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I'm looking to upgrade my CPU but don't know if my computer (specifically my motherboard) can handle it.
I wanted to get the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition and I probably need a better power supply because of it, was looking at Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W v2.3 Power Supply.

So can my computer handle this or do you guys think there's a better option?
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I saw another thread that suggested you could. (they were running a 965BE and looking to updgrade).

I personally would look to get a new mobo/CPU and Ram. You may be able to get some good deals on Second hand AM3 stuff as people upgarde to Bulldozer.
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To be honest, A whole overhaul would be best option.

But if you don't have the cash, I would stick with what you have now until you can manage to find the funds to buy some better parts.

If still not possible, Go for a X4 955 BE, But don't overclock.
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Thanks for the reply, but I was looking around google and couldn't find if my motherboard can run the cpu, if it can ill get the cpu first, then a new motherboard and ram after I have the money as that makes sense to me, unless someone has a better order of upgrading?

So main question, will it be safe and/or worth it to run this cpu on my motherboard?

EDIT: So is there a huge improvement between the 955 and 1100 for gaming? And why not the 965?
Edited by 69ways2die - 10/14/11 at 6:52pm
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There would be no difference in gaming between the a 955 and a 1100T. As AMDROCKs says dont overclock. Its not likely your mobo's VRMs would handle the additional power needed.

You will need another PSU. A good quality 500W will be plenty. I think Coolermaster PSUs can abe a bit hit/miss.

I would look at a Seasonic/Corsair or Silverstone.
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I saw another thread that suggested you could. (they were running a 965BE and looking to updgrade).

I personally would look to get a new mobo/CPU and Ram. You may be able to get some good deals on Second hand AM3 stuff as people upgarde to Bulldozer.
lol who is gonna upgrade to bulldozer...?
    
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post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by 69ways2die View Post
I'm looking to upgrade my CPU but don't know if my computer (specifically my motherboard) can handle it.
I wanted to get the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition and I probably need a better power supply because of it, was looking at Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W v2.3 Power Supply.

So can my computer handle this or do you guys think there's a better option?
Why are you upgrading ? answer this question, then you have your answer.
post #8 of 9
I can understand wanting to get more out of your system, but not having much to spend. But to be honest, with your board.. there are a lot of limitations, and to get a chip that would fit in it, would be 1. limiting what you could be getting instead, and 2, limiting that chip itself.
So save up, and grab a cpu motherboard combo to save a bit of money. Don't go buy a cpu that works in ur acer. You won't be happy with the money you've spent because it just simply won't be much of an improvement

And you will need a psu no matter what. 300w isn't enough to run any newer systems well. It may boot yes, but you won't be gaming.
minimum 450. grab a 550 to be safe.
A corsair or silverstone is best, but expensive. I grabbed a OCZ Fatal1ty 550 modular, for like $45, was 32$ after rebate. Very happy with it.
Edited by Jtmarch86 - 10/14/11 at 7:53pm
    
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post #9 of 9
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Really appreciating the help
But the 965BE looks similar to the 955BE but has 3.4Ghz instead of 955BE's 3.2GHz and I get it for just 10 bucks more, is there something I'm overlooking with the 965BE?

And if anyone has the time to help me shop for a future mobo and ram that would great too. Preferably from this site http://www.canadacomputers.com/
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