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CPU Upgrade, what to choose and what should I think about?

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August 18, 2013 3:17:36 AM

MY current hardware specs is as follows:

Motherboard: Asus sabertooth 990FX 1st gen or rev1.0
CPU: AMD Phenom II, x4 945 3.01Ghz
GPU: Nvidia GTX 680 2GB ram
RAM:8GB misc vendors

I'm not very handy when it comes to overclocking so the cpu will more or less run at it's default values. So a lower set cpu with great overclocking abilities won't really do much for me compared to a factory set higher value cpu. If that makes any sense.

So please have that in mind when recomending a good viable upgrade.

This would also be an upgrade to last a few years.
I mainly use this computer for games and watching movies.
Games played, fallout 3; crysis 1, 2, 3; metro 2033, last light; Diablo III and so on.

My budget would be around 250USD

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August 18, 2013 5:16:38 AM

I asume FX is the latest and only version worth it's name?
Made a quick search on 3 computer part vendors in my region (Sweden) and am3+ sockets only showed FX more or less barely saw any other model, like Phenom, Athlon or Sempron.

And I asume FX 8xx, 6xx names the amount of cores available?

I believe I will go out and grab
Will only have to confirm I can afford it, but it looks like I will grab it in a few days. :) 
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August 18, 2013 5:22:27 AM

It's OK. What's the memory model? Using 2 kits?
August 18, 2013 5:49:01 AM

If you mean my RAM I have 2 different crap sets.

Data taken from cpu-z SPD tab.

Slot1: Kingston, PC3-10700; 2048MB; (667Mhz)
Slot2: Kingston, PC3-10700; 2048MB; (667Mhz)
Slot3: Micron Technology, PC3-8500F; 2048MB; (533MHz)
Slot4: Micron Technology, PC3-8500F; 2048MB; (533MHz)

Could probably pick up some new Ram as well.
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August 18, 2013 6:10:53 AM

Then you might take the FX 8320 and upgrade the memory too with a 1600 MHZ 2x4GB compatible kit. I suggest Kingston, Corsair, Crucial or GSkill. You can use manufacturer configurators for finding guaranteed compatible kits.