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January 2, 2013 at 08:32:57
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon 64x2 / 3gb RAM

Hi guys,

Please forgive my ignorance, I'm not great with computers.

I would like to put the fastest possible processor into my computer but I know that this will be limited by my motherboard.

I have an ALiveNF7G-HD720 and the information page for that is here:

http://www.asrock.com/mb/NVIDIA/ALi...

Unfortunately, I just don't understand the technical information on there!

Is there anyone who could explain to me in simple terms what the best possible processor is for this motherboard and where I might buy one?

With many thanks in advance.


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January 3, 2013 at 16:39:18

Almost all games list both minimum & recommended requirements. The minimum nvidia graphics required for Football Manager 2013 is the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, the recommended is the GT 330.

http://www.game-debate.com/games/in...

Now look at the following chart. The integrated nvidia 7025 is 4 tiers from the bottom, the FX 5900 Ultra is another 6 tiers up from there. The GT 330 isn't listed, but it's said to perform similar to the 9600GSO which is another 11 tiers up the chart. So which upgrade do you think is needed - graphics or CPU?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...



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January 2, 2013 at 09:01:50

Have a look at the CPU support list: http://www.asrock.com/mb/NVIDIA/ALi...

And make sure you've seen this:

*If you use AM3 / AM2+ CPU on AM2 chipset motherboard, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0 (5200 MT/s) to HT1.0 (2000 MT/s), but the CPU frequency will not be influenced.

You will most likely have to update the BIOS to run a newer CPU. And that MUST be done while the old CPU is still in place. Which CPU do you currently have & what's the purpose of the upgrade? Do you have a decent video card or are you using the integrated video? Do you plan on installing Win7?


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January 3, 2013 at 04:43:12

Hi riider,

Thanks for the speedy reply and sorry for the delay, I was away from home yesterday.

This sounds like it might not be as easy as I'd hoped!

The purpose of the upgrade is to make my computer run as quickly as it's able to given the motherboard constraints, particularly because I want to play large, data heavy games like Football Manager 2013 and the game speed is too slow currently.

I hadn't planned to upgrade to Windows 7 but if you think it advisable then I would certainly consider it.

Looking at my system information, the current CPU is "x86 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~2593 Mhz"

How does that compare speed wise to the others on the list? In your view, is upgrading the CPU worthwhile? And is it easy to update the BIOS?!

Many thanks again for your help.


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January 3, 2013 at 05:08:06

"I want to play large, data heavy games like Football Manager 2013 and the game speed is too slow currently"

I had a feeling the upgrade might be for gaming, that's why I asked about the graphics. If you're still using the onboard video, your upgrade money should be spent on a video card, not a CPU upgrade. This article should be helpful:

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December 2012

Be aware that a power supply (PSU) upgrade may also be necessary to power the video card. But that would depend on what PSU you currently have & which video card you choose. If you don't know your PSU specs, the easiest way to find out would be to open the case & look at the label. Here's an example:

http://www.rosewill.com/Mgnt/Upload...


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#4
January 3, 2013 at 05:16:58

Hi riider,

Thanks! The words I used to describe my rationale for the upgrade probably weren't helpful actually. Football Manager 2013 isn't demanding in terms of graphics but it has a huge database attached to it (a database that gets bigger and bigger as you continue with the game) and it's that which makes the game slow.

I did upgrade my RAM a while back and that made a difference but it just struck me that a speedier CPU might be worthwhile too. What do you think? Or is it only worthwhile if I upgrade operating system?


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January 3, 2013 at 16:39:18
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Almost all games list both minimum & recommended requirements. The minimum nvidia graphics required for Football Manager 2013 is the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, the recommended is the GT 330.

http://www.game-debate.com/games/in...

Now look at the following chart. The integrated nvidia 7025 is 4 tiers from the bottom, the FX 5900 Ultra is another 6 tiers up from there. The GT 330 isn't listed, but it's said to perform similar to the 9600GSO which is another 11 tiers up the chart. So which upgrade do you think is needed - graphics or CPU?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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January 4, 2013 at 03:09:31

Super work riider, thanks! I know this must all be obvious to you but it's not at all to me so your guidance is very much appreciated. I'll snap myself up a new video card. Incidentally, I did see on one of your links that the recommended CPU requirements for Football Manager 2013 is 'Dual Core 4200+'...and that is a much higher spec than my processor isn't it? Would a combined video card and processor upgrade make even more difference to the computer speed?


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#7
January 4, 2013 at 07:12:38

"the recommended CPU requirements for Football Manager 2013 is 'Dual Core 4200+'...and that is a much higher spec than my processor isn't it?"

You didn't say which CPU you have. For your specs you put "AMD Athlon 64x2" so apparently you have a dual core CPU. In response #2 you added "x86 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~2593 Mhz". My best guess is you either have a 5000+ or 5200+, so your CPU exceeds the recommended requirement.

http://products.amd.com/en-us/deskt...

This program will nail it down for you:

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-...


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