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Athlon II x4 640(4ghz)
Phenom II x2 555 and unlock cores if you mobo lets you(3.6/3.8GHz/4ghz)
Phenom II x4 925(3.6ghz/4ghz)/840(4ghz)/955(3.6/3.8/4ghz)
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Thanks for the replies.

So, by how much would my FPS go down or be bottle necked with my CPU, compared to a quad core Phenom II x4?
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If you want a cheap replacement, get an Athlon II X4 and overclock it as high as you can take it. Even getting it to 3.2/3.4Ghz would make markable improvement.
    
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The Athlons don't have L3 Cache though. What Phenom II X4 -X6 would be good for this? Up to about 100 Eur

Or should I just wait one more year and get the i5 3500k with new RAM and Mobo?
Edited by Atham - 12/13/11 at 11:39am
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The Athlons don't have L3 Cache though. What Phenom II X4 -X6 would be good for this? Up to about 100 Eur
Or should I just wait one more year and get the i5 3500k with new RAM and Mobo?

The L3 won't enhance your gaming performance substantially. The reason I suggested it is because they're generally to be had for decent sub $100 prices.

As for a platform upgrade and waiting, that's completely up to you. Is your performance as is currently fine for you? If so then wait! thumb.gif
    
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I didn't get the GPU yet. Might buy some more RAM, Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL9 8GB.

And I am not sure if I am happy with my performance - that is why I ask you guys.

So what do you think. 8GB RAM, Dualie, HD 6950. Will it work well?
Edited by Atham - 12/13/11 at 12:39pm
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The answer is you will be able to game comfortably just fine. The term "bottleneck" gets thrown around far too much around here and people are misleading other people left and right. Fact is in most cases, you won't even notice it unless you look at the fps numbers.
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Sometimes I will run Fraps and see if my frames are above 30. I want to know if I can play 30 and above in most games i.e. Deus Ex HR, MMOs, AC series, Portal and games as such.
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All games will run at 40+ fps if you use medium setting with the HD6950 on your athlon dualcore.
If you crank settings to high, it will dip to 25-30 fps which is no longer smooth.

With a quad athlon or phenom, all games will run at 60+fps on high settings.


(that is just so you get an idea of the upgrade)
my nephew has an intel E5700 3.0 Ghz which is similar to the athlon II dualcore performance and its bottlenecking an HD6770 on F1 2011 and MW3.
If I plug the 6770 on my unlocked athlon x3, i can run MW3 at max.
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I don't want to get a new CPU, and then next year get another one.

I will not play shooters, not my type of game. I will have a res of 1920 x 1080.

Buying a new CPU would be above my budget.

What do you suggest?
Edited by Atham - 12/14/11 at 10:04am
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