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Hey guys, I have a AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE in my system with an AM3+ socket. What's the best overall performance processor upgrade I can get that will fit in a AM3+ socket and can be overclocked? I don't care about onboard graphics as I will wont be using them. Thanks!
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Hey guys, I have a AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE in my system with an AM3+ socket. What's the best overall performance processor upgrade I can get that will fit in a AM3+ socket and can be overclocked? I don't care about onboard graphics as I will wont be using them. Thanks!
What mobo/cpu cooler/PSU you have?
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I have an GA-870A-UD3, cooler I have a Hyper 212 plus but I plan on getting an H100, and PSU is Corsair TX650. Thanks.
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So I guess you have the GA-870A-UD3 rev. 3.1.
1) You will need some VRM cooler on it too if you want to ocing a FX chip.
2) FX-8120 is the best one on the list.
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I have an GA-870A-UD3, cooler I have a Hyper 212 plus but I plan on getting an H100, and PSU is Corsair TX650. Thanks.
Instead of getting an h100, I would probably just keep that 212+ and upgrade your mobo instead. Get something like a GA-990FXA-UD3, on sale right now $99 after mir: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514
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The 955 is still a really strong CPU. I would invest in a hyper 212 if you are using stock cooling still and wait for haswell
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I have an GA-870A-UD3, cooler I have a Hyper 212 plus but I plan on getting an H100, and PSU is Corsair TX650. Thanks.

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So I guess you have the GA-870A-UD3 rev. 3.1.
1) You will need some VRM cooler on it too if you want to ocing a FX chip.
2) FX-8120 is the best one on the list.

Hrm. Maybe. There's a lot of solid phases there! If you're aiming at above 4ghz then yes.

That's basically a 970A-UD3 which I had but without a heatsink on the mosfets which is a nice way to add maybe 100-400 more mhz to your machine!
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Alright, so if I get that mobo, I should stick with the 212+? I'm looking for better overclocking ability so wouldn't a water cooler be better?
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