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I can't seem to figure out what the current best cpu for my mother board is. I thought I read in the past (over a year ago) that there was going to be a bios update that made it run newer chips. I updated the bios and looked at the CPU list because the bios update says "Supports new cpus" but the only one I see from the latest update is not as good as the cpu i have now. Just want to double check what the current best CPU is and is it worth upgrading from my current CPU.
Currently have a Athlon II X4 640 bought this in 2010 it was 105.99 at the time.

Here is the official CPU support list from ASUS: http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M4N98TD_EVO/#support_CPU

Looks like most of the X6 CPU's are discontinued on newegg.com and expensive as hell around the web. Am I better off getting a new motherboard if i'm going to upgrade my desktop?

NOTE: I don't really NEED to upgrade the desktop I was thinking since I might have a few extra bucks now might be a good time to do so. It still runs all the games I play without a problem and any programs or multi tasking I do fine.
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post #2 of 6
If you are interested in upgrading the cpu,then I would upgrade the mobo also. We don't really to upgrade our rigs,but this ocn and this is our passion.


Btw, what is your budget anyways?
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Honestly I was thinking $100-$150. (IF I was only going to upgrade CPU, but that's basically my budget right now) I built this PC 3 years ago low budget basically. I was looking at the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition which is in my budget atm and I can overclock. I'm hoping to hold off getting CPU and a motherboard for another year, 2 years if I buy a CPU this year. God i'm cheap lol.
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Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS 12X BD-R 8MB Cache SATA Bluray Burner Windows 8 developer preview Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard w/ LCD Display 
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Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS 12X BD-R 8MB Cache SATA Bluray Burner Windows 8 developer preview Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard w/ LCD Display 
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post #4 of 6
the best upgrade would be a 1100t or 1090t, taking full advantage of your beautiful motherboard.
unfortunately it's only am3 and not am3+; moving up to the new FX processors with a new mother board would be the best path in my opinion.

if you're looking to get the most bang for buck get a phenom II be and overclock it.
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Originally Posted by l0max View Post

the best upgrade would be a 1100t or 1090t, taking full advantage of your beautiful motherboard.
unfortunately it's only am3 and not am3+; moving up to the new FX processors with a new mother board would be the best path in my opinion.

if you're looking to get the most bang for buck get a phenom II be and overclock it.

Was there a problem with the 1100t that they are hard to find online? I currently see 2 sites that have them for $300. Is this a good price? If I could get a good 2-3 years before upgrading both Mobo and CPU this might be the way to go. I guess I get into problem because I wait years to upgrade then I kinda miss the small jumps and have to go all out with new board and cpu.

EDIT: They do has some lower priced FX processors that I could combo w/ a MB and leave room for future upgrade next year for the around the same price as the 1100T or a tiny bit more.

EDIT 2: I guess I have to do alot more research I didn't know anything about the FX processors before now.

EDIT 3: Anyone know which one is better? http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/298/AMD_FX-Series_FX-4170_vs_AMD_FX-Series_FX-6100.html
it's only a $5 difference. ones a 4 core 4.2ghz/4.3ghz turbo, the other is 6 core 3.3ghz/3.9ghz turbo. The 6core is $5 cheaper. I'm assuming I would see a big boost either way over my AM3 3.0ghz quad?
Edited by jayquik03 - 2/2/13 at 11:46pm
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Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS 12X BD-R 8MB Cache SATA Bluray Burner Windows 8 developer preview Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard w/ LCD Display 
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post #6 of 6
thubans aren't being made anymore, this is why they're expensive. for people in your situation stuck on an am3 board they are the end of the road.
if you can find a good deal on a 960t, they overclock really well and in some cases unlock to an x6
keep your motherboard for a server or backup build.

the 6xxx series is comparable to a 1090t thuban and should be the minimum amount of performance you should reach for.
the 4xxx series is basically the same cpu that you have.
get the 8320. completely worth the 160 or so dollars and don't settle for less. check out the vishera club for more information.
for a motherboard getting a 970 chipset if you don't plan on crossfiring, 990 if you do.
the asus m5a97 is an excellent motherboard for the price, and leaves some money for the 8320 instead of an 1100t
Edited by l0max - 2/3/13 at 12:57am
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