Solved AMD CPU upgrade recomendation for gaming

September 21, 2011 at 11:50:30
Specs: Windows Vista x64 Ultimate, AMD Phenom II X4 920
I'm currently running the AMD Phenom II 920 X4 (2.8Ghz) and i'm thinking about upgrading my CPU to another AMD Phenom X4. I'm a casual gamer with a 2 year old system build. I recently upgraded from a Radeon 4770 to the 6770 and it made a world of a difference in games. My system also has 8GB of PC2-6400 Ram. Would upgrading the CPU make a noticable difference while gaming? Currently theres Phenom X4's that go up to 3.7Ghz, but i'm thinking about getting the 3.4Ghz because it's more in my price range, would the X4 3.4Ghz be a good upgrade or should I just go for the X4 3.7Ghz?

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#1
September 21, 2011 at 20:48:58
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Depending on the motherboard, you may be able to overclock your processor to around 3.4-3.8GHz.

"Would upgrading the CPU make a noticable difference while gaming?"
Not enough of a difference to warrant the upgrade. If you can, overclock your current processor, or wait until the AMD Bulldozer and Intel Ivy Bridge processors are released and build a new system.

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#2
September 22, 2011 at 04:53:55
I agree with jack, your current system can play any title on high settings, start with OC CPU then u can try to push the video card clocks.

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#3
September 22, 2011 at 07:19:15
If anything, you should have invested in a better video card. The HD 6770 is OK, but it's not a huge upgrade from the HD 4770. Hopefully the card you bought has GDDR5 memory rather than DDR3.

Apparently you have an older motherboard because you have DDR2 memory. I agree with the others - if your board supports overclocking, hang on to your money for the time being & just overclock the current CPU, possibly the video card as well.


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#4
September 24, 2011 at 12:32:41
Yea I thought about getting a better GPU, specifically the 6950, but the 6770 currently plays all the games that i'm currently playing maxed out at 1920x1200, so i'm very impressed with the performance for the money. The biggest jump from the 4770 to the 6770 was the 6770 has twice as much GDDR5 Ram, so I can play games at 1920x1200, unlike with the 4770 I was only able to play games at like 720P.

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#5
September 24, 2011 at 12:33:30
If I put a good cooler on my CPU and overclock it, does overclocking shorten the life of the CPU?

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#6
September 25, 2011 at 02:32:50
If I put a good cooler on my CPU and overclock it, does overclocking shorten the life of the CPU?
If done correct it will not. Stock cooler can manage 3.4ghz or more.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#7
September 26, 2011 at 04:53:50
If you'll post the make/model of your board, someone will suggest the best overclock settings, but we need to know what you're working with.

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