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I'd get the 960T, it's rather affordable, and a solid CPU.
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^^ This, unless you want a time bomb.
And try to get an extre $30 or so for a capable heatsink, i suppose you are using the Athlon's heatsink (the huge piece of aluminum) and unless is the version with heatpipes i think it will not handle any Phenoms heat, even the heatpipe version has a hard time handling it, so try to get a hyper 212+ or something like that (cheap and proved) and some goo TIM
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the 960T is a good cpu for gaming. i have mine at 4.0ghz, but even at stock it is good, i run FA, L4D2, Black ops, bf3, cod4, dirt 3, MW3, and all with no cpu issues. the only one that comes close to maxing it out at stock is BF3. the factory HSF is ok at stock settings, but when you are able to OC it you will need better cooling. if you unlock it to an x6 you will need good cooling for it.
post #14 of 25
link to the supported cpu's for your board
http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-Foxconn/M61PMP-K.html
i would spend some cash on a new board. i dont see you finding anything better than what you already have.
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Originally Posted by Redwoodz View Post

With that mobo, I would grab an Athlon II 460,or grab a 95w 960T and keep it stock.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking really. But, which one is better overall for BF3?
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Yeah, that's what I was thinking really. But, which one is better overall for BF3?

get the 960t
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post #17 of 25
you should all be looking at this page to find a COMPATIBLE processor for his board

http://www.foxconnsupport.com/cpusupportlist.aspx?type=mb&socket=Socket%20AM3&model=M61PMP-K&cputype=AMD

the best youre going to do is a triple core 740 for the clock speed or a quad core 910 because of the L3 cache. if you dont care about L3 cache that would help some with gaming it would be the quad 820 for its 200mhz higher clock

if your bios or even an updated bios doesnt support a processor, its pointless to even think about buying it. youll have to buy a new mobo to use it.
as i said earlier, buy a better board. a better board let you overclock what you have already
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post #18 of 25
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you should all be looking at this page to find a COMPATIBLE processor for his board
http://www.foxconnsupport.com/cpusupportlist.aspx?type=mb&socket=Socket%20AM3&model=M61PMP-K&cputype=AMD
the best youre going to do is a triple core 740 for the clock speed or a quad core 910 because of the L3 cache. if you dont care about L3 cache that would help some with gaming it would be the quad 820 for its 200mhz higher clock
if your bios or even an updated bios doesnt support a processor, its pointless to even think about buying it. youll have to buy a new mobo to use it.
as i said earlier, buy a better board. a better board let you overclock what you have already

I know what my motherboard supports. I do not see the need for a newer motherboard, since I'm not exactly wanting to OC. I don't have that much money, and there's no sense in trashing a board that's perfectly fine, and that works for me.

- Keep in mind, I only have a Dual-core (AMD Athlon II X2 270) and I'm software overclocking it to 3.8Ghz currently. There's no sense in trying to spend 100$ + on a mATX motherboard that fits into my case, swap it out, install CPU, and only be able to overclock to 4Ghz, and have to deal with Low FPS. I could just spend 100$ on a Quad-core CPU, and be done with it.
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the best youre going to do is a triple core 740 for the clock speed or a quad core 910 because of the L3 cache. if you dont care about L3 cache that would help some with gaming it would be the quad 820 for its 200mhz higher clock

that is what is compatible. not very much of a list and certainly not worth the 'upgrade'
you can not like this all you want. it doesnt change what will work in your mobo.
if your mind is set on that 460 or 960t, borrow 1 from someone and see if it works. i dont want to see you waste money on a processor that the mobo manufacturer says will not work.
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post #20 of 25
I went from a b55 x4 to a 970 x4 and noticed huge improvements even at the same clocks. I don't rate 'unlocked' CPU's at all. They always end up failing and giving less performance, In my personal experience anyway.

The 970 I had was insane, it was a superior binned chip. I was overclocking it to 4ghz on 1.29vcore and 4.2ghz at 1.35vcore. The 970's are easy 4ghz chips.

Might be worth starting to invest in a new build though instead of pumping money into a dated system?
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