Solved I want to upgrade my CPU.

March 13, 2014 at 23:56:30
Specs: Windows 7
Title. I'm exploring my options, whether I should build a whole new rig or not, or if I can just save a ton of money by upgrading the CPU instead. I'm content with what I've got already, but it feels like my current CPU is really bottlenecking me. I'm honestly not sure where to start looking.

So, hoping you awesome guys can give me some much-needed advice.

Thanks so much for your time!

Windows (Service Pack 1)
Pegatron M2N68-LA
AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 215 Processor
2.72 GHz
8.59 GB
ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
792.72 MB

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March 14, 2014 at 05:38:27
I'm curious where you got the above info. The M2N68-LA is generally used in HP systems. If that's what you have, please list the model & model number.

It's doubtful you have 8.59GB memory because it appears that board only supports up to 4GB. And there are several different models in the HD 4600 series. You didn't state what you primarily use the system for but if it's gaming, the CPU isn't the bottleneck, the video card is. Regardless, processor upgrade info can be found here:

If you don't know your system specs, try using Speccy-Slim:

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March 14, 2014 at 10:10:30
Yeah, that was my bad. I was kinda half-asleep, and I got the information from a place I probably shouldn't have gotten it from. XD Here's the information I received from Speccy:

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
AMD Athlon II X2 215
Regor 45nm Technology
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 535MHz (7-7-7-20)
HP 2009 (1600x900@60Hz)
1024MB ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series (ATI AIB)
465GB Western Digital WDC WD50 00AAKS-65V0A SCSI Disk Device (SATA)

And, yeah, it's an HP PC bundle. I did some upgrades myself (chiefly, the RAM and GPU), but I figured the CPU was my bottleneck since it never uses all of the resources available to it.

I primarily use the system for gaming, but I've recently been getting into streaming. I want to stream more modern, resource-intensive games, so I'm mostly again looking for whether I should build a new rig or upgrade something in the current setup I've got.

Not sure if this is the HP bundle information you need, but this is what I have available to me: Pavilion a4317 c-b. This is the most information I've been able to find for the particular kind of system I've got:

And even then I'm not entirely sure if that's going to help anymore than what was received from Speccy.

Additional information that may help:


Cores 2
Threads 2
Name AMD Athlon II X2 215
Code Name Regor
Package Socket AM3 (938)
Technology 45nm
Specification AMD Athlon II X2 215 Processor
Family F
Extended Family 10
Model 6
Extended Model 6
Stepping 2
Revision DA-C2
Instructions MMX (+), 3DNow! (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4A, AMD 64, NX, VMX
Virtualization Supported, Enabled
Hyperthreading Not supported


Model Narra6 (CPU 1)
Chipset Vendor NVIDIA
Chipset Model MCP61
Chipset Revision A3
Southbridge Vendor NVIDIA
Southbridge Model MCP61
Southbridge Revision A2


Manufacturer ATI
Model Radeon HD 4600 Series
Device ID 1002-9490
Subvendor ATI AIB (1787)
Current Performance Level Level 0
Voltage 1.200 V
Technology 55 nm
Die Size 145 mm²
Transistors 514 M
Release Date Sep 10, 2008
DirectX Support 10.1
DirectX Shader Model 4.1
OpenGL Support 3.0
GPU Clock 750.0 MHz
Temperature 47 °C
Core Voltage 1.200 V
Bios Core Clock 750.00
Bios Mem Clock 800.00
Driver version 8.970.100.7000
BIOS Version 113-SBSK2G08-00R-00
ROPs 8
Shaders 320 unified
Memory Type DDR3
Memory 1024 MB
Bus Width 64x2 (128 bit)
Pixel Fillrate 6.0 GPixels/s
Texture Fillrate 24.0 GTexels/s
Bandwidth 25.6 GB/s
Noise Level Moderate
Max Power Draw 59 Watts

Again, thanks for all the help. I really, really appreciate everything!

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March 14, 2014 at 11:29:55
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The bottleneck is the RAM & video card. It's probably not cost effective to replace the RAM, but you should be aware that it's holding your system back. This article is a bit dated but check the differences between DDR2-533 & DDR2-800:

Judging from the specs, your video card is an HD 4670. It's not a bad card but it's defintely beginning to show its age. If you haven't upgraded the power supply, it would most likely need to be replaced before installing a more powerful gaming card.

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March 14, 2014 at 13:12:14
All right. Looks like I'm just going to focus on building a new rig. It's long overdue, anyway, I just wanted to explore my options like I said. I really appreciate you guys taking the time and effort to read and respond to my inquiry. You guys are awesome!

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