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My rig is over a year old now & many of my components are actually older than that. I know the windows index score isn't a very accurate assessment of my pc's performance but it's a baseline, I get a 5.9 grade due to my hdd's but everything else scores 7+. I'm a gamer & skyrim is my current addiction. maxing everything out will crash my system & I'm all about eye candy. I'm a little behind in what's current because for about 4 months my pc was down & I didn't have the cash to fix it. my rig is in my sig of course & I just want to know whats the cheapest route to up my performance.

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post #2 of 32
I'd say simply upgrade to a Phenom II 965BE. Great processor. Moparman is selling one for $95 US. It will work in your mobo too. Least expensive and best upgrade for you.
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Thread Starter 
did that cpu unlock for him?
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post #4 of 32
Yep, the CPU is your only weak link. Just check to see if your temps are fine when you start gaming, maybe ramp up the fan speeds or update your drivers?
    
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post #5 of 32
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temp's are good to go for me, I really think it's just my cpu can't keep up with the game, my gpu doesn't see much of a workout but my cpu is definitely struggling to keep up.
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post #6 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcochran1998 View Post

did that cpu unlock for him?

965s dont unlock anything? Are you thinking of a 960T?

+1 for CPU upgrade.
Edited by mad0314 - 1/12/12 at 11:23pm
    
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post #7 of 32
Thread Starter 
Yeah sorry, I tend to mix up names & numbers. permanent short term memory loss is a pain in the ***.
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post #8 of 32
+2 for CPU upgrade. If you aren't willing to spend a lot of money grab a PII x4. (Like the one linked above)
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post #9 of 32
+ 1 for the 965.
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post #10 of 32
Do agree on the 965.
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