCIe 2.0 so you have alot of bandwidth. Look at a new GPU.
  5. i think Phenom x6 1090T would be your best bet for CPU
  6. Ok. I was just wondering if it could be the CPU because the computer isn't very quick out of games either.
  7. mjones0014 said:
    Just looked up the CPU support list for the motherboard and apparently it can take some AM3 cpus. Does this change your opinion barto?

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M3A78EM/#support_CPU



    It's interesting that an AM2+ socket would support AM3 cpus. But yes, apart from a BIOS update, you could get a better CPU. However, I do think that the other guys are right as well. A better GPU would help as well.
  8. Sorry I'm such a computer noob. But how does one go about checking/upgrading their BIOS?
  9. That board supports 3.2/3.4Ghz Phenoms. (Phenom X4 955)
    That would give a nice gain over the 2.3Ghz 9600.

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M3A78EM/#support_CPU

    It's getting harder to find those CPUs though.
  10. Start and then search "msinfo32 " no quotes. The first thing that comes up will be a hardware summary. On the right side about 1/3rd of the way down, "BIOS Version/Date". For example, my motherboard: Phoenix Technologies, LTD, P10, 12/30/2009. The version is P10 with the release date.

    Also, you can see where your CPU shapes up against other CPUs here on Tom's CPU Hierarchy.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

    My personally opinion, if you buy a new CPU and GPU, you might as well start a new budget build.
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