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Help, suggestions, and advice for upgrading my rig's CPU
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Posted February 16, 2013 at 4:16PM
I have built my own gaming PC.
I'm semi-knowledgeable when it comes to PC repair/upgrades and general knowledge regarding PCs. Anyhow, I have never ventured into the realm of processor upgrades. My rig is mainly used for gaming, and I'm obsessed with ultra graphics tweaking and settings. My current set up is:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Central Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Memory: 1.25 GB Hard Drive: 1 TB RAM: 6GB DIMM 64 Bit 1333 MHZ
The nitty-gritty of my current cpu is:
CPU Name AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor Code Name Model 5, Stepping 3 Manufacturer AuthenticAMD Current Clock Speed 3000 Mhz Max Clock Speed 3000 Mhz Voltage 1.5V External Clock 200 Mhz
CPU ID: AMD64 Family 16 Model 5 Stepping 3 Socket Designation: CPU 1
As for the motherboard:
Motherboard Model 2AB1 Manufacturer FOXCONN BIOS Name BIOS Date: 09/07/10 08:41:32 Ver: 6.04 BIOS Vendor American Megatrends Inc. SMBIOS Version 6.04 BIOS Date 9/7/2010
Anyhow, my question:
I figured the best way to beef up my rig is to go with a new processor as its probably about the weakest part of my rig. A new motherboard or more RAM is also a possibility if you think it would be necessary. I'm trying to hover within or around the 500$ range, but I'm flexible. What would be a good processor that would fit my motherboard and offer a decent upgrade in processing power?
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