AMD 3000+ upgrade? socket 939

July 5, 2009 at 01:15:16
Specs: Windows XP
Hey guys I am trying to deiced what to do with my set up.

AMD 3000+ (socket 939)
2 gb ram
geforce 9800+
100 gb hd.
any other question?

I am trying to decide if i want to upgrade my processor or not (has been really slow when it comes to games, ect) My budget is about 150-200. My friend told me I dont have many options with socket 939 because its outdated- but said he would try and overclock it if i wanted. any advice you guys have I would appreciate. Is there any replacement processors I could get So i dont have to start from scratch.


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July 5, 2009 at 01:36:54
For this sort of question you really need to look at your motherboard. Find out what model it is and look for the cpu support specs, find the fastest supported processor and see if you can source one/what the price is and work downwards.

I'm not a serious gamer but I would think for a serious gamer that setup would have been traded in about three or four cycles ago(perhaps less for the graphics card). If you want a really good performance increase you would probably need to start from scratch.....

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July 5, 2009 at 03:58:19
Yeah your friend is right you are running out of options. You wouldn't really gain anything by buying a higher clocked single core S939 Athlon 64 and the S939 Athlon 64 Dual Cores are going for way too much then they are worth now. Your best bet would be to overclock it and save that money you have now up towards a better system in the future.

Iron Sharpens Iron.

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July 5, 2009 at 08:04:08
Yeah, for whatever reason, S939 dual core CPUs are extremely expensive. But if you have a decent board, you should be able to overclock the 3000+ & buy yourself a little time. 2.25GHz *should* be possible IF you have the right board.

As for your system being slow...make sure you don't have a lot of garbage loading at startup & sucking up the resources. You should have very few icons in the system, antivirus, firewall & network are the only ones that are necessary. And if you don't have a cleaner such as CCleaner-slim or Glary Utilities-slim, get one & use it daily.

How to use MSCONFIG in Windows XP to disable some of the unnecessary programs that automatically load on start-up

"My budget is about 150-200"

That's actually enough for a decent AMD AM2+/AM3 budget build. I was gonna jump on the following board myself but it sold out too quickly:

ECS 780G/SB750 motherboard - $55 after rebate

Here's another possibilty:

ASRock 780G/SB710 motherboard - $70

4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2-1066 - $50

AMD X2 7750 Kuma black edition - $65

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